Healing Place of Hampton Roads was established on September 7, 2012 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The Planning Council incubated the new organization and has led the planning and facilitating process of creating a Healing Place in Hampton Roads.
In 2009 the Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness began researching best practices for treatment of alcohol and other drug addiction in eastern Virginia and identified recovery services as a significant gap for those presenting as homeless. The Task Force selected The Healing Place as the most suitable program for the region based on its success rate and cost effectiveness. The Healing Place was named a Model that Works by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1998. This successful model creates an atmosphere for persons to commit to recovery. The Hampton Roads facility will be modeled on the validated Healing Place programs in Wake County, North Carolina and in Louisville, Kentucky, and Richmond, Virginia Based on statistics from Wake County, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia 65-75%of graduates are sober one year later, and of those 85% are sober 2 years later.
On any given night there are approximately 2,000 homeless individuals in Hampton Roads. We estimate that there are a minimum of 1,280 homeless individuals with alcohol and drug addiction needing treatment and recovery services in our region. The Healing Place goals are unique because of its core concepts which include: immediate access to detox and recovery services when the individual needs them; no limit to the number of tries toward recovery because addiction requires a long healing process that often includes relapse, and peer-to-peer mentoring that creates a culture of empowerment. The Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, Inc. indicated at a SJR318 subcommittee presentation from 2009 that key principles to effective treatment are those utilized in The Healing Place model These include: When the person is ready, treatment is available; treatment is recovery-focused; peer support, such as 12-step, is effective in recovery; no single treatment is appropriate for all individuals; effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual with a wraparound approach; remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness; and an individual’s treatment needs/recovery progress is monitored regularly and services and supports are modified to address these changes. The Substance Abuse Addiction and Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia FAQS also indicate further evidence that The Healing Place model is effective and needed:
- Over 70% of public treatment providers in Virginia report inadequate capacity to provide a full array of treatment services.
- 60-85% of people with addiction recover when they receive appropriate treatment over time; a higher rate of recovery than other chronic diseases.
People who need treatment in Virginia have to wait an average of 25.4 days to get into services. For treatment to be effective, it should be available when a person is ready.
At a Glance
The Healing Place of Hampton Roads is a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-medical recovery and rehabilitation facility where homeless individuals with alcohol and other drug addictions can recover and lead self-sufficient lives in permanent housing.