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Federal grant expands residential treatment services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has awarded Odyssey House a three-year, $1.1 million grant to expand residential treatment services to ex-offenders with substance use disorders (SUD).

The grant will allow us to provide residential SUD treatment, peer-based mentoring, and recovery support to ex-offenders using several evidence-based practices. The overall goal of the project is to facilitate the successful reentry and reintegration of adult offenders with an SUD and co-occurring mental illness back to the community and promote ongoing recovery.

Odyssey House President Dr. Peter Provet said, “We are pleased to be able to expand our treatment services to focus on an at-risk population who, without targeted intervention services, are in danger of returning to the criminal justice system as repeat offenders.

“Odyssey House” he continued, “has a track record of working with a wide range of vulnerable individuals to ensure they return to their communities as productive, drug-free citizens.”

Program goals include: stabilizing participants in recovery from SUD; assisting participants to become fully functioning parents, employees, and citizens; transitioning individuals out of residential SUD care back to the community; and strengthening partnerships and systems of care for the reentry population.

Program services will include outreach, screening, coordination with corrections, CBT-based groups, vocational rehabilitation, referrals to other services, including mental health, health care, education, housing, and family services, and appropriate discharge planning.

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