July 2011    

It's July, and many of us are enjoying summer vacations and the wonderful warm weather, so let's get right to it. This month, Crossroads was featured in an Addiction Professional article covering the NIATx Summit and SAAS National Conference. Our halfway house clients and staff attended the 34th Annual Maine Area Roundup, and Barbara Dacri talked about substance abuse on the Mind Your Own Business radio show. Enjoy!
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Crossroads for Women, along with The Recovery Center at Mercy Hospital and Youth Alternatives Ingraham, recently presented at the NIATx Summit and SAAS National Conference in Boston.

The group - which included Crossroads for Women's executive director, Barbara Dacri, and clinical director, Shannon Trainor - presented "Residential Treatment Redesign: Lessons from the Portland, Maine Residential Services Consortium Project."

Budget pressures in the state of Maine have left treatment providers wondering if residential treatment programs will be funded at all in the future. Through a $1 million SAMHSA grant, Crossroads, Mercy and YI have been working on a residential addiction treatment program that unbundles housing and treatment services.  


As they discussed at the conference, this innovative model allowed the consortium of providers to remove some administrative hurdles. However, it also forced program managers to be creative in order to cover costs that weren't covered by the grant, such as medications.


Addiction Professional featured the presentation in an article on their website.



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Clients and staff from Crossroads for Women's halfway house program recently had the opportunity to experience the 34th Annual Maine Area RoundUp, an event put on by Alcoholics Anonymous.

The weekend event was packed with meetings, speakers, fun events and fellowship. As one client wrote, "Being able to share the 'life lessons' of this weekend with a family of sober women was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were truly blessed to be able to share it with each other and every other recovering person there. Most, I believe, with something that will change their lives forever."

Read about the inspiring trip on our blog

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Mind Your Own Business logoBarbara Dacri, Crossroads for Women's executive director, was a guest on the radio show Mind Your Own Business.

Barbara talked with hosts Debi Davis and Alison Hinson about the definition of substance abuse, how to recognize if a friend or family member has an addiction problem and what to do about it.

The show aired on WLOB (1330 AM, 95.5 FM) Saturday, July 16th.
If you missed it, you can listen to Barbara online

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Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, for Crossroads for Women 
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Crossroads for Women Presents at NIATx Summit and SAAS National Conference

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