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Welcome to Changing the Conversation! We discuss critical and timely topics focused on equity, homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. Our hosts interview health and human service experts, researchers, and advocates. Conversations explore how we can adapt our systems to the rapidly changing landscape of social services.

Apr 25, 2016

As part of the second series in this conversation, Jason Howellfrom the National Alliance forRecovery Residences and Kristen Paquette discuss RecoveryHousing as a method of homelessness prevention. 


Victoria Reyes
over six years ago

so i see so many times in my assisting my Peers as well as life experience. I get them into Detox and if i can find a bed transferred into a C.S.S or T.S.S where the insurance will only pay for a certain set time. most treatment based programs have a waiting list. now most people who in the processes of addiction have suffered threw some form of trauma as well UN-diagnosed mental illness that has yet to be treated. And if they make it into a program hopefully a treatment based program.They are placed on a waiting list for housing in witch they are not a priority.If you know any thing about Boston mass that can take years. most only at this point have some type of assist like D.T.A in witch they can only be approve for Food Stamps. So will not be able to transfer to sober living with no income. so they end up back in the streets or shelter. At this point they re- accrue and if there drug of choice is Heroin. we all know now a days it is all carfentanil or fentanil. if they have ever had an overdose they may never come back from that, we must bridge the gap it makes no seance. we must all stand together and make a change. when this happens and trust me it happens a lot we re-traumatize them and they lose all hope. the systems need to change were we have more funding for people who suffering from this complex disease. we are failing if we don't make a change.and Peer support works it need to be put into place in every area of recovery and affordable sober living or housing. this should be put in place for the person to be given a chance to the road to recovery. like me and now i give back and make a change in putting an awareness of change.

Victoria Reyes
Peer Forensics Specialist
Cert. Recovery Coach CADC/LADAC

Larry Parsons
over seven years ago

Good stuff