Martha’s Vineyard to Establish Recovery Support Center

OAK BLUFFS – Martha’s Vineyard Community Services has been awarded $400,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to establish a Recovery Support Center on the Island.

The new Recovery Support Center will be located in the Red House which is adjacent to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

“This was a huge undertaking and a huge effort by Community Services and other partners across the island and we’re absolutely thrilled, we actually had to wait a little longer than anticipated to get the great news but it was well worth the wait,” said Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Communications Manager Mary Korba.

The center will act as a “recovery-oriented sanctuary” and will provide a safe space for those in recovery to receive and or be involved in peer led support groups, educational supports, basic living skills training, wellness classes, and sober recreational activities.

The Recovery Support Center will offer information and referrals to treatment and community services that enhance and promote recovery.

“Essentially what so beautiful about this model is that it’s all based on a bottom up approach and its peer to peer recovery” Kobra said.

“That means members are directing and are actively involved in the day to day aberrations of the center and that allows members to identify their own strengths and needs and design and deliver services for their peers.”    

The four year contract is one of eight awarded Recovery Support Centers by the Department of Public Health out of 29 applications submitted across the state.

The final contract with the Department of Public Health is still under negotiation, and there is still work to be done.

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