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The Eagle River Police Department exchanges handcuffs with a helping handSubmitted: 01/10/2017

Phylicia Ashley
Reporter/Anchor
pashley@wjfw.com


EAGLE RIVER - The Eagle River Police Department and a long-term recovery advocacy group, Community Addiction Recovery and Empowerment, launched its Addiction Assistance Program on Tuesday.

"If there [is] somebody right now struggling with addiction, they could approach the police department or the CARE board and say [they're] in need of help," said C.A.R.E. board member Joshua Reese. "[We'd] love to see people as soon as [right away]."


There are three ways to enter the program: self-referral, investigative referral, and intervention. 

Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen came up with the program. He says partnering with CARE is key to the program's success.

"They're going to be working with us to develop mentors that will help the person going through addiction, work through different things such as getting to their appointments, [back to school and getting them meaningful employment]," Vander Bloomen said. 

The Eagle River Police Department works with multiple care providers. 

It offers inpatient care, outpatient care, faith-based, and free treatment options. 

For more information on the program, contact the Eagle River Police Department at 715-479-1941 or 715-479-4441.


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