High levels of substance abuse and related crime
in Baltimore City are causing a significant deterioration in the quality
of life in communities throughout the City. Baltimore City has one
of the worst addiction rates in the nation. An estimated 10 percent
of city residents or 68,000 people are in need of treatment for drug
addiction. Between 2011-2012, Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems (BSAS) served 21,000 individuals, approximately 34 percent of those in need. In recognition that drug addiction is a complex
disorder that touches every aspect of an individual’s life and
one that can have a devastating impact not only on the individual
but on the community as a whole, the Foundation seeks to increase
access to substance abuse treatment and supportive services such as
housing and job training for the uninsured and drug addicted individuals
residing in Baltimore City. The Foundation works to increase the impact
and effectiveness of treatment services through cutting edge research
and support of innovative service models designed to reach underserved
The Foundation supports programs and initiatives that
increase public safety and reduce recidivism with a special focus
on initiatives that address the barriers facing the returning ex-offender.
A particular emphasis is placed on initiatives that provide transitional
housing and the necessary wraparound services to support a successful
return to the community.
Areas of interest include:
- substance abuse treatment, prevention,
- supportive housing
- prisoner reentry
- criminal justice system reform
- juvenile justice
Criminal Justice and Addictions Highlights
Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office
The Specialized Prostitute Diversion Program is a 90-day pre-trial diversion option with the goal of reducing the number of prostitution offenses and arrests in Baltimore City. Case workers link individuals to wraparound services and monitor their progress in conjunction with a pre-trial services agent. The Abell Foundation provided funding which doubled the capacity of the program which now serves up to 80 individuals.
The Baltimore Station, Inc. operates two unique transitional stations
for homeless men recovering from addiction. Using innovative strategies
to restore quality of life and productivity to the homeless, job
training, employment counseling, medical and legal assistance are
provided in a safe and supportive environment. These men are given
encouragement that promotes their ability to regain self-sufficiency
and become a valuable part of society again.
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland/Jericho Reentry Program
Since 2006 Episcopal Community Services of Maryland has implemented the Jericho Reentry Program. This initiative provides case management job placement, training and life skills to 200 ex-offenders being released back into the community. The Abell Foundation has supported transitional housing stipends for participants while engaged in the Jericho Reentry Program.
Long-term Residential Treatment Facility
Gaudenzia is a long-term residential treatment facility which serves
addicted adult men and addicted adult women and their children,
and has the medical capacity to serve addicted individuals with
HIV/AIDS and those with concurrent mental health disorders.
Hand in Hand
HIH provides youth charged as adults with mental health and case management services continuously while at the Baltimore City Detention Center and upon their release into the community. Young men are matched with mentors, placed into educational programs, and assisted with employment searches/job readiness.
Helping Up Mission currently owns the entire 1000 block of East
Baltimore Street and is using this space to “Build a Community
of Hope” for over 300 homeless addicts who want to recover
from the despair and pain of poverty and addiction.
The Abell Foundation committed $2 million to implement Recovery
In Community, a drug treatment initiative that includes a street
outreach component, comprehensive case management and follow-up
services designed to rehabilitate, find employment, and bring stability
to the participant’s lives.
Safe and Sound Campaign for Children/Public Safety Compact
The Abell Foundation awarded a two-year grant to Safe and Sound Campaign for Children's Public Safety Compact that provides expanded drug reatment in the community and community-based case management/reentry services once an ex-offender has been released on parole. The Public Safety Compact model features three tiers of services: in prison, pre-release and community-based. By providing appropriate wraparound services to help prevent relapse or recividism, the Compact may prove to be an effective strategy leading to savings for reinvestment in ongoing support resulting in successful reentries.
Founded in 1979, the Women’s Housing Coalition
(WHC) has been at the forefront in the development of housing options
and services to low-income and homeless women. It opened the first
Transitional Housing Program (THP) for women in Baltimore City in
1982 and has been providing comprehensive counseling and case-management
services to the homeless and low-income women in its THP program
for more than 20 years. Seventy-five percent of the women who have
participated in this program have successfully completed it, and
have returned to independent living in the community.