Patrick McEneaney Testifies at Boston City Council about Rapid Response Rhode Island

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

On Thursday, August 2, 2012, Patrick B. McEneaney, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Phoenix Houses of New England, addressed the Boston City Council at a hearing of the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, chaired by Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley.  The hearing, sponsored by Councilor Frank Baker, was held to discuss the possibility of providing the residents of Metropolitan Boston with a 24-hour Substance Abuse Helpline and to study current substance abuse resources available in an effort to improve outreach and support.

Boston City LogoDrawing on the unprecedented success of Rapid Response Rhode Island, a groundbreaking collaboration of Rhode Island’s substance abuse treatment and behavioral health care agencies announced in December 2008 by Phoenix House, United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island and partner agencies statewide, Mr. McEneaney testified about ways in which a similar effort could be undertaken in Metropolitan Boston.  The first statewide service of its kind in the country, Rapid Response Rhode Island ensured that individuals calling United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island would be screened and assessed within 12 to 24 hours of a request for service.

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