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Massachusetts Drug Treatment Technology Enhancement Initiative

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The Phoenix Houses of New England (PHNE) will utilize grant award funding to support the cost for an integrated electronic clinical management system that will be used in its substance abuse treatment programs in Massachusetts. For 40 years, Phoenix House has been helping men, women, and youth who struggle with substance abuse problems to transform their lives. Its programs address the many issues that derive from and accompany addiction. But, with five separate programs in Massachusetts and some 650-700 clients in treatment each year, there has been a dramatic increase in the infrastructure required and the sophistication of data tracking systems needed to maintain program quality and comply with federal and state agencies. The new system will enable PHNE to thoroughly assess a client's needs, customize treatment, update clinical records, electronically share data within the Phoenix House treatment network and with governmental and community partners, and help program graduates remain in recovery by providing electronic access to Phoenix House support services.


Date Created: September 20, 2009