MARI pre-arrest diversion graduates first individuals

Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) celebrated the first successful program completion with five individuals at a ceremony Friday March 16, 2018.  The MARI program is focused on jump starting treatment for opiate offenders.  Participants and family members specifically identified the peer recovery coach component of this program as contributing to their personal success in completion.  Madison Police Chief Koval spoke regarding his strong support for programs that provide a pathway to treatment and recovery rather than incarceration. Program coordinator Joseph Balles commented on the close cooperation between community partners Madison Police Dept, Dane County Human Services, Madison Health Dept, Safe Communities, UW Family Medicine and Connections Counseling.  More at Madison Police Department blog here.