Command Staff-Community Paramedics-County PIO

Community Paramedics Gronn Morgan and Dean Oliver

Community Paramedics Gronn Morgan Dean Oliver and Div Chief of EMS Jason Morgan

Citrus County Fire Rescue, Florida Department of Children and Families, and the Florida Department 
of Health (FDOH) are proud to announce the implementation of a Community Paramedicine Program in 
Citrus County funded by the opioid settlement for states to “remediate and abate” the impacts of the 
opioid crisis.

Community paramedicine is a model of community-based health care in which paramedics work outside 
their normal emergency response and transport roles. Instead, they provide in-home visits, risk 
assessments, various types of interventions/monitoring, assist with medical on management, and they 
connect patients/families with community based resources.

“This program is an excellent example of collaborative partnerships between community organizations,” 
said County Administrator Steve Howard. “Putting these best practices to use will enhance the quality 
of life for our residents.”

Our focus with the program is designed around assisting populations struggling with substance-use 
disorder. We plan to help that community by involving evidence-based addiction treatment, improving 
access to recovery support, and utilizing and distributing harm reduction resources.

Our community paramedics also support the EMS system at  times of heavy call volume, provide 
community education such as first aid training, fall prevention, and CPR and AED training.

Patients with higher rates of EMS calls also use the emergency system for minor falls, mobility 
challenges, and mental health issues. Under the direction of Citrus County Fire Rescue’s Division 
Chief of EMS Jason Morgan and Florida Department of Health’s Human Services Program Specialist Todd 
Hockert, the program will be designed to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. 
An alarming number of people in Citrus County are living with untreated conditions because they do 
not have access to resources to manage their chronic health needs. Even when services and support 
systems are available, they are unable to reach them and calling 9-1-1 can become their only 

“We are always looking for opportunities to enhance our success with preventive safety and health 
measures for our community and the Community Paramedic Program allows for that,” said Fire Chief 
Craig Stevens. “Thanks to our community partners Florida Department of Health and Department of 
Children and Families for their support in this program.”

With this dedicated, full- me program, we will be able to provide ongoing support for patients, in 
collaboration with other County resources, community partners, and health systems.