$500,000 Grant Establishes Region 5 Regional Recovery Hub: Boosting Recovery & Support in Central and South-Central PA

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has granted $500,000 to the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association (PMHCA) in order to establish a regional recovery hub. This hub, known as the Region 5 Regional Recovery Hub, will enhance resources for individuals in recovery and promote recovery within communities throughout central and south-central Pennsylvania. PMHCA will provide recovery supports in various counties and its establishment aligns with the Shapiro Administration’s stated commitment to ensuring recovery support services are accessible to all Pennsylvanians.

“The Shapiro Administration is committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians in every corner of the Commonwealth have access to the recovery support services they need – no matter where they live,” said Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones. “The addition of this hub will help to empower sustained recovery across the counties served by PMHCA.”

PMHCA is a peer-led statewide organization that provides and refers training to individuals in such areas as stigma destruction, trauma-informed care, mental health advanced directives, peer support, and LGBTQIA+ wellbeing issues.

Specifically, the funding will allow PMCHA to conduct an initial needs assessment for recovery support services within Region 5, including an estimate of individuals in need of these services and an analysis of their availability and accessibility. In addition, PMHCA will develop a strategic plan, partnering with local organizations, that focuses on the importance of supporting multiple pathways to and through recovery, and will seek to promote recovery services in areas including peer support, family support, and self-care.

With the addition of the 13 counties within Region 5, every county in Pennsylvania will now be served by a regional recovery hub. While the final amount for PMHCA is pending final budget negotiations, the six other grant recipients, their designated region or regions, and final budget amounts can be found below:

  • Regions 1 and 4: The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania – $1 million
    • Philadelphia
    • Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Delaware, and Schuylkill counties
  • Region 2: Unity Recovery – $500,000
    • Allegheny County
  • Region 3: County of Erie Office of Drug & Alcohol Abuse – $310,000
    • Erie County
  • Regions 6 and 7: Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. –
    $1 million

    • 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
  • Region 8: West Branch Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission – $243,000
    • Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Centre, Union, Snyder, Montour, Columbia, and Northumberland counties
  • Region 9: Northbound & Co. – $500,000
    • Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.
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All 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.

Each grantee will use a hub and spoke model to provide recovery supports in their designated region or regions. 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.

For more information, visit ddap.pa.gov.

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