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Alliance to HEAL seeks treatment system

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -A local organization looking to establish a system to help those battling drug addiction looked at a potential option Thursday.

The Alliance to HEAL heard a presentation from the Madison based Tellurian residential treatment facility which offers both psychological and medical treatment at its facility. Tellurian may provide services to the local effort.

29 people died from drug overdoses in La Crosse County in 2017; hundreds more were saved by medical intervention. Among the needs locally; access to immediate help for addicts that doesn’t involve a hospital emergency room, or jail.

Both La Crosse health systems are part of the effort.

Josh Court, Practice Operations Director at Mayo Clinic Health System says, “There are a couple of residential facilities in town right now. But there are barriers to that. Sometimes the person is on the street, sometimes they’re in jail. The best options are not available to them right now.”

Gundersen Health System Behavioral Health Clinical Manager Tammy Anderson says, “Even though there are resources out there at both health care facilities and out in the community, we really need that one place that people can go in crisis and get that immediate help because that’s really what we’re lacking right now.”

Both Gundersen and Mayo Clinic Health System have contributed $75,000 to the project.

The La Crosse Community Foundation has pledged a total of $225,000 for the four year project. With the County Health Department also contributing to meet the $400,000 Budget.

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