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Mercy Hospital receives grant for innovative substance abuse project

November 3, 2010
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Portland, ME — The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded a grant of $1,000,000 to The Recovery Center at Mercy Hospital and its Consortium partners—Youth Alternatives Ingraham (YI) and Crossroads for Women (CW)—to develop an innovative residential services model for the Portland area.

The funds were set aside as an earmark earlier this year for The Recovery Center to expand the capacity for residential services.

“We are appreciative for the foresight and support of our Congressional delegation and SAMHSA in funding this innovative project,” states Eileen Skinner, CEO of Mercy Hospital. “Once implemented and evaluated, this model can be used by others, thanks to these development dollars.”

The Portland Area Residential Services Consortium project has two goals:

1. To increase residential level treatment capacity in greater Portland 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.

Skinner said she believed the funding was a clear indication and a vote of confidence in the value and success of the work being done by The Recovery Center.

"So many lives have been saved and many more improved by the Mercy Recovery Center. Unfortunately there are also stories of lives lost and ruined because there simply were not enough residential facilities to house and provide support for people after leaving programs like The Recovery Center. That’s why grants such as this one are so desperately needed to fill that void," she said.

Senator Susan Collins, who as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee secured the Federal investment, said, “Expanding access to treatment services is critical to combating Maine’s high rate of drug addiction and to providing care for those who desperately need it. The residential treatment program at Mercy will be a safe, supportive process for patients who are recovering from addiction."

Mercy Recovery Center will contract for housing from Youth Alternatives Ingraham and Crossroads for Women, thus maximizing the three agencies’ collective ability to provide residential level of intensity services to individuals with limited resources. The Consortium’s project design also includes planned systems transformation activities, among them: assessment of the region’s continuum of care for the target population; development of patient-centric delivery models; web based patient medical records, and; planning for program sustainability.

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