U.S. Department of Justice Awards Safe Harbour $340,000 to Establish a Tri-County Transitional Housing Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

U.S. Department of Justice Awards Safe Harbour $ 340,000 to Establish a Tri-County Transitional Housing Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

Beachwood, OH (PRWEB) September 12, 2006

Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. has been awarded a Transitional Housing Assistance Grant by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to establish Homeward Bound, a transitional housing project. This is the first time that these grant monies have been bestowed to any agency in the Firelands Area.

Grants made under this program support programs that provide assistance to individuals and their children who are in need of housing assistance as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence, and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. joined with the Volunteers of America of Northwest Ohio, Inc., Zonta Club of Sandusky Area, Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Inc., and the Sandusky Area YMCA to form Homeward Bound. Additionally, local landlords, churches, the OSU Extension Office, and other service providers are key elements to the overall project’s success.

The purpose of this partnership is to create comprehensive, wrap-around services for victims of domestic violence, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, who reside in Erie, Ottawa, or Huron counties in the state of Ohio. Homeward Bound represents the commitment of agencies and community members in the three counties to work together to streamline efforts, search for effective alternatives, and leverage existing resources in order to create holistic, victim-centered services that assist victims of domestic violence obtain safe, secure, and permanent housing.

“Homeward Bound will make a tremendous difference for women and their children in our community by filling a current gap for those who victimized by domestic violence” said Linda Mitchell, Executive Director of Safe Harbour. “For more than five years, I have dreamed of establishing a transitional housing program and I am thrilled about the opportunity that the Office on Violence Against Women has provided us” she further stated. Safe Harbour called upon Lauren Litton of I.S.P. Consulting, based in Norwalk, Ohio to assist in locating and securing funding for the project, as she has worked nationally on violence against women and child abuse related issues.

Ms. Litton indicated that “this project is built upon the belief that with the necessary time, support and opportunities, families will be able to live violence free and break the cycle of poverty and domestic violence.” Safe Harbour will work with its partners to offer clients intensive case management services. It is anticipated that clients will locate and obtain the housing of their choice, receive necessary subsidies, and increase their self-sufficiency skills in order to maintain their housing once the subsidies have ended. As of September 1, 2006 the project will enter into its planning phase with the goal of being operational by the end of the year.

For more information about the transitional program or Safe Harbour’s services, contact Linda Mitchell at (419) 621-7785 or for information about community collaboration and violence against women and children contact Lauren Litton at (419) 660-8000.


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Narconon Arrowhead Receives Certification from Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSAS) awarded full certification to Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. (dba) Narconon Arrowheads drug free withdrawal program after department inspectors verified the center was in 100% compliance with the criteria required by the state for non-medical detoxification.

The Departments recommendation for full certification was sanctioned by a unanimous vote by the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health at their monthly meeting held at Department headquarters in Oklahoma City on the 11th of March. Full certification is valid for three years, which is the most allowed under the Department is regulations.

Narconon Arrowhead CEO, Gary W. Smith said, My center is goal has always been to meet or exceed state and federal treatment standards because the individuals that we help are the ones that benefit from a higher quality care in the end. I think it’s a new era for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and treatment providers in the state. We have known for some time that substance abuse is one of the key factors that are driving up prison and health care costs and more treatment services are needed, not less. State regulations seem to be moving more towards inclusion of alternative types of effective rehabilitation methods and programs rather then being exclusive to what has been considered traditional treatment methods.

In addition to ODMHSAS certification Narconons drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is accredited by the nationally recognized and prestigious Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) since the center was first licensed in Oklahoma in 1991. The organization has helped thousands of people recover from drug addiction since that time and has helped prevent drug use through education to hundreds of thousands across the country through the application of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard is effective drug-free rehabilitation methodology.

Adds Smith, I am impressed with the cooperative spirit that exists today with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and treatment providers in the state of Oklahoma. I know this is due, in now small part, to the Department leadership and support in making more treatment services available by the Governor office.

Narconon Arrowhead is one of the largest private residential treatment centers in the United States. The center services between 200 and 230 people in need at a time and program participants range from 18 to over 60 years of age and come from all walks of life all over the country as well as overseas. It is also the main training center for Narconon is international network of drug rehabilitation and education programs that now reaches 40 countries.

Program information can be obtained by calling 1-800-468-6933 or via the web at http://www.stopaddiction.com.