The Newport Beach, Calif.-based nonprofit organization REACH does not deliver direct services, but it is becoming a lifeline to addiction treatment for some of Orange County’s neediest residents. The organization has established a “Network of Hope” that through donations from multiple sources will be able to offer qualified individuals a treatment slot within a few hours of their pursuit of services.
The organization was founded 12 years ago by Carl and Barbara Mosen, who established the Sober Living by the Sea treatment center in the 1980s and became known for their work in creating niche services for special populations. Their more recent effort stemmed from a desire to give back to the community by assisting a broad population of individuals battling substance use problems.
The structure of REACH’s scholarship assistance is designed not only to place an individual in a treatment facility but to monitor that person’s progress and to offer opportunities for meaningful aftercare.
“Our Network of Hope is an expansion of the mission of REACH,” says REACH’s Jan Brewer. “We are seeking to expand our network of treatment providers and our presence in the community, as well as expand our sponsorship and funding in order to help more people. The HopeLine will be Orange County’s only resource for comprehensive information about treatment for addiction, sober living, and Welcome Back Scholarships.”
The latter are financial aid arrangements in which REACH uses funds raised from individuals, foundations and corporations to finance treatment and sober housing stays. REACH has established a partnership with more than 200 addiction treatment providers in the Orange County area, and refers screened candidates to a facility that offers a good match to the individual’s needs.
“Our approach has delivered remarkable results because we place them in the right facility and stay connected to their progress every step of the way,” says REACH board chairman Rial Barnett. Barnett calls the Network of Hope a “last line of defense” for many low-income addicts seeking treatment.
For more information about REACH’s approach, visit www.reachoc.org.