The Pettengill House Substance Addiction/Mental Health Initiative provides professional assessments, support services and interventions to Greater Newburyport residents in need. Realizing the complexity of substance addiction and mental health, and knowing the need for individualized treatment, Pettengill House implements its therapeutic system of care model which provides comprehensive case management, advocacy, and intensive follow-up on behalf of the identified individuals in need.
Through a grant received by the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Pettengill House provides “Adult, Youth, and Public Safety Mental Health First Aid Training” to a diverse population of community members including school personnel, agencies, organizations, faith community, police and fire departments, and local government staff. The goal of this national research-based training is to teach community members to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and impart the skills needed to reach out to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis and provide initial assistance, including connecting the individual with Pettengill House and additional supports and resources.
Collaborating closely with area police departments, and in partnership through the Essex County Outreach Law Enforcement Initiative Pettengill House substance addiction social workers and recovery coach provide an array of interventions and direct services to individuals and families in need. This effective joint social work/ police model between Pettengill House and area police departments provides treatment rather than criminal charges. The addition of a peer recovery coach currently housed at Pettengill House is made possible through our joint partnership with Newburyport Police Department and the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI).
Formal professional substance assessments identify the impacts of use and overdoses identifying immediate treatment needs and interventions. In additional to direct service, Pettengill also provides coordination of ongoing services, pertaining to both hospitalized medical care (detox) and follow-up residential and outpatient therapeutic services.