Our Texas region was excited to launch the Second Chance Texas Substance Abuse Early Intervention Program on May 20th. This program, which is funded by a generous donation by Kathy and Harlan Crow, is part of a statewide campaign that we are initiating alongside a wide range of community partners. With the help of Second Chance, Phoenix House will be able to provide early intervention services to at-risk young people throughout the Dallas area.
Phoenix House staff members will begin traveling directly to community entities in order to offer the innovative Second Chance curriculum. Current partners include the Dallas mayor’s office, the police and fire departments, the Children’s Medical Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, CARE, and other local providers of behavioral health services. After this month’s outreach efforts are complete, we look forward to welcoming our first Second Chance clients this summer. We’re proud to participate and lead this community-wide effort to help young people who are engaged in or at risk for substance abuse.
“Second Chance will divert youth who complete the program from school suspension and the juvenile justice system,” explains Second Chance Vice President Maeve O’Neill. “Ultimately, it will inspire long-term positive changes in the behaviors and attitudes of Dallas youth.”
Second Chance’s collaborative nature – its partnerships between community programs, schools, courts, medical providers, and businesses – is what makes this program unique. It will serve as a model for other communities, showing how different individuals and organizations can work together towards a shared goal: creating a better future for the next generation. It truly “takes a village!”