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River Edge unveiling new home for recovering addicts

River Edge unveiling new home for recovering addicts

From Macon Telegraph staff reports

The River Edge Behavioral Health Center will have an open house Tuesday afternoon to unveil its new outpatient and residential home for women with children who are seeking recovery from addiction.

The open house for the Lifespring facility, located on College Crossing Drive, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

River Edge officials say the new housing initiative will help more women seeking recovery stay out of jail and will mean more drug-free babies being born, as well as fewer children in foster care. The homes provide safe housing for women and their children, family education, job hunting help, and day care services, among others.

Georgia faces a cut of millions in supplemental funding from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program as Congress debates budget deficits and how to address the issue. That funding helps runs such residential and outpatient programs.

If Congress fails to restore the supplemental grant, Georgia policy makers will have to look for additional state revenues to cover the shortfall or make more cuts to addiction treatment and recovery services, River Edge officials said.