To provide enhanced services for Rhode Islanders in recovery, the Board of Directors of Phoenix Houses of New England (Sheri L. Sweitzer, Chairperson) and the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (John Almeida, President) announced that the two nonprofit organizations have merged operations effective February 8. The addition of RICAODD’s recovery housing program to Phoenix House’s wide range of comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs significantly expands Rhode Island’s available recovery services. These transitional living houses provide sober, supportive, and affordable living environments—single-family dwellings located in safe residential neighborhoods within walking distance of public transportation. Statewide bed capacity mirrors community needs for transitional services and continually fluctuates to meet those needs. RICAODD annually serves 80 to 100 people throughout the state.
“Together Phoenix Houses of New England and RICAODD will enhance the quality of the continuum of care available for Rhode Islanders,” stated Sheri L. Sweitzer. “For individuals in recovery, there is a direct relationship between treatment and recovery housing availability. By providing housing with access to treatment and support services, we will have a significant and positive impact on the recovery of many Rhode Islanders.” John Almeida added, “By combining our resources—substance abuse treatment provided by Phoenix Houses of New England and recovery housing by RICAODD—this initiative adds a critical component to substance abuse services in Rhode Island.”
The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RICAODD) will continue to operate as currently configured under its name as a program of Phoenix Houses of New England and will be represented on Phoenix Houses of New England’s Board of Directors.