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Longstanding program for women in recovery relocates to Jamaica Plain hospital

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  October 22, 2012 05:48 PM

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A 23-year-old program that aims to help women recovering from addiction has relocated from Dorchester to a hospital in Jamaica Plain, officials said.

Women’s Hope, one of 17 programs run by Boston-based nonprofit Victory Programs, moved to the 11th floor of the state-run Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, according to the organization.

The program provides intensive, short-term, specialized residential treatment for 20 women who have just come from detoxification programs and are in the first steps of recovery from substance abuse disorders.

The relocation provides the program will more space, enough to serve up to 40 percent more clients, and the move allows better access to medical appointments, urgent care and other clinical services at the hospital, the nonprofit said.

“The timely move further unites our mutual unique health and wellness resources,” said a statement from Victory Programs’ president and CEO Jonathan Scott.

“Together with the strength and years of experience between our two organizations, we can significantly improve the quality of care, treatment and health benefits offered directly to our most vulnerable clients residing at Women’s Hope and the Shattuck community,” his statement continued.

The hospital is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and aims to serve patients who have difficulties accessing comprehensive health care elsewhere.

The program’s new home was previously occupied by the Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center for Women, which closed last winter for financial reasons, the nonprofit said.

“The addition of Women’s Hope to the Shattuck community reinforces this mission, especially a long-standing commitment to providing a continuum of addiction treatment services on the campus,” said a statement from the hospital’s CEO Paul Romary.

Victory Programs acquired “The Women’s Chemical Dependency Program” housed at Mass Osteopathic Hospital in Jamaica Plain in 1989 and renamed the program Women’s Hope, according to the nonprofit.

Many of the women the program treats are also living with HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders or other chronic conditions.

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