FSSA conducting addiction treatment, recovery survey

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Daily Journal on 6/18/2022

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is encouraging Hoosiers to participate in a statewide survey of addiction treatment and recovery resources.

The administrations’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) has launched the Recovery Capital Index (RCI), which is an index designed to measure the sum of resources necessary for an individual to initiate and sustain recovery from addiction and to help track the overall recovery capital of the state and communities, according to an FSSA news release.

Recovery capital is the overall measure of internal and external resources available to a person with a substance use disorder to ensure their continual success in recovery. The RCI provides a comprehensive picture of a person’s whole well-being using an online, automated 68-question survey. Generally, the higher the level of recovery capital means the better the chances of someone maintaining success in recovery, the news release says.

The state has invested more than $45 million of federal State Opioid Response grant funding over the past four years to combat the drug epidemic and improve mental health. DMHA plans to use aggregate and geographically analyzed results from the RCI to drive future decisions about funding and resource allocation, the news release says.

To take part in the RCI survey, text “RECOVERY” to 833-638-3784. All Hoosiers are encouraged to complete the survey, not just those directly affected by addiction, the news release says.

To help drive participation in the survey, Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit dedicated to helping those affected by substance use disorder, will place stickers on over 200 NaloxBox units and 19 naloxone vending machines across the state. The stickers will prompt users to scan the QR code or text “RECOVERY” to 833-638-3784 to access the survey and additional information about naloxone, including training videos, the news release says.

To find a naloxone distribution site near you, visit www.overdoselifeline.org.