SARDI has received a five-year grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to enhance substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS-related services to African-American adult men and women released from prison or jail within the past two years.
The enhancement strategy includes a neighborhood-based coalition approach with grass-roots partners and professional organizations, including Mt. Olive Baptist Church, the Center for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (residential substance abuse treatment program), the Consumer Advocacy Model (outpatient substance abuse treatment program), the Dayton Urban League, the Drew Health Center and Adult Probation/Parole of Montgomery County, Ohio. The coalition operates the Mt. Olive One-Stop Center, which provides free, rapid HIV-testing, health education, employment assistance and a food and clothing pantry in a faith-based, community-center setting. The Center also uses an existing, licensed kitchen to serve light meals and offer Internet access to assist with GED and training activities.
The Mt. Olive One-Stop Center integrates three evidence-based practices with HIV and ancillary services to enhance substance abuse treatment for the target population. Each year the Center will provide case management, social network support, and HIV/hepatitis education to 75 target members at highest risk for substance dependence and/or HIV. Evidence-based approaches will include:
- Strength-based Case-management to improve outcomes related to treatment entry/engagement, substance use, perceived needs, physical/mental health, housing, employment, and criminal justice involvement;
- Social Network intervention to address risk factors among target groups’ family and friends and improve recovery support, and;
- Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV Through Substance Use and Other High Risk Activities, a curriculum used to improve knowledge and perceived risk related to HIV.
The objectives of the Mt. Olive One-Stop Center are to get clients to engage in the following activities:
- Assess their risk for HIV due to their past or present substance use;
- Be tested for HIV;
- Address the individual, environmental, and health system barriers that interfere with successful substance abuse recovery; and
- Identify and access resources that are important to them and their ability to engage in life style changes that will successfully keep them out of prison/jail.
For more information on the Mt. Olive One-Stop Center, please contact Carlton Williams by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org