East Bay Community Action Program opens recovery center in Warren

THE EAST BAY Recovery Center, a division of East Bay Community Action Program, opened last month in Warren. / COURTESY EAST BAY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM

WARREN – As a result of funding from the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, the East Bay Community Action Program has opened a full-time recovery community center in Warren.

The East Bay Recovery Center officially opened on July 1, but it is planning a formal grand opening on Sept. 19. Services are free at the facility, and no appointment is needed.

The center offers peer-to-peer recovery services, all-recovery meetings, recovery coach academies, expungement workshops, family support groups, recovery coaching, telephone recovery support, Nalaxone training and distribution, along with other events and activities.

“There was a major need for recovery support services in the East Bay. We opened a nine-hour-a-week recovery center a little over a year ago in Bristol,” said Tommy Joyce, director of the East Bay Recovery Center. “During that time, we saw the dire need for more availability. … [Now] we have boots on the ground full time in the East Bay to provide peer-to-peer recovery support services.”

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Rebecca Boss, BHDDH director and a member of the governor’s Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Intervention, praised the expansion.

“The leadership of EBCAP and East Bay Recovery Center understands the importance of providing the recovery community with an environment that is safe and helps build on an individual’s journey in recovery. We appreciate their responsiveness and dedication to focus on this need in their community,” Boss said.

A fundraiser for the new center is planned for Sept. 26 at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol. Tickets are available at ebcap.org.

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