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Ascension Recovery Services (Ascension RS) is an industry leader in developing fully comprehensive, integrated behavioral health systems, treating substance use disorders (SUD) and mental illness across the full continuum of care.
At Ascension RS, we work with individuals, investor groups, hospitals, and healthcare systems who want to open a behavioral health system such as a residential treatment center (RTC), intensive outpatient program (IOP) or sober living home (SLH).
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Ascension RS, in partnership with Gensler, an international architecture and design firm, is developing the Master Plan for the Long Island Recovery Center (LIRC) in Boston Harbor. We are building a comprehensive recovery campus, offering a full continuum of care for substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders, serving the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the surrounding region. This recovery campus will serve as a model of care for the entire country.
We have developed the following seven goals for the new recovery center’s Master Plan:
Together with the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services and Office of Recovery Services, our team has engaged with key recovery services providers across the state to identify critical gaps in care, along with promising practices and innovative ideas, to create the design of programs and services that may ultimately be located on Long Island.
Ascension RS is working with MassHealth and the City of Boston to develop a value-based reimbursement model and innovative SUD treatment delivery system to be implemented at the LIRC. We intend to replicate this model throughout Massachusetts in collaboration with MassHealth.
• The City of Boston needed a partner to run an Emergency Medical Sheltering facility to provide housing and health care for up to 500 homeless individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 but do not need acute hospitalization. The facility needed to be operational within 10 days and to be open for the duration of the Public Health Emergency.
• Marty Martinez, Chief of HHS, approached Ascension RS for the project because of the strong relationship they have developed working together on the LIRC Project.
• Ascension RS is proud of its staff, partners, and volunteers who stepped up to do their part in confronting the Covid-19 Pandemic.
• Ascension RS successfully stood up an emergency Medical Sheltering facility in five days including recruitment of over 120 clinical staff. The facility is located inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
• The facility has successfully treated 723 patients as of June 2nd.
• Medical staff and recovery coaches are on site, ensuring both physical and mental health needs of all patients, with a focus on providing individuals who are Covid-19 positive or demonstrating symptoms with safe, healthy, and secure respite. These services allow existing homeless service areas to continue operating safely.
• Beyond the scope of other disaster response facilities, Ascension RS had to additionally administer effective infection control and quarantine measures.
Ascension RS worked with WVU Medicine (WVU Hospitals and WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry) to launch the Center for Hope and Healing (CHH), a state of the art residential drug and alcohol treatment center located in Morgantown, West Virginia. This facility includes a 12-bed medically-managed withdrawal unit along with a 30-bed residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment unit. Developed with the most up to date evidence-based programs in mind, Center for Hope and Healing offers the highest quality, comprehensive, person-centered care for individuals struggling with SUD and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Ascension RS developed the business plan and the treatment/staffing/financial models, established all business processes including payer relations, financed the construction of the facility through a public/private partnership, hired the contractor/architect/engineer, and developed the property/building at a project cost of $13,000,000.
This facility opened on March 4, 2019. CHH is accredited by the Joint Commission and accepts a broad mix of payers, including commercial insurance, Medicaid, private pay, and charity care. CHH is partially funded by a $1 million grant, co-written by Ascension RS and WVU HSC, through the Ryan Brown Fund that enhances clinical programming for pregnant women with SUD and overdose survivors.
Ascension RS has developed all of the wrap-around support services for CHH through West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL), a self-sustaining 501(c)(3) non-profit, operating recovery residences, a job creation and workforce reintegration program, and a network of peer recovery coaches.
Columbus Regional Health’s Treatment and Support Center (TASC) provides substance use treatment to its community. TASC operates as a triage center for addiction-related immediate health needs, MAT, partial hospitalization programming, IOP, individual therapy, group therapy, referral for job placement and workplace monitoring, sober living homes, and peer recovery coach services.
Ascension RS provided program development and operational services to the CRH team. Additionally, this program received CARF accreditation.
In addition, Ascension RS wrote a grant that was funded by SAMHSA in the amount of $1.58 million and a foundation grant for $2.1 million to be applied to the start-up and enhanced operations of TASC. Ascension RS has an ongoing management services agreement with CRH for TASC.
West Virginia Sober Living (WVSL), formerly known as Morgantown Sober Living (MSL), has been instrumental in offering structure and support for men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in West Virginia.
WVSL offers sober homes for men and women and a broad array of peer support services throughout the region. The WVSL program is centered on the principles of 12 Steps, combined with other evidence-based practices. Our guests live in one of the sober homes for a period of six to 12 months, developing strong relations and demonstrate transparency in their daily life, while maintaining accountability to the group. Through the program, each guest will gain independence and responsibility, both financially and emotionally, as they become the person they want to be with peace and freedom, which is the ultimate goal.
WVSL also encompasses Reintegrate Appalachia and WV PEERS.
Reintegrate Appalachia, created by Ascension RS, WVSL, and Coalfield, and supported by WVU HSC, is a job creation and workforce development initiative, for West Virginians impacted by SUD.
Better Beginnings focuses attention on women experiencing PMAD and PPD. This program offers partial hospitalization, which includes group sessions with baby and mom, group sessions with other women that are overcoming PMADs, individual sessions with just mom, and sessions inclusive of a husband/partner.
Ascension RS provided program development services including business and financial planning, development of the staffing model, behavioral health licensing, connection and support with marketing and branding services, consulting and support with developing strategic partnerships with local health systems and other various community partners, and support in contracting with commercial insurance payers and MCOs.
Ascension RS has worked with Mon Health System on a comprehensive gap analysis to better understand the behavioral health needs in WV, and is working on various projects to develop behavioral health programs.
Ascension RS has worked with Thomas Health in building systems of care that include recovery support services such as recovery residences and peer recovery support.
PROACT, was founded by partners Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Thomas Health Systems, and Valley Health in 2018. PROACT is a cutting-edge concept for addressing immediate substance use disorder needs in an area that has been hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.
Ascension RS worked directly with Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health, and the PROACT program director to develop an intensive outpatient program that complemented the already incredible services offered at PROACT. Ascension RS has also assisted with grant writing support and business planning and strategy for expansion to other areas.
WV PEERS, employs a network of certified peer recovery coaches (PRCs) within the community it serves. This program, which currently has eight PRCs working in the Monongalia County community, and four PRCs in the Kanawha Valley, connects individuals throughout West Virginia’s 55 counties, southwestern Pennsylvania, and western Maryland, that struggle with substance use disorder to PRCs and services they need to live a healthier and fulfilling lifestyle.
Widely applauded for its ability to engage individuals in need of substance use disorder treatment, the WV PEERS has been integrated in Emergency Departments in 5 counties, and featured in SAMHSA harm reduction training. Additional training and technical assistance includes replication of the Monongalia County QRT model in Madison County, Kentucky, through collaboration with The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). Due to the expertise developed within WV PEERS, staff have participated in the training of peers in several states including Indiana and Kentucky.
This program was started by Ascension RS, in partnership with WVU HSC, WVSL and our community partners: WVU School of Public Health, WVU ED, Mon and Preston County Health Department, Mylan Puskar Health Right, Mon Health Medical Center, Mon Health EMS, Morgantown Police Department, and WVU COAT Clinic.
Founded in 2018, Framework Recovery is an addiction treatment program that provides intensive outpatient programming, partial hospitalization programming, outpatient programming, and a sober living home to its community.
Ascension RS provided program development and operational support for the Framework team, who has also received CCAPP, CCAR, and CART accreditation and training.
Better Life Recovery & Wellness, provides substance use disorder intensive outpatient programming and mental health treatment. Ascension RS was hired to plan, develop, and implement programming for Better Life Recovery & Wellness, including creating the business plan, developing the budget and pro forma financials, obtaining a state behavioral health license, credentialing, developing clinical programming, recruiting, hiring and training of staff, finding real estate, and preparing to open.
Choice Recovery provides substance use disorder treatment through intensive outpatient services.
Ascension RS provided program development and operational support to the Choice Recovery team. Additionally, this program received its Joint Commission accreditation.
Trinity Sober Living is a sober living home located near Chicago, Illinois. Ascension RS provided program development and operational assistance to the Trinity Sober Living team.
Providence Recovery Services is an addiction treatment program for men and women that provides patient-centered addiction treatment through partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming, outpatient programming, medication-assisted treatment, and offers a sober living community.
Ascension RS provided program development, implementation and management services, and provided technical assistance in the writing of a HRSA grant that was funded in the amount of $1,000,000, as well as facilitated public-private partnership between the regional hospital and investor / operators.
Clarksburg Mission is a non-profit agency which provides community based services. Ascension RS assisted Clarksburg Mission by providing program development and operational support in the development of the Clarksburg Mission Sober Living Home.
Union Mission Behavioral Health was founded in 2019 and provides outpatient programming to individuals experiencing substance use disorder. Ascension RS assisted with developing the treatment schedule, recruiting and training of staff, and getting the behavioral health license. Ascension RS provides program development services for this client.
Recovery Concepts, developed in 2020, provides a sober living home for its community. Ascension RS provides program development and operational support services for this client.
Milan Puskar Health Right, is a free health care clinic providing care to people who are uninsured and underinsured. Milan Puskar Health Right also operates two peer recovery drop-in centers known as the Friendship House and Friendship Fairmont. Milan Puskar Health Right provides critical recovery services for people in need of assistance. Ascension RS provided policy and procedure development services for Health Right.
Recovery Boys - a Netflix original was released Friday, June 29, 2018. The documentary film features four young West Virginians battling with substance use disorder (SUD) and their road to recovery at the farming-based rehab, Jacob's Ladder, located in Aurora, West Virginia.
The film illustrates the strength, brotherhood and courage it takes to fight addiction and re-enter society.
Read more about Recovery Boys here.
Roaring Brook was founded in 2019. It is a comprehensive outpatient program for people with substance use disorders. Roaring Brook’s program is designed to facilitate long-term recovery for its guests. Included in this program is a recovery approach that integrates multiple evidence-based and recovery strategies. Ascension RS provides program development services to the Roaring Brook team.
Transcendence Treatment was founded by a cardiologist in 2019. This facility offers intensive outpatient treatment to the community. Transcendence is able to work with guests of the program on an individualized basis to ensure quality and effectiveness of care. Person-centered care is a hallmark of this program. Ascension RS provides program development services to this facility.
Affinity is an outpatient program and methadone clinic. Affinity recognizes the need for people with substance use disorders to receive the best health care services available. Affinity ensures quality of care through its provision of medication-assisted treatment and counseling. Ascension RS provided program development services to this client.
ASAP Sober Living was founded in 2020 by ASAP Hub, located in Indiana. Ascension RS was involved in helping with the development of the new treatment center TASC in Indiana with Columbus Regional Hospital, and through building community relationships was asked to help with developing sober living. These sober living options are critical recovery support services for people seeking to maintain established recovery. Peer to peer recovery support is offered to all guests. Ascension RS provided program development services to this client.
Located in Kansas, Summit Ranch is a program designed to provide intensive outpatient programming to the community. Given the challenge and prevalence of people struggling with co-occurring disorders, Summit Ranch recognizes the need for integrated mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Manualized evidence-based therapies are utilized in service of the individual needs of guests. Ascension RS provides program development services to Summit Ranch.
Once fully operational, Two Rivers will provide the full spectrum of substance use disorder services to its community. Ascension RS provides program development support for this client.
IOP Services, LLC provides intensive outpatient programming for people with mental health disorders. IOP Services, LLC provides a combination of effective therapeutic methods to help guests recover. Additionally, this facility has received Joint Commission accreditation. Ascension RS provides program development and operational support.
MSK Solutions, founded in 2019, will operate an intensive outpatient program. Ascension RS provides program development services for this client.
Goddard Place, located in Kansas, is a residential adolescent facility, founded in 2019. Ascension RS provided program development and operational support services.