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Message From The President
As we emerge from a year of profound challenge for the substance abuse industry and the economy as a whole, we at Phoenix House find ourselves well positioned because of our determination to grow and evolve. With the prospect of healthcare reform and an administration focused on providing more funding, we have adopted a leadership position by redefining our mission, embracing new forms of treatment, and upgrading the quality and range of services we provide.
As my partner in our ongoing transformation, we are fortunate to have our new Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Deni Carise, Ph.D.
Thank you for your support in 2009 and for your belief in the Phoenix House mission.
Howard P. Meitiner
Embracing The Future
To kick off her new role, Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Deni Carise, Ph.D., organized a thought-provoking “Future of the Field” senior management retreat. For two days in early December, Phoenix House leaders from across the country gathered in New York to discuss our field’s widespread changes and the future of our organization. To shed light on the ways healthcare reform and new drug laws will impact substance abuse treatment, Dr. Carise invited several notable guest speakers, including Dr. Keith Humphreys, Ph.D. of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, New York Commissioner Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, and Dr. Mady Chalk, Ph.D. of the Philadelphia-based Treatment Research Institute. After gaining a perspective from these experts, Phoenix House staff broke up into small groups and identified challenges, opportunities, and top priority areas. The retreat marked the first meeting of its kind between treatment professionals, government officials, and policymakers.
Phoenix Academy Teens Speak Up
Over the past year, the Speak Up! project at Phoenix Academy of Los Angeles has been a great success, helping teens change their negative feelings towards police officers and view law enforcement in a more positive light. During these monthly workshops, 10 to 12 residents engage in conversation with the officers of the LAPD’s Foothill Division and learn about each other’s mutual misconceptions. Through role reversal exercises, youth and officers have taken positive steps toward removing the barriers that often lead to trouble and misunderstanding.
Adopt-A-Family Brightens the Season
This holiday season at Phoenix Families, New England’s newest facility in Boston, was joyous for homeless mothers and their children, thanks to the Adopt-A-Family program. One of our board members and eight facilities across the region each adopted a mother and her family, ensuring that holiday dreams came true. Others contributed funds for items on Phoenix Families’ wish list, from a tiny rocking chair for the “kids’ corner” to a computer for job and housing searches.
A Special Guest at Belle Terre
In early January, Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY) visited our Belle Terre facility for the first time. During his tour, Murphy had the opportunity to chat with residents and staff. He praised their involvement in local service and volunteer programs, including seminars on addiction and recovery at the nearby Juvenile Justice Center and restoring a historical lookout tower on Mount Utsayantha, the highest peak in Delaware County.
Download “Building for Tomorrow,” the latest Phoenix House Report. It features the new look of Phoenix House, with the “Wings of Hope” and our lighter, brighter visual identity.
For more information about our programs and to support our efforts, please visit www.phoenixhouse.org.