July 2016

July 21, 2016

ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS UNVEIL BOLD NEW INITIATIVE TO ASSIST THOSE SUFFERING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

Roanoke, Va:  The Roanoke Police Department is working together with community partners which include:


  • The Bradley Free Clinic
  • Carilion Clinic
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
  • Rescue Mission
  • Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare
  • Choices Recovery Center
  • American Addiction Centers
  • Roanoke Fire-EMS
  • City of Roanoke Department of Social Services
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

   The initiative is called Roanoke Valley HOPE.  It is designed to provide opportunities, support, and resources to those suffering from a substance use disorder.  It will launch on Monday, August 8th, at the Bradley Free Clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


   Substance use disorders can occur in many forms, including opiates, meth, marijuana and alcohol.


   Persons seeking help with any substance use disorder can take the following steps:


  • Come to the Bradley Free Clinic on a “drop in” day.
  • Drop in days will be every second Monday of the month.
  • The Bradley Free Clinic is located at 1240 3rd Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. 
  • The “drop in” session hours will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Persons interested in obtaining assistance can forfeit any substances and/or paraphernalia for appropriate destruction by the Roanoke Police Department, without fear of being charged with a crime.
    • Each participant will be paired with a volunteer angel, who will carefully and compassionately guide them through the intake process.
    • The participant is free to leave at any time.
    • The goal is that the participant will leave the Bradley Free Clinic with a treatment plan in place.
    • Due to capacity and lack of available resources in the area, Roanoke Valley HOPE cannot take juvenile intakes at this time.

        The Roanoke Valley HOPE Initiative understands that some may not be able to make the “drop in” day at the Bradley Free Clinic for various reasons.  Therefore, starting August 8th, the Roanoke Police Department, will be open for “walk ins” Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


       The advantage of attending the “drop in” second Monday at the Bradley Free Clinic will be that all stakeholders in the initiative will be on-site, allowing for a shorter waiting time for the participant to be given a treatment plan.


       “Walk-ins” to the Roanoke Police Department will go through a very similar process, and will still be paired with an angel, only it might take longer to start the treatment plan.


       The Roanoke Police Department is a member of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative [PAARI], which will provide additional resources.


       Roanoke Valley HOPE asks the media to respect the privacy of individuals seeking help and avoid the Bradley Free Clinic during the “drop-in” second Mondays.