Health Resources and Services Administration – Ryan White Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS)
Our HRSA funded Early Intervention Services program serves predominantly Hispanic and African-American men and women who are living with, or are at risk of contracting, HIV/AIDS. Most of our patients live in the disproportionately affected areas of the South and Central Bronx. Through the EIS Program we increase the accessibility and availability of comprehensive, culturally sensitive, high quality HIV primary care services for substance users, their partners and families.
SAMHSA – Engagement, Treatment, Retention (ETR) Program
One of our Chemical Dependency Outpatient Programs is a SAMHSA research site employing the Matrix Model to determine its effectiveness in helping individuals, families and couples struggling with addiction and HIV issues recover from substance abuse and lower the incidence of HIV infection. The program also provides community based outreach through our specialized Mobile Van staffed with an HIV Specialist, Recovery Coach, and Peer Educators who administer HIV rapid tests, provide education, referrals, and companionship during admissions.
SAMHSA – Family and Community Together Our Recovery (FACTOR) Program
We are serving as a research site to determine if the evidenced-based practice – assertive community care – is beneficial for substance abusing adolescents living in an urban environment. Project FACTOR is a family-centered expansion project designed to enhance adolescent treatment and increase family engagement utilizing the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach and Assertive Continuing Care (A-CRA/ACC).
The New York Community Trust – Recovery Coach Project
This innovative project targets reducing hospital based detoxification recividsim by using trained bilingual Recovery Coaches to support transition and retention in the next level of care. The Coaches use several contact methods to facilitate case management, coaching, and community based support. The Recovery Coaches are co-located at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and St. Barnabas Detoxification Units. The project has been extremely successful resulting in decreased recidivism and high costs.
Other grantors include the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA), NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Public Health Solutions.
The Equine Project
with adults impacted by trauma. Anecdotal findings suggest that clients involved in “pet-assisted therapy” experience an increase in self esteem, are less depressed, and are more committed to treatment. Our unique partnership with a Horse Rescue Farm in Orange County, New York provides special opportunities for our clients with traumatic histories to work with horses who also have traumatic histories. The premise is that healing will take place for both the individual and the horse through their interactions and care.
Exploring the High Incidence of Heroin Addiction in the Puerto Rican Population
It was discovered that there is a high incidence of heroin addiction in the Puerto Rican population residing in New York State. The origins of this are unknown and if discovered we believe will be important to increase recovery rates. Partnering with Dr. Evan Seinrich, Lehman College School of Social Work, we are developing hypotheses to help explain and inform treatment.
Acacia Network uses a variety of evidence-based practices to increase rates of engagement, retention, and recovery including Motivational Interviewing, Transtheoretical Model of Stages of Change, Thinking for a Change, and Workforce Training. We continually evaluate evidenced based and consensus based models for implementation.