Vietnamese Delegation and SAMHSA visit Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Deborah Simpson Taylor, President and CEO of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic, sits with representatives from SAMHSA and the Vietnamese delegation

Known for serving diverse populations from various economic, social, and cultural backgrounds, Phoenix House was recently contacted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on behalf of a delegation from Vietnam. Interested in developing comprehensive substance abuse treatment specifically for individuals referred by the criminal justice system, the delegation was keen to learn about Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic‘s work with this population.

On Friday, July 31st, several members of a Vietnamese delegation joined Kenneth Robertson, SAMHSA Criminal Justice Team Lead, to visit the Phoenix Program. Members of the delegation included Mr. Nguyen Cuu Duc, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science, Education, Culture, and Social Affairs; Mr. Chu Thanh Quang, Deputy Director General of the Institute for Judicial Science of the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam; and Mr. Nguyen Xuan Lap, Director General of the Department of Social Vices Prevention and Control.

The Phoenix Program, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic’s flagship program, is a residential substance use treatment program for adult men. The delegation toured the facility and met with clinical and business development staff, as well as clients. An accompanying presentation reviewed the referral and screening process, how to troubleshoot admission barriers, relationship building, discharge planning, and other components of the treatment process. Deborah Simpson Taylor, President and CEO of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic, provided an overview of programs and information about how to utilize Medication Assisted Therapy as a treatment modality. “It is a compliment and an honor to have been chosen as the model system for effective substance use treatment by the Vietnamese delegation,” Ms. Taylor said.


Staff from Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic join SAMHSA and the Vietnamese delegation

This was the final stop on a trip that included visits to drug courts and other treatment programs. The delegation’s hope is to strategically implement a similar process in Vietnam for those struggling with addiction. “I am impressed with your facility that has many programs to help clients such as residential, PHP, and outpatient,” said Mr. Nguyen Xuan Lap, “I hope that one day we will see you in Vietnam to share our experience and knowledge.” Phoenix House stands behind our commitment to serve local communities, as well as others throughout the world by sharing tools and strategies used to provide leading treatment.

Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic has served over 30,000 individuals with substance use disorders across 21 different programs in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia metropolitan communities since 1962. To learn more about our programs and services please call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.



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