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LifeSPRING's Grand Opening: River Edge

LifeSpring's Grand Opening: River Edge


By Amber Jones
December 20, 2011

It’s a life changing house and a home away from home for a special group of women. River Edge opened a brand new state of the art facility with hope of helping mothers build a future.

Tiffany Russell , Community Affairs Manager, River Edge, tells NewsCentral, "Today we are opening up Life Spring, which is a new women’s facility with their children, and these are women that are recovering from addiction."

The Mother’s making a Change Program is keeping Families together, during a time of struggle. Mother’s recovering from substance abuse can receive counseling and keep their children in a safe environment.

"Life Spring means: Life, Shelter, Purpose, Recovery, including the next generation. “, said Russell.

Though this system is about 20 years old, and has a state of the art new facility, its future is in jeopardy.

Cassandra Price, of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities said, “The Department of Behavioral Health and division of addictive diseases, actually funds this program as well as 20 residential programs and 14 outpatient programs across the state."

The Substance Abuse Program is funded by Federal dollars and without the Senate passing the payroll tax extension and unemployment benefits the program may have to find other funding.

Price tells us how the program changes lives, "That intervening moment in a women’s life where she can say you know, I have a choice and I want treatment and her child can come with her.

The new facility will hold up to twenty-one mothers, accommodating them and their children.