FRANKLIN — Construction is complete on a new facility to house services for substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire, and on Monday, Farnum Center welcomed 10 new clients into the newly opened "Ray House," named after New Hampshire's well-known and generous restauranteur, Alex Ray, of the Common Man Restaurant chain, who donated $100,000 to help with the project.
The newly expanded Farnum Center North in Franklin will provide inpatient treatment for women in need, and also has immediate space available for first responders and veterans in need, in a separate treatment wing dedicated to veterans. In all, the Ray House has 21 available beds. In the next few months, another 42 beds will be licensed and available for rehabilitation and treatment in the Webster House next door.
"We have opened our doors to anyone in need, but we recognize there is a special and significant need to tend to the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed for our country," said Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, senior VP of Substance Abuse Services at Farnum Center. "We have created a special unit dedicated solely to our veterans and to our first responders. They have given so much to us, and it's time for us to do what we can to give back to them."
Easter Seals Farnum Center broke ground on a major expansion in Franklin last fall. The nonprofit agency will offer new treatment services in two separate locations, Farnum Center in Manchester and Farnum North in Franklin. In addition, the process is underway to transition from peer recovery services to a fully licensed clinical program at Webster Place in Franklin. This will allow the facility to be fully flexible to handle a variety of inpatient and outpatient needs.
"The numbers speak for themselves and, sadly, 2015 set another record for the number of lives lost to drug overdoses," said Larry Gammon, president and CEO of Easter Seals. "This expansion is the first in what will be several steps to help those who are caught in this deadly addiction."
The New Farnum Center's Residential Service in Franklin will be a 30-day substance abuse treatment program with the capacity to serve 20 adults with primary substance abuse issues or co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. This program is for clients who require the structure and intensive support of a residential setting. Farnum Center is a comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment facility that offers programming based on the philosophy of Health Realization and an array of services. Days are filled with education classes, meetings, group discussions, positive seminars and special presentations. Their goal is to teach participants that they have the tools they need to stay sober already within themselves. Farnum Center understands how important it is for you to get the help you need right away; that is why we have a new screening process called Open Access. They will be seen by one of the clinicians who will complete a thorough psychosocial evaluation and discuss what level of care would be most appropriate.
The ribbon-cutting at the new Franklin Farnum Center took place Friday. (Courtesy Photo)
The reception area at the Franklin Farnum Center. (Courtesy Photo)
A bedroom at the Farnum Center. (Courtesy Photo)
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