DrugHelp Care

A Website designed to quickly match substance users with needed treatment

A team of professors and students from Cleveland State University(CSU) have developed this web application to improve access to drug treatment services, reduce wait times, and better ensure that individuals get the help they need. Drughelp.care allows substance abuse treatment agencies to log the services they provide and quickly and easily update their available treatment slots and wait time on a daily basis. The app is fully searchable, allowing treatment providers, first responders, and individuals seeking treatment to find available services that match their needs at the click of a button.

Patricia Stoddard Dare
Patricia Stoddard Dare
Professor of Social Work

MSW Program Coordinator,
Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate Program Coordinator,
Cleveland State University

Dr. Miyuki Tedor
Miyuki Fukushima Tedor
Associate Professor of Criminology

Department of Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology,
Cleveland State University 

The app was developed by affiliates of CSU’s Center for Behavioral Health Sciences as a component of a strategic partnership with St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center to address opiate addiction in Northeast Ohio. The effort sought to address grassroots calls for a user-friendly tool to make open treatment slots in our community publicly available on a daily basis. Team leaders Dr. Miyuki Tedor, associate professor of sociology and criminology and Dr. Patricia Stoddard Dare, professor of social work and coordinator of CSU’s Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate program, met with over 100 community stakeholders over the course of a year to develop the specifications for this app. The technical specifications were then designed by two CSU software development engineering graduate students under the mentorship of CSU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Dr. Wenbing Zhao.

Wenbing Zhao
Wenbing Zhao
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering,
Cleveland State University

Sachin Hiriyanna
Sachin Hiriyanna
Software Development Engineer
Jan-2018 to May-2018

Masters in Software Engineering,
Cleveland State University

Parameswara Reddy A
Parameswara Reddy A
Software Development Engineer
May-2018 to Present

Masters in Computer Information Systems,
Cleveland State University

Saurabh Dhole
Saurabh Dhole
Software Development Engineer
Feb-2019 to Present

Masters in Computer Information Systems,
Cleveland State University

https://saurabhdhole.com

Two enrollment specialists are currently being provided through the project to assist treatment providers with initial registration and training. Agencies can register seven different types of services they provide such as assessment, outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and sober living. The effort is made possible thanks to a grant from the Woodruff Foundation. The CSU team is currently working on the next phase of development, which will make the app user-friendly for non-professionals. The team is currently seeking community members to take part in a focus group to help inform the creation of the new user interface. Substance abuse treatment agencies interested in registering their services or individuals interested in participating in the focus group can contact drughelp.care@csuohio.edu

Courtney Dunn
Courtney Dunn
Agency Enrollment Specialist

Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology,
Cleveland State University

Kaila Griffin
Kaila Griffin
Agency Enrollment Specialist

Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology,
Cleveland State University

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, ten colleges and schools, and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2019 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report. Find more information at www.csuohio.edu.