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Posted on: April 1, 2021

UW River Falls and St. Croix County Partner on Substance Use Prevention and Intervention

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Hudson WI: The University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF) recently partnered with the Community Justice Collaborating Council (CJCC) of St. Croix County to develop a substance use survey. The survey is a tool to help develop a better understanding of the unique needs of those affected by substance use in St. Croix County and which risk factors are driving substance use disorders within our local communities. The responses will help guide decision making and strategies aimed at addressing these needs and risks with the goal of driving early prevention and intervention programs. The survey will be open through August of 2021.

You can participate in the survey here.

“Using local, community-based survey research to drive policy making is a cost-effective solution for any community. Taking the time to identify the factors contributing to ongoing substance use and its related issues allows any community to tailor specific responses based on its own unique needs. Rather than throw more time, money, and resources at a solution that worked somewhere else, local leaders can develop strategies meant just for their communities.” 

Phillip Galli, visiting Assistant Professor at UW River Falls and Kimberly Kitzberger, Treatment Court Coordinator for St. Croix County 

Substance use always comes with the risk that it might lead to addiction, mental health concerns, and other social problems including family issues and legal trouble. Over the course of the past few months, key stakeholders across St. Croix County have been working together to gain a better understanding of substance use and its impacts county-wide.

“Substance use disorders are complex healthcare issues. Prevention strategies and treatment interventions need to be informed and specific for individuals and families seeking support. Information gathered in this survey will help direct those unique prevention and treatment programs for our community.”  

Kristin DePrey, St. Croix County AODA Supervisor

How to get help

We know it can be hard to find support when you or a loved one are struggling. Remember that it’s OK to ask for help and that support is available. Help can be found at:

  • St. Croix County Behavioral Health:
    • Visit: sccwi.gov/249/Substance-Use-Disorder
    • Or Call: 715-246-8255
  • Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline: 
    • Visit: addictionhelpwi.org
    • Or Call: 211 or 833-944-4673
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • Visit: samhsa.gov/find-help/
    • Or Call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Contact: Adam Kastonek – Public Information Officer

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