Contract Supports Partnership to Fill Gap in Addiction Treatment Services

Dover, NH, September 1, 2010 – Today, Avis Goodwin Community Health Center (AGCHC) and Southeastern New Hampshire Services (SENHS) announced a partnership based on providing alcohol and drug addiction treatment services to local Mothers struggling with the disease of addiction.

The partnership is a result of a contract received from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Through this contract, SENHS and AGCHC have collaboratively developed an Intensive Outpatient Program which provides patients with both group and individual counseling while allowing the patient to participate in their daily affairs, such as work and family life.

The new services are available immediately to any woman in the community who are either pregnant or have children under the age of 18 and are injection and substance abusers.

“I can’t begin to stress how wonderful this is for both AGCHC patients and women in the community who need it. The contract has made it possible for us to offer this program free of charge to qualifying patients and also offer childcare and transportation included at no cost, if necessary,” said Erin Ross, Service Expansion Director for AGCHC. “Not only will a much needed service be provided but we have removed some the barriers for our patients getting the assistance they need.”

The patients will progress between three phases of the program which include a regime of standard activities that include educational, experiential and didactic lectures on substance abuse, as well as individual and group therapy. The first two phases will be provided at SENHS while the third phase will be provided at AGCHC. Below is a brief summary of the phases:

Phase 1 @ SENHS: Group therapy sessions are four days a week for 6 weeks and are three hours in length. Individual therapy sessions are one hour in length.

Phase 2 @ SENHS: Group therapy sessions are two days a week for 6 weeks and are three hours in length. Individual therapy sessions are one hour in length.
Phase 3 @ AGCHC: Weekly group therapy sessions and bi-weekly individual sessions for approximately 8 weeks.

“These Services are filling a major gap in treatment services for women in this Region,” said Ray McGarty, SENHS Executive Director.

The program is available now. For more information contact Erin Ross at (603)516-2549 or eross@agchc.org.

Avis Goodwin Community Health Center is the only non-profit community health center in Strafford County, New Hampshire that focuses on providing high-quality, affordable medical, dental and mental health services for all, based on the ability to pay. For more information visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org.

Southeastern New Hampshire Services is a private, non-profit agency located in Dover, NH and is dedicated to helping people recover from the illness of alcohol and drug addiction. SENHS provides detoxification, addiction treatment, evaluation, intervention, counseling, education and prevention services. Specifically, SENHS runs a residential in-patient detoxification program, in-patient treatment programs which vary in intensity, outpatient counseling services and an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Drug Court Treatment Program. Treatment programs at SENHS are primarily funded by the NH DHHS / Division of Community Based Care Services, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. To learn more call (603) 516-8160.

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