PENNSYLVANIA — The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has recently announced an exciting new project aimed at enhancing resources for individuals in recovery, and promoting recovery within communities across Pennsylvania. This project, which has been granted a total of $4 million in funding, will establish regional recovery hubs, each of which will conduct an initial needs assessment for recovery support services in their specific region.
These assessments will include an estimate of individuals in need of these services, as well as an analysis of their availability and accessibility. From there, the hubs will partner with local organizations to develop a strategic plan focused on the importance of supporting multiple pathways to and through recovery, and promoting recovery services in areas including peer support, family support, and self-care. Overall, this project is an invaluable investment for communities looking to improve resources for those in recovery, and will go a long way towards building a healthier, more resilient Pennsylvania.
“The Shapiro Administration is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to the recovery support services they need,” said Acting Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones. “The creation of these regional recovery hubs furthers our commitment to promoting recovery in every corner of the state.”
The regional recovery hubs throughout Pennsylvania will be designed to embed, expand, and promote a Recovery-Oriented-System of Care, which is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is person-centered, with the ultimate goal of improving the health, wellness, and quality of life for individuals in recovery from substance use disorder.
Grants up to $500,000 each will be awarded for the 15-month period beginning July 1, 2023, through September 29, 2024, to the following organizations serving the various regions:
- The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania
- Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Delaware, and Schuylkill counties
- Unity Recovery
- Allegheny County
- County of Erie Office of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
- Erie County
- Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
- Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Cambria, Washington, Westmoreland, Greene, Fayette, and Somerset counties
- Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Warren, Forest, Clarion, McKean, Elk, Cameron, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties
- West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission
- Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Centre, Union, Snyder, Montour, Columbia, and Northumberland counties
- Northbound & Co.
- Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.
Each grantee will use a hub and spoke model to provide recovery supports in their designated region. Each regional “hub” will support community-driven services that will serve as “spokes.” The hub will provide technical assistance and collaborate with a variety of community entities, sectors, and systems to enhance a recovery-supportive community and facilitate recovery support service delivery.
“Recovery needs may not be same in Altoona as they are in Allentown. This will allow for each region to tailor their recovery supports by conducting ongoing needs assessments based on their area’s priorities,” said Davis-Jones. “We must empower sustained recovery across the board.”
For more information about the work the Shapiro Administration is doing to combat the addiction crisis, visit ddap.pa.gov.
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