Through partnerships, the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy & Programs (OJPP) is implementing the SAFER (Stop Addiction For Everyone Resource) Station program, a First Responder Deflection program offering brief medical screening and direct linkage to substance use treatment for individuals actively using drugs and at risk for overdose in Franklin County. The SAFER multidisciplinary team works to redirect individuals using drugs away from jails or emergency departments and toward community-based treatment. Using a non-judgmental approach rooted in addiction science, SAFER stations is the gateway to treatment services when an individual reaches the Action Stage of Change.
- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are dedicated to addiction and recovery needs, prioritizing individuals coming in to be screened and linked to treatment or in need of Naloxone and Fentanyl Test Strips.
- Wednesday and Friday are dedicated to individuals seeking identification document assistance and help with applying for Jobs and Family Services benefits
- Fridays from 12-4PM, the community is invited to enjoy a hot meal, recovery and harm-reduction lead conversations, and occasionally on-site health screening and immobilizations.
Located at 368 W. Park Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43223 (COTA Stop #2691).