November 20, 2013 | by Steve Charing
GLCCB launches substance abuse program
Matt Thorn, GLCCB, gay news, Washington Blade, substance

Matt Thorn at the GLCCB (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Maryland (GLCCB) will begin substance use disorder recovery services through a pilot program of the Maryland Recovery Net’s Access to Recovery (ATR) initiative. The GLCCB/Access to Recovery initiative will serve as the largest expansion of recovery services for Maryland’s LGBT community.

“We’re excited to partner with Maryland RecoveryNet on this critical and important initiative,” said Matt Thorn, executive director of the GLCCB. “Recovery from addiction comes with many challenges particularly for those impacted in the LGBT community, who often face discrimination and homophobia when seeking the treatment they need.”

Access to Recovery is a presidential initiative that provides vouchers to individuals to purchase services and support linked to their recovery from substance use disorders. ATR emphasizes client choice and increases the array of available community services including securing supportive housing, counseling, job training, care coordination, and transportation to and from treatment and recovery support services. The GLCCB will work with enrollees to help them access ATR services they have requested and get connected to additional services that will support their recovery.

Maryland’s Access to Recovery initiative began in February 2011 when a four-year, $13 million Access to Recovery III grant was awarded to the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is expected to annually serve up to 2,500 adults who are returning to their home communities after completing residential addiction treatment.

Care coordinators will begin providing services and accepting enrollments on Dec. 9, and will be available from 2–7 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. For more information on available services, please contact Matt Thorn at 410-777-8145 or mthorn@glccb.com.

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