By Mark Powell
From Treatment Advocates to Recovery Support Providers
A few years back, the math just didn’t add up. The number of treatment dollars available to treat people in addiction in Central Pennsylvania was going down, while the number of people needing that treatment was going up. Clearly, it was a dangerous trend. Treatment providers were doing the best they could, but it wasn’t enough.
“People had to beg their insurance company to approve more time in treatment,” remembers Denis Holden. “Treatment programs couldn’t fight for themselves. They needed someone to fight for them on their behalf.”
So, a group of concerned individuals sat down together at a dining table in 2001 and decided to do something. When they got up, the RASE Project was born. It provides a unique blend of both professional and peer-based recovery support services.
“We started out doing advocacy. Then that led us to direct recovery support,” Holden, the organization’s founder and CEO says. The RASE Project now assists individuals affected by substance misuse by fostering progress and working to enhance the recovery process.
That progress came slowly, but surely. In 2002, the group opened RASE House, the area’s first therapeutic residential house for women in early recovery. By 2005, it had expanded to RASE of Carlisle, providing service to three more counties. A fourth came later that year. In 2011, RASE Project Recovery Centers opened in Harrisburg and