Testing & Prevention

Angel Initiative

What is the program?
The Mo Network Angel Initiative is our program modeled after The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative which was started in Gloucester, Massachusetts by their Chief of Police, Leonard Campanello. The program brings the community together with the assistance of law enforcement, treatment providers, and community activists to treat addiction as it truly is, a health issue that requires treatment and not jail.

This program is the first of its kind in the area and is the joint effort of The Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, Madison County Illinois, Preferred Family Healthcare, Gateway Foundation, Chestnut Healthcare Systems, and Waters Edge Recovery. All of these agencies will work together to ensure that someone struggling with addiction gets the treatment they need.  
How does it work?
If you are struggling with addiction and are hesitant to reach for help because of fear of arrest this program will ensure that you receive treatment for your addiction. If you present yourself to one of the participating police stations an angel will be assigned to you. That angel will help you get into a drug treatment program. Any warrants that you may have will be set aside while you are in treatment as long as they are not violent crimes. The participating agencies will continue to work with you through the recovery process and you will be treated as a person suffering from a disease and not as a criminal. 

The program will fully launch in April of 2016. However, in the meantime the program is available by filling out an intake form on this website and letting us know you wish to be participate in the Angel Initiative
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