The Sauk County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce that Tellurian of Madison, Wisconsin will provide expanded MAT (Medication  Assisted Treatment) services to residents of Sauk, Columbia and Richland Counties.

In an effort to address the growing concern of heroin and prescription drug addiction, including overdoses, Sauk County Department of Human Services and the State of Wisconsin have partnered to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services. Through a grant awarded by the U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), funding in the amount of $1,000,000 per year will be available for a 3-year term. This grant will provide individuals struggling with opiate addiction access to Vivitrol, a non-narcotic opiate blocker medication developed to assist in treatment and recovery from opiate addiction. The MAT program will be implemented in Sauk County in 2016 with implementation to follow in Columbia and Richland Counties.

Tellurian has more than 40 years of experience in providing substance abuse, mental health disorder and case management services. Their Treatment Team will consist of a dual diagnosis Clinician specializing in substance abuse and mental health disorders and substance abuse Counselors as Community Recovery Specialists. The Community Recovery Specialists, working collaboratively with Sauk County Human Services, will be responsible for organizing and maintaining community advisory bodies in Baraboo, Reedsburg, and Spring Green. These Community Activated Recovery Enhancement (C.A.R.E.) committees will include personnel from hospitals, schools, law enforcement, attorneys, treatment providers, probation and parole, prescribing physicians and other interested “stakeholders”. Efforts to obtain this grant were led by Joan Mack, RN, Karen Fabisiak (Saint Vincent de Paul), Dr. John McAuliffe (Sauk Prairie Hospital), Police Chief Jerry Strunz, and Ted Hall (Ho-Chunk House of Wellness Pharmacy Director). Tellurian’s dual diagnosis clinician who will provide community based substance abuse and mental health assessments within 72 hours of being referred by a Community Recovery Specialist.