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Indianapolis, Indiana: Thanks to an award from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the city of Indianapolis now has a Recovery Resource Center (RRC). The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, the RRC will offer free services and support for people and their affected families in recovery from substance use disorders and be operated by Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE). It is located in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.

“This Recovery Resource Center means everything to me,” says PACE client Nicole, who helped staff launch the grand opening and is a participant on the Peer Resource Center advisory board, which exists to give staff input on how to best serve individuals. “It will affect people in a very positive way. There are a lot of people who don’t know about resources that are available in the city so this will be great for the community as a whole. Before I came to PACE there were a lot of things that I didn’t know how to get resources for, like treatment programs. A lot of the crime that we see today has to do with people not knowing how to get help.”

PACE’s RRC will provide a wide range of support combining on-site services, such as a telephone recovery coaching support line, substance abuse assessments, peer recovery coaching, walk-in intervention, and a recovery community center, with community-based services, including a mobile crisis assistance team, collaboration with correctional facilities and hospital emergency departments, and vouchers to provide additional financial assistance as needed.

“This is the milestone in a long process of work that’s been going on here for a long time,” says Dr. Brad Ray, the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Institute at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “The main thing I’m hoping the Recovery Resource Center can do is help spread the peer recovery coach process across the state because it will serve people better directly.”

More information about how to make referrals and how to access the services at the RRC will be coming in mid-February. To learn more, visit the office in-person at 2855 N Keystone Avenue, Suite 170, Indianapolis, Indiana 46218 or call the main phone line at 317-618-6800.

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Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides a variety of services to help offenders, ex-offenders, and their families to lead productive and responsible lives in their community.