HOPE Recovery Center to reopen on July 6

The Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (SAAR) Program under the Office of the Governor is pleased to announce that the HOPE Recovery Center will resume services on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Special Assistant for Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Rehabilitation Yvette R. Sablan said that client homes and office spaces have been fully sanitized, and preventive measures are in place.

“As we are working responsibly with the challenges we having been facing through this global pandemic, SAAR has made interim changes within the program to ensure a continued quality of service. And while certain services will be limited or temporarily suspended, such as the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) or outpatient treatment, this basically limits our overall services to our Participants (residents) only. Acceptance into the program is processed and approved jointly by the Clinical Manager and the Group Home Manager,” Sablan said.

SAAR Certified Clinician and Clinical Manager Dorene Kintol, CSAC, explains that the Hope Recovery Center provides Clinically Managed Low-Intensity Residential Services.

“The program is appropriate for individuals who need a safe, sober supportive environment and structure to learn, practice, and integrate coping and relapse prevention skills. The clinical services component is characterized by services such as individual therapy, group sessions, family education, and life skills. Intense case management is also provided for medication management, mental health evaluation and therapy, employment and vocational training, and provide support to address overall crisis,” said Kintol.

SAAR Group Home Manager Jayra Manglona notes that the 24-hour staffed group home component provides stability and minimizes or prevents relapse or continued use.

“Our goal is to ensure that the individual can practice and improve their interpersonal and life skills, which supports their reintegration efforts. Admission into the home placement is contingent on the recommendation of the biopsychosocial assessment, history on violent criminal conviction(s), medical clearance of any communicable or infectious disease(s) from a medical doctor, and must test negative for COVID-19,” said Manglona.

Sablan emphasized that SAAR is ready to carry on its role in helping people get the treatment they need.

“We have hurdled through quite a few challenges as we worked to improve access to and provide an effective integration of treatment, recovery, and prevention services, all while making certain that treatment is not compromised. We are looking forward to helping individuals once again,” added Sablan.

Pursuant to its COVID-19 protective measures, SAAR is currently not accepting walk-ins at the moment. Please contact the HOPE Recovery Center at 323-HOPE (323-4673) to schedule an appointment and get further guidance.

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