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The Climb

Addressing Homelessness in Cities

Nov 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center, program development, Homelessness


The goal to prevent and end homelessness is ongoing across the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 552,830 people in the U.S. experienced homelessness on a single night in January of 2018. Over half of those that experienced homelessness did so in one of the nation’s 50 largest cities. [1] Reducing the number of individuals that are experiencing chronic homelessness calls for an evidence-based, compassionate, and strategic approach.

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How to Develop a Job Training and Reintegration Program

Nov 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Sharon Leech posted in re-employment initiative, program development


Under the best of circumstances, entering the job workforce can be an intimidating endeavor.  For those individuals in early recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), it can be overwhelming. In addition to coping with the challenges of maintaining early sobriety, these individuals are faced with securing a satisfying job that pays a living wage and can support their recovery efforts. They have most likely been out of the workforce for an extended period and might have a criminal record or are facing legal issues that create a barrier to finding gainful employment. Further, finding suitable affordable housing and establishing addiction recovery support services are critical to successfully maintaining employment.

At Ascension Recovery Services (Ascension), we are experienced in the development of programs to integrate these individuals back into society and the job market through a financially sustainable job training and workforce reintegration program specific to SUD. Our expertise includes providing job training and placement opportunities, securing safe and affordable housing options when needed, and connecting individuals with wrap around peer support services. Ascension believes those in recovery deserve the support necessary for a seamless and successful transition back into their communities, and we are here to help.  

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Understanding the Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care

Jun 5, 2019 2:20:53 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center, intensive outpatient program, sober living home, program development, residential treatment center


Ascension Recovery Services offers program development services for individuals and hospital systems that are creating substance use disorder treatment programs. One of the main questions that our clients ask is, “Which service should I offer?” 

To answer this question, it is important to understand which services are appropriate for an individual, the location of the services and a client’s budget. Seeking treatment is the first step in beginning the road to recovery for substance use disorder, but it can be confusing to know where to start. With different levels of care, it is necessary to understand which one is appropriate for an individual’s situation and needs. The continuum of care includes services such as:

  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • General Outpatient 
  • Sober Living
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National Accreditation: Setting Your Business Apart

May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in program development


What sets your organization apart? At Ascension, we believe that receiving national accreditation can be the deciding factor on helping your business stand out. Read on to learn why.

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Addiction Treatment Program Development: WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing

Mar 27, 2019 10:09:56 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center, Addiction Recovery, intensive outpatient program, program development, residential treatment center


On March 4, 2019, WVU Medicine launched its new facility the WVU Medicine Center for Hope and Healing, a medically managed withdrawal stabilization and residential treatment center for individuals affected by substance use disorders (SUD).

WVU Medicine and the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry already offer a comprehensive menu of outpatient services for people with SUD, and the addition of withdrawal management and 28-day rehabilitation completes the in-house continuum of care for these disorders. The Center is a 29,305 square-foot addiction treatment facility that offers 12 beds for subacute medically managed withdrawal residential care and 30 beds for residential care up to 28 days.

Ascension Recovery Services was honored to work with WVU Medicine, WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry to help develop this program.Read on to learn more about the residential treatment center, and how Ascension helped.

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Substance Use and Mental Health Grant Writing Services

Sep 19, 2018 3:08:33 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in program development


When a government agency or private foundation fund your treatment and recovery programs, it is called a grant. Grants support critical treatment and recovery initiatives, innovative research and more. 

Ascension Recovery Services (ARS) has written many state, federal and private foundation grants that have received funding. In the past year, we have been awarded millions of dollars in grant funds. Currently, we are applying for tens of millions of dollars through our work with large healthcare systems, community hospitals and smaller organizations providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

Keep reading to learn about the grant lifecycle, getting started, eligibility and more.

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What Does it Take to Be a Successful Treatment Center?

Aug 22, 2018 11:30:03 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in program development

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Anyone can open a treatment center; however, not everyone can keep a treatment center open and running successfully.

Why do treatment centers, such as Elements Behavioral Health (EBH), who recently filed for bankruptcy, fail?

Read on to learn more.

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Developing a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Center?

Aug 8, 2018 12:44:45 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in intensive outpatient program, sober living home, program development, residential treatment center

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So your heart is in the right place. You want to help others that are struggling with one of the biggest issues facing the United States, but you’re not sure exactly what to do.

This blog is intended to shed some light on the process of opening a substance use disorder treatment center and what is needed prior to its operation.

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