A new and innovative residential substance abuse treatment program model was announced this week at The Recovery Center at Mercy Hospital in Westbrook, Maine.
Mercy, along with its consortium partners Youth Alternatives Ingraham and Crossroads for Women, were awarded a grant of $1,000,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to carry out the project..
The project has two main goals:
1. To increase residential level treatment capacity in greater Portland (Maine) for those suffering from alcohol and other substance abuse, via cross-agency collaboration and innovative program design, and;
2. To use the collective power of the consortium to transform the current system of care into a patient-centric, collaborative, and financially sustainable model.
The partnership of the three organizations will provide those in need of substance abuse services, who typically fall through the cracks, access to safe housing, medical care, behavioral health treatment and case management all in one place.
According to Barbara Dacri, executive director at Crossroads for Women, “It is our hope that this consortium can be used as a national model that will ultimately reduce the cost of treating addiction and promote a more client-centered and recovery-oriented approach.”