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Women in Recovery program receives national award

Women in Recovery program receives national award

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A local program that provides an alternative to incarceration for Tulsa-area women with non-violent drug offenses received national recognition Thursday.

Women in Recovery, a program run by Family & Children’s Services and supported by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, was named the winner of the Excellence in Addictions Treatment Innovation award by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

“This award honoring WIR is most importantly deserved by the women in the program who have overcome tremendous odds to create a new future for themselves and their children,” said Gail Lapidus, CEO of Family & Children’s Services. “We are especially honored in that we were chosen from more than 1,000 entries. We are grateful for our incredibly supportive partners who help us create non-prison alternatives for women with drug and alcohol addiction.”

Since the program’s inception in 2009, 234 women have graduated from Women in Recovery — a 14- to 18-month course that includes services for substance abuse, mental health and trauma treatment, court-related supervision, housing and several work and life skills programs.

“There are lot of programs in the nation doing really good work,” said Mimi Tarrasch, executive senior program director with the recovery program. “I hope this influences other communities that are looking at alternative ways to be smart on crime.”

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual awards honor advocates and leaders who advance public policies that support improved quality of and access to care, organizations that promote excellence and build healthy communities, and the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions, their family members, and the professionals who care for them.

Mike Averill 918-581-8489

mike.averill@tulsaworld.com

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