The Los Angeles Fire Department partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) on this program that pairs a social worker and a Firefighter/Paramedic (FF/PM) to provide assistance to serial inebriates. The Sober Unit works closely with a new, free standing Sobering Center, owned and operated by DHS, opening on Skid Row in July 2016 to provide assistance to serial inebriates by helping the individual detox and find housing. Success of the Sober Unit project is measured by the number of patients that the Sober Unit transports to the free-standing sobering center, which will equate to one less ambulance transport for each of these patients. Finally, fewer ambulance transports will also result in a decrease in ambulance "wall time" at the already overcrowded hospital emergency departments.
Posted on 04/04/2017