May Dugan Center and MetroHealth Ready to Meet Victims of Violence and Their Families To Determine What Resources They Require

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Sue Marasco, Director of Education at the May Dugan Center in Cleveland, Ohio

An Excerpt From To Reduce Shootings, Hospitals Vow to Treat the Wounds Doctors Can’t Fix  The Trace | Elizabeth Van Brocklin | May 1, 2017  — “I’m really scared for my life,” Jackson said over the phone, laboring to breathe through a tube in his nose in a MetroHealth hospital room. “I don’t know where to even go when I get out of here.”

Ohio’s new trauma recovery network is designed to answer just those sorts of vexing questions. MetroHealth is partnering with the May Dugan Center, a community health and human service nonprofit, to ensure its patients keep getting care. “When you’ve been through a traumatic incident, you’re thinking of a lot of other things besides Googling what resources you need,” says Megen Betts, a recovery coach at the hospital.

Starting in April, a trauma therapist and two newly hired social workers from the community center took up posts in MetroHealth’s emergency department, ready to meet incoming victims of violence and their families and determine what resources they require. In cases like Jackson’s, for instance, patients may be offered a post-discharge hotel stay for up to 15 days. Those 15 days are “inadequate” in regard to a long-term solution, says Sue Marasco, May Dugan’s director of education. But they can give victims a few nights of good rest in a safe place while May Dugan helps them figure out the next step.

The program is still in its early days, but Marasco elaborated on her vision for how it will work:

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