New Options to Promote Recovery

GASTONIA, N.C., May 9, 2018 – Partners Behavioral Health Management is reinvesting savings, from managing Medicaid dollars effectively, to fund Oxford House, Inc. to create long-term, democratically run recovery homes in two counties. This represents an expansion of this highly successful, evidence-based housing model in the Partners area. Two of the three new homes will be specifically for women.

“On behalf of Oxford House, Inc., I am pleased to announce our partnership with Partners Behavioral Health Management,” said Bessie Jeffers, Outreach Services-Oxford Houses of North Carolina. “We are honored to have this opportunity for these two dynamic organizations to come together and create an ongoing recovery support system for the men and women in the Partners catchment area.”

This new initiative between the two organizations will add a total of 24 beds in three or more houses in the counties Partners serves. Two houses in Gastonia have already opened. A house in Statesville is opening this month. Partners is funding a designated outreach staff (OH employee) to support the establishment of these new homes and strengthen existing homes in the area.

“Partners is proud to be able to help meet this critical need in our communities using funds from our Medicaid Savings Reinvestment Plan,” said Barbara Hallisey, Partners’ Associate Clinical Services Director. “Working on recovery is hard enough. Offering sober and supportive places to live help make real change possible.”

Oxford House is a highly effective model with a 42-year history of success.  In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free housing

option for individuals in recovery. The number of residents in a House may range from six to fifteen: there are houses for men, houses for women, and houses that accept women with children. Individuals typically enter an Oxford House after completing a drug and alcohol treatment program and must remain sober to continue living there. Even though there is a zero-tolerance policy for relapse, individuals may apply for readmission once they re-establish themselves in recovery. Success rates show 82% remain sober and in recovery two years after leaving an Oxford House after living there for nine months.

For more information about Oxford Houses and how to apply to live in a house, visit https://www.oxfordhouse.org.