WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A new Recovery Center, called a "recovery Cafe" could open in Lafayette this summer.
Community health leaders met today to discuss new plans for the county's Opioid Task Force.
"The ideas that were generated are gaining legs and getting off the ground,” said task force facilitator and CEO of United Way of Greater Lafayette Michael Budd.
One of the ideas gaining momentum is a new recovery cafe. "The recovery cafe is really a sober safe space where individuals can support one another. So it's peer-led, meaning that the person leading the meetings is going through recovery as well, but they're trained and certified to provide that support,” said Lafayette Homeless and Community Outreach Director Adam Murphy.
Several task force leaders got the idea after visiting a similar cafe in Dayton, Ohio.
Michael Budd said this recovery model allows for direct input from those who use the resources. "It's their organization. It's meant to be something that they will benefit from and they want to be a part of. So we'll be leaning heavily on what they see as the need and what will be helpful to them,” said Budd.
The cafe would hold support groups for people recovering from opioid addiction. The cafe would offer several additional benefits. "Throughout the week there is educational offerings to bring people up to speed, to equip them to get to a better place. There's also pro-social activities and there's individual peer coaching along the way,” said Murphy.
The group is still looking for a location.
Murphy plans to begin training for the cafe in April.
Opioid Task Force leaders hopes to have a center open by as early as late summer.