Drug and alcohol is a major issue in every community, it may not be as apparent in some like it is in others, but one facility is doing their best to combat the issue within the Black community and is receiving a high stamp of approval while doing it.
For the second year in a row, Addison Behavioral Care Inc. received no citations for their drug and alcohol client treatment services from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol during an annual state review in clinical services on July 21, said Bernadette Turner, executive director of Addison.
“It (the zero citations in treatment services) gives us a stamp of approval, shows we have a standard of quality and lets people know that we deliver quality,” said Turner. While the high rating does not provide tangible merit, such as additional funding or things like that, Turner said when funding conversations do come up it will help to receive increases, which in return could lead to expanding the services they offer.
Although the facility did receive two citations for administrative issues, one for CPR training to staff and the other dealing with an agreement referral for hospitalization, Turner said neither had to do with the services delivered to clients of the treatment program. She also added that there has been a constant decrease in the number of citations they received over the last couple years.
While Turner said the facility has its results and an approved action plan, Christine Cronkright, a representative from the state’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol, said when contacted for comment on the facility’s review that, “The (official) results are still being finalized and will be posted online on the Department’s website within 41 days of the exit date of the survey.”
Addison, formerly known as the Addison Terrace Learning Center Inc., is a community based nonprofit organization located in Wilkinsburg that has been providing culturally sensitive services to individuals and families within the community to help them focus on a better quality of life for more than 25 years. The facility’s main areas of focus are abuse prevention and intervention; drug and alcohol treatment; and new image, which offers several youth programs, such as an after school program that provides a safe and fun place to spend evenings after school without being on the street, a summer camp and a work preparedness program.
Turner credits the facility’s success to, “our phenomenal staff, those individuals dedicated to the cause, and the great people who give us support.”
On average, Addison directly serves 600-700 people and through their various community outreach activities indirectly serves more than 1000 people.
To show their appreciation to the community and the individuals within it, the facility held a Community Appreciation Day Aug.20, where they collected bags of clothing for donations and gave out food and refreshments. Turner said the event was well received by the community and was held as a way to welcome and inform the community about the services they offer.
For the future, Turner said her goal is to continue to provide quality programming to all, but that continues to be culturally specific and that addresses the needs of the community, and to increase partnerships to extend Addison’s outreach.
(For more information on Addison Behavioral Care or the services they offer, call 412-731-2353.)