MICHIGAN TREATMENT COURT HOUSING PROJECTS
HALTING THE REVOLVING-DOOR
For more than 30 years, Michigan Drug Courts have proven to be a successful approach to curbing relapse and recidivism rates for drug and alcohol offenders. Treating addiction as a disease rather than a criminal issue, the courts provide continuous and comprehensive interventions, treatments, and services to help people stay on a path to sustained sobriety with judicial supervision.
During the history of treatment courts, judges and treatment court staff have found one of the biggest obstacles to successful recovery is housing. People in treatment often return to environments they lived while using, triggering relapse.
ENVISIONING A SUPPORTIVE SPACE
In the Fall of 2016, during the MATCP Public Partner Summit, Judge Harvey Hoffman (ret), MATCP Legislative Director, spoke about a permanent supportive housing for individuals in recovery (RS EDEN in Minneapolis, MN) he had heard about at a national conference. Judge Hoffman pitched the dream to bring similar housing to Michigan with the distinction that the supportive housing in Michigan be for those involved in treatment courts. A representative from Governor Rick Snyder's office, who was in attendance at this Public Partner Summit, took the idea back to the Governor. Governor Snyder threw his support behind exploring options for bringing similar housing developments to Michigan. With the Governor's support, MATCP, Cinnaire, and developers, Milner & Caringella participated in the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's low income tax credit application process, and received an award in Fall 2018, for a development in Jackson, Michigan.
TREATMENT COURT HOUSING PROJECTS IN MICHIGAN
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Quad Cities- Midland-Bay-Saginaw-Isabella Counties
COMMUNITIES IDENTIFIED FOR FUTURE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Andy's Place- Jackson County
ABOUT ANDY'S PLACE
Jackson County Treatment Court Housing Project
Andrew Hirst passed away from a heroin overdose in 2010, inspiring his father Mike Hirst to start a nonprofit foundation called Andy’s Angels that supports families dealing with addiction and promotes innovations in recovery. Knowing rates of relapse in traditional 30-, 60-, or 90-day treatment programs are as high as 80 percent and that the human brain can take years to fully heal from long-term drug use, Mike conceived the idea of creating supportive recovery housing to give people space and time to completely break the addiction cycle. Mike was ultimately connected to the Jackson project, which was in its beginning stages. Connecting Andy's Angels with the Jackson project led to MSHDA, MATCP, Cinnaire, Andy's Angels, and Milner & Caringella, along with the Community Action Agency, to turn the Jackson development into Andy’s Place, in honor of Andrew Hirst.
Andy’s Place addresses the need for long-term affordable housing combined with on-site support services for individuals suffering from opioid and other addictions. Located in Jackson, Michigan, it is the first permanent supportive recovery housing in the nation that incorporates the drug treatment courts, according to the project partners. The drug courts work to treat addiction as a complex disease and not just a criminal issue, and
officials have found that the lack of affordable, stable housing is often a big obstacle to recovery. Andy’s Place helps to fill that void, providing 39 one-bedroom apartments for individuals and a separate building with 11 two-bedroom apartments for families earning no more than 30% and 50% of the area median income. Residents are referred through the courts, which also fund and manage on-site services, including case management and recovery programs.
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