“The Threshold to Recovery Initiative is a major component in Baltimore’s evolving Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC).” - Greg Warren, President/CEO, Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems
The vision for Baltimore’s Threshold to Recovery Initiative (TTR) began in 2003 when three existing community centers began working together to share ideas about how to support people in recovery. The centers shared a common philosophy of offering free, walk-in, flexible services designed to meet the needs of individuals in their communities. Each center had something unique to teach the other two in terms of offering non-traditional holistic health services, peer-to-peer support groups, educational services, and linkages with a broad range of community services.
Each Threshold to Recovery center was started through the support of private foundations. Over the last decade, over 15 private foundations have provided funding to one or more of the centers. In 2004, the centers asked Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems (BSAS), Baltimore City’s substance abuse authority, to participate in an application to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Initiatives Funding Partners (LIFP) for funding to enhance Threshold services.
The collaborative was awarded a three-year $500,000 grant from the LIFP, and matching funds were awarded by four local foundations. Grant funds were used to form a network among the three centers, expand hours and services, and develop a system for quantifying the impact they were having on the recovering community.Over the next three years, Baltimore City awarded increasing grants to the three centers to cover core operating expenses. The City currently provides $500,000 annually to the three centers combined. Despite this ongoing support, the centers continue to face financial challenges as they serve more and more clients each year, and need additional space and resources to meet the needs of the clients in their communities.