Frisbie receives $13,500 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to support adolescent substance abuse program

November 7, 2017

Left to right, John Marzinzik, Frisbie president and CEO; William Brewster, Vice President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care New Hampshire; Paige Raymond of Dover, a peer mentor with Live Free Recovery; Bob Faghan, Program Director, Live Free Recovery; Davis Hardwick of Dover, a peer mentor with Live Free Recovery; and Ashley Sheedy, a clinician with Live Free Recovery

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care recently awarded a $13,500 grant to Frisbie Memorial Hospital to support Live Free Recovery’s outpatient substance abuse program.

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse program combines traditional clinical components with peer-to-peer supports. Run my master-level licensed alcohol and drug counselors and peer leaders, the Live Free Recovery program helps teens, ages 13 to 17, manage their substance use disorder and achieve academic and occupational goals.

“Helping teenager’s battle drug and alcohol addiction and taking their first steps toward sobriety is an important mission of the Live Free Recovery program,” said William Brewster, MD, and Vice President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care – NH Market. “Connecting them to peers already in recovery and working together to set goals is a model that is working well. We are proud to join with Frisbie Hospital to help our teens live a substance-free life.”

Live Free Recovery is the only program in the state to combine peer recovery coaching and after-care mentoring with clinical services, as well as the only program that features seven-days-a-week contact with participants and 24/7 access to its licensed clinicians.

Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Live Free Recovery Consultants began their joint effort to bring outpatient substance abuse services for adolescents in Rochester last August. Live Free Recovery is sharing space with Rochester Community Recovery Center, which is located at 48 North Main Street in downtown Rochester.


About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Harvard Pilgrim is a not-for-profit health services company that, along with its subsidiaries, is improving the well-being of its 2.7 million customers. Harvard Pilgrim’s flagship health plans in New England provide health coverage to 1.3 million members, while another 1.4 million individuals are served through Health Plans, Inc., a subsidiary that provides integrated care management, health coaching and plan administration solutions to self-funded employers nationwide. Founded in 1969, Harvard Pilgrim has built its reputation on innovation and collaboration with a goal of lowering health care costs, improving care and enhancing the overall member experience. It is known for its excellent clinical programs, customer service, health improvement strategies and innovative tools that offer consumers greater transparency and empower them to make better decisions about their health care. Harvard Pilgrim is home to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a unique collaboration with Harvard Medical School. As Harvard Medical School’s Department of Population Medicine, the Institute is the only appointing department of a U.S. medical school housed within a health plan. Funded primarily through external government and private sources, it provides critical information to all levels of our health care system on issues affecting population health and health care delivery.

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