Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits LGBTQ+ Recovery House in honor of Pride Month, discusses importance of getting licensed

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -Today the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) visited an accredited recovery house, Stop and Surrender Wayne Ministries Rainbow House, to highlight their innovative approach to helping people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGTBQ+) in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) and to highlight the importance of obtaining a license.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians are supported at every step of their recovery journey,” said Special Assistant to the DDAP Secretary Steve Ross. “These regulations are an important step in ensuring safe and supportive housing for all Pennsylvanians. We applaud all Commonwealth recovery houses that have been licensed and in particular Rainbow House as they work to help those who identify as LGBTQ+ in recovery, a particularly vulnerable population.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people who identify as LGBTQ+ often face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges not experienced by people who identify as heterosexual. . They also face a greater risk of harassment and violence. Due to these and other stressors, sexual minorities are at increased risk for various behavioral health issues, which can include the most severe SUDs for LGBTQ+ people.

Stop and Surrender Wayne Ministries Rainbow House is a state-of-the-art recovery house that combines compassionate care with evidence-based techniques, with the ultimate goal of improving client outcomes. Rainbow House is a 12-bed recovery residence that serves the housing needs of the LGBTQ+ population in Philadelphia. Rainbow House employs trained staff to provide services that support and culturally support members of the LGBTQ+ population.

“All residents, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, must feel safe in their environment, in order for positive programming outcomes to occur,” said George Thomas III, Director of program at Stop and Return Inc. “At Rainbow House, the rules are upheld with dignity and respect for all, and most importantly, our residents are called by their preferred names and the use of pronouns is also consistent with how each resident identifies himself.

The goal of the Recovery Center Licensure Program is to help promote sustainable recovery for people with substance use disorders by ensuring a network of safe drug and alcohol addiction recovery homes. across the Commonwealth. Individuals can find a list of approved salvage homes on the DDAP website.

The Salvage Home Licensing Regulations contain a number of provisions designed to protect residents in the areas of health and safety, finances and resident rights, some of which include training of staff on administration naloxone, CPR, first aid and on-scene requirement for naloxone; non-discriminatory practices based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression; and documenting all financial dealings with residents and establishing a written agreement before assisting with any management of resident funds.

Reformatories can find more information regarding the application process on the DDAP website. DDAP offers a free one-day training workshop designed to answer the various questions associated with the application process. Attendance at the workshop results in a decrease in the time required to approve applications, resulting in the license being issued sooner to applicants who attend. To register for the workshop, please email [email protected] or call 717-783-8675.

People looking for addiction treatment or support for themselves or a loved one can always call the free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) . The free and confidential hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by trained professionals. A live chat option is also available online or via text at 717-216-0905 for those seeking assistance who may not be comfortable talking to a helpline operator. .

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephany Dugan – [email protected]

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