The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has awarded Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic (PHMA) a contract to provide substance abuse treatment services in five separate correctional facilities. The contract will begin April 1, 2015. It runs for two years and is renewable. “This (contract) allows us to touch 600 more lives at one time,” says George Knoerlein, Director of Clinical Operations at Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic. “We will be able to provide the inmates with the treatment they need to be productive healthy members of society.”
Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic, which won the contract over two competitors, will provide treatment services for the Central Maryland Correctional Facility, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, the Maryland Correctional Training Center, the Metropolitan Transition Center, and the Patuxent Institution. Among its services, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic will address inmates’ needs for educational and vocational training, social work, and case management. When appropriate, clincians will refer participants to mental health services.
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services operates its substance abuse treatment programs as Modified Therapeutic Communities (TC), which embody the philosophy that substance abuse is often symptomatic of underlying psycho-social problems and cannot be addressed effectively by focusing solely on chemical dependency. The TC approach covers all major aspects of the participant’s lifestyle, criminogenic thinking, and behavior.
TC programs are designed to enhance public safety through the treatment of substance-dependent inmates. Through interventions such as remediation, cognitive restructuring, and the development of pro-social values, the programs provide participants with the skills needed to return to the community as drug-free, responsible, and productive members of society. Equally important is each program’s role in reducing recidivism and relapse by assessing inmates’ needs upon release for continued monitoring and support in the community.
Since 1962, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic has served more than 35,000 individuals. Every day, our programs help hundreds of people struggling with addiction. Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic is an in-network provider for most major insurance carriers, managed care programs, TRICARE and adolescent Medicaid. Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic operates 13 programs in the Metro D.C. area to meet the varied treatment needs of adults, adolescents, and mothers with children. To find out more about our programs and services, visit us online at www.phoenixhouse.org, or call us at 1 888 671 9392.