Baltimore, Md. — Jewish Recovery Houses (JRH), the largest and only drug and alcohol abuse recovery program in the country for Jewish men and women, has announced that David Matukaitis will join the organization as Program Director, effective Feb 28.
Matukaitis has had an illustrious career in addictions treatment, with more than 20 years of experience as a counselor at leading treatment and recovery programs in Maryland including Father Martin’s Ashley, New Beginnings at Hidden Brook, and Maryland Recovery Partners.
“David’s appointment is the culmination of a concerted effort by the board and management of JRH to retain the absolute best and most experienced resources for our residents and their families,” said Robert Manekin, chairman of the JRH board. “David brings decades of experience that will help our residents gain the skills they need to live productive and healthy lives free from addiction.”
As Program Director for JRH, Matukaitis will be responsible for all aspects of resident and family recovery programs. This includes strengthening relationships with referral sources, assessing potential residents for placement at JRH, implementing and coordinating counseling programs for residents and families, and case management of all residents.
Matukaitis began his career in addictions counseling in the late 1980s as a counselor in the detoxification unit at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and shortly thereafter at New Beginnings at Hidden Brook as a counselor, patient educator, continuing care coordinator and marketing/business developer. In 1993, Matukaitis joined Father Martin’s Ashley in Havre de Grace, Md., where he spent the past 18 years as a counselor, community and family liaison, and case manager. During his tenure at Father Martin’s Ashley, he also provided counseling and education services to residents at other facilities in Maryland including the Phoenix Recovery Center in Edgewood, Maryland Recovery Partners in Bel Air, and Corner Stones Recovery House in Aberdeen. Matukaitis also founded Addictions Case Management in Abingdon, which provides case management consultation services for existing and proposed facilities.
Jewish Recovery Houses (JRH) is a not-for-profit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland that helps Jewish men and women in the early stages of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. With 25 beds in two houses – the House of Hope and Tova House – JRH is the largest and only program of its kind in the country and has success rates that far exceed those of other recovery programs. The JRH Program is centered in 12-step recovery, supplemented with a common spiritual community based in Jewish traditions and supported with individualized outside resources. JRH homes are located in the center of thriving and welcoming Jewish communities in Baltimore, offering synagogues, hospitals, community centers, transportation, and employment opportunities to its residents.