New program to offer help to troubled teens

(Plain Press May 2007) Applewood Centers and New Directions have joined together to create a new program to treat youth with both substance abuse and mental health issues. On April 19th two organizations held an open house to dedicate the new Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program at 2710 Daisy Avenue. Treatment Program at 2710 Daisy Avenue.

On hand to cut the ribbon for the new facility were: William Denihan, CEO, Cuyahoga County Community Mental HeaOlth Board; Roberta King, CEO, Applewood Centers; Dr. Russell Kaye, Executive Director, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Cuyahoga County; and Michael Matoney, CEO, New Directions.

An August 2005 analysis of demand for services conducted by the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Cuyahoga County found a critical need for residential programs to serve youths ages 14-18 who had substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Applewood Centers, a behavioral health and social service agency, and New Directions, a residential treatment center for chemically dependent adolescents, formed a partnership to create a facility to meet the needs.

The new program is operated by New Directions, and Applewood provides mental health services, facility management, and dietary and school services. The program’s aim is to help youth understand the harmful consequences of substance abuse, develop a sober lifestyle, and begin to deal with the emotional issues typically felt by young people.

The Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program is directly across Daisy Avenue from Applewood Center’s Jones Campus. The 2,852 square-foot home features two floors, a basement and a room for professional staff who will operate in three shifts.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board, the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, and the Federated Church all provided funding for the construction of the facility.  Bogart Architecture designed the home, and Lakewest Construction built it.

The Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board, the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Cuyahoga County, St. Luke’s Foundation, The Woodruff Foundation, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, the Deaconess Community Foundation, and United Way Services all provide additional funding support for the program.

 

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