Main Street Project hired a nurse to speed up access to detox beds.
Now, all people that need detox can get better care in the shelter. Main Street Project operated sixty detox beds and innovations can truly change the work in the centre for the better.
Tahl East, director of detoxification and stabilization at Main Street Project, said that previously, people had to be examined by a doctor or a nurse somewhere else, which made certain delays in the whole treatment process. This feature is now available on site.
East also added that a nurse can examine patients during their treatment if they have health problems. So, again, they do not need to seek help outside the shelter.
Kristy Riley, a hired nurse practitioner, said that this is a very interesting experience for her and she has already received a lot of positive feedback from patients of the shelter. Riley explained that she was interested in the job because she wanted to contribute to the fight against addictions and to help people in need.
After the appearance of the nurse, the policy of getting to the shelter changed a little. Now people can call and find out if there is a free bed. If there is any, they can come immediately. If nothing is available, then the center workers put a person in a queue and let him know when he can come.
Main Street Project helped 971 men and 813 women in the last two years. 19 more beds were added in 2019. However, East said more beds are still needed.
In addition to examining before receiving help by Main Street Project, patients will also be able to get the necessary consultations after their detox program.
Main Street Project has a 14-day detoxification program, but, if necessary, it offers additional options.