Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center open house celebrates healing

New Hampshire Union Leader
(Updated) September 23, 2019

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center celebrated an open house earlier this month with staff, dignitaries and donors in attendance.

“The Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center is a prime example of what can be accomplished when private organizations, community leaders, public officials and individuals work together toward a common goal and vision,” Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig said at the open house. “By having multiple resources available in one place, we are able to lower the barriers for individuals seeking care.”

According to a news release issued by Catholic Medical Center, the treatment center is one building that houses four critical services offering care to help individuals find and sustain recovery: Hope for NH Recovery, Families in Transition-New Horizons, the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester’s Mobile Crisis Response Team, and Catholic Medical Center’s Wilson Street Integrated Health.

“This first-of-its-kind facility is just what our community needs to help address the rise in substance use and mental health disorders,” Maureen Beauregard, president of Families in Transition-New Horizons, said at the open house.

“Our Willows Substance Use Treatment Center and Recovery Housing has grown exponentially physically and operationally in this new space. In fact, in the first six months of this year, we’ve provided substance use treatment to over 250 people and provided recovery housing to 76.”

Guests at the Sept. 12 open house were able to tour each of the four facilities.

The Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center is located in the former Hoitt Furniture building, at the corner of Wilson and Valley streets. According to the news release, the site provides easy access for clients and close proximity to other community partners.

Hope for NH Recovery is a peer-based recovery center, offering support to pathways to recovery. Each member of Hope’s staff is in recovery from substance use disorder and offers members empathy and shared experience on the road to fuller and happier lives, the news release states.

In addition to support meetings, Hope offers a visual arts program, ear acupuncture, cranial massage, and a safe and sober place to meet. Hope is on the first floor of the Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center and was the first occupant.

Families in Transition-New Horizons owns the second and third floors of the building where it houses its Willows Substance Use Treatment Center and Recovery Housing.

The second floor offers treatment for men and women in need of substance use and mental health services, as well as recovery housing for women and their children. The third floor offers recovery housing for single women.

“Each program focuses on breaking down barriers so that each individual can get the treatment and services they need,” the CMC news release states.

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester’s Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) occupies the fourth floor. The Mobile Crisis Response Team is a 24/7 service accessible to children and adults experiencing a psychiatric or substance misuse crisis.

“These clinicians and certified peers provide both telephone and in-person risk assessment and evaluation, as well as access to skills and resources, in an effort to avoid hospitalization,” the news release says.

The program also houses four crisis beds at the Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center, reserved for adults 18 and older who may need a short-term non-hospital stay for crisis stabilization.

Wilson Street Integrated Health, also located on the first floor, is a service of the Health Care for the Homeless Program of Manchester, a collaboration between CMC and the Manchester Health Department.

The practice, which opened last month, offers social work, counseling, primary care and medication assisted treatment to those who receive other services at the Center, as well as to other clients in the area.

Taking part in the Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting were Rob Dapice, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority; Bill Ryder, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester; Tim Soucy, Catholic Medical Center; Mayor Craig; Dick Anagnost, Anagnost Companies; Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition-New Horizons; Keith Howard, Hope for New Hampshire Recovery; Alex Walker, Catholic Medical Center; Rep. Patrick Long, Manchester; Executive Councilor Ted Gatsas, Manchester; Katy Easterly Martey, Community Development Finance Authority.

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