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Outpatient Substance Abuse Programs Reinstated at Lebanon Nonprofit


Saturday, April 01, 2017

Lebanon — Two outpatient substance abuse counseling programs have been re-established at Headrest.

The programs collapsed last spring under the weight of new state funding requirements.

The change, from block grants to a fee-for-service model, required “quite a change in how you do business,” said Hilde Ojibway, Headrest’s interim executive director. “We didn’t really have the infrastructure in place to pull that off.”

But, working slowly, the Lebanon nonprofit has built “a good strong core” to ensure such a disruption of services never happens again, said Ojibway, who has led the organization since July 5.

The intensive outpatient program, which restarted last month, is designed for people who are “really having challenges with substances” but are able to stop using for a period of time, said Kathleen Russo, clinical director.

It meets for a total of 16 weeks — three times weekly for the first six weeks, and then once a week for the remainder. Participants also receive an hour of individual counseling each week.

A less-intensive outpatient program that involves one-on-one counseling was re-established in November.

The programs are offered in addition to Headrest’s other services, which include a 24-hour crisis hotline and a 10-bed low-intensity residential treatment program.

Case management, counseling and 12-step meetings are offered onsite.

— Staff report