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Dec 12, 2013

Morrison Place at Randall Street Celebrates 20 Years

Residential Treatment Program for Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders has Helped Hundreds

(Portland) – With an elegant dinner celebration organized completely by its residents, Morrison Place at Randall Street marked 20 years of helping individuals recover from co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The dinner celebration, on December 11th, was held in The Opportunity Alliance’s Timbers room at the South Portland location.  Morrison Place, named for longtime Ingraham CEO Jane Morrison, who initiated the program, is a 12-bed residential program offering intensive individualized treatment of homeless adults with co-occurring disorders.  Ingraham was one of three agencies that merged to form The Opportunity Alliance in 2011, the other two being PROP and Youth Alternatives.

 

The celebration, which featured hors d’oeuvres, dinner and desert all prepared by current residents of Morrison Place, included a program with several speakers and a memorial service honoring individuals in the Morrison Place community who have died.  Jane Morrison spoke of writing the initial grant in 1992 to get funds to begin the program, of finding and renovating an appropriate residence for the program, and of the lack of such programming in our state at the time. Other speakers, including Morrison Place staff, talked about the nature and prevalence of co-occurring disorders in the United States today. Mike Tarpinian, President and CEO of The Opportunity Alliance, spoke of the courage and fortitude of all the residents of Morrison Place, past and present, who took on the arduous task of long-term sobriety and recovery.

 

For more information on any aspect of this story, please contact: Jim Gemmell, Director of Communications: 207-523-5014, jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org

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