The Alliance to Heal (A2H) was launched in August of 2018. A2H successfully brought together over 80 community members who worked together across nine work groups to heal the broken continuum of care for people living in La Crosse County with substance use disorders. Judges, mayors, hospital CEOs, legislators, educators and boots on the ground people working directly with those struggling with addiction shared their experience and problem solving skills to improve our community response to the opioid crisis.
In 2021, A2H conducted an evaluation of their strategies in response to the opioid crisis and re-organized to better address the current La Crosse County opioid problem. The newly formed workgroups are: Recovery Informed Employment, High Risk Population & Medicated Assisted Treatment, Peer Support & Sober Living, Harm Reduction and Prevention. In 2022 the Prevention workgroup received a Drug Free Communities grant to fund work in marijuana and alcohol use and misuse.