CHD recruiting participants for Recovering Families Initiative

  • The Center for Human Development, a non-profit organization located within the Orange Innovation Center, is recruiting participants for the Recovering Families Initiative, a program aimed at helping people affected by addiction. Staff File Photo/David McLellan

Staff Writer
Published: 9/8/2020 2:19:48 PM
Modified: 9/8/2020 2:19:40 PM

ORANGE — A Community Development Block Grant-funded program aimed at helping people affected by addiction is recruiting more participants.

The Recovering Families Initiative consists of two 14-week therapeutic support group programs: Parenting Journey in Recovery and Kids are Resilient. The first is a program for Orange parents and caregivers who have a history of substance abuse and unique challenges as caregivers; the other is for the children in these families.

Kathryn Mulcahy, clinic director at the Center for Human Development (CHD), the non-profit organization located within the Orange Innovation Center that is administering the $20,000 state grant, explained the programs will be held remotely through the video conferencing platform Zoom starting Sept. 14.

“We were initially going to run the program in person, and then COVID-19 happened,” she said, adding that the initiative has six participants and can accept up to 20. “We really want to remove the barriers to people being able to access the programs.”

Mulcahy said CHD will provide tablets and earbuds for participants to use for the clinician-facilitated Zoom sessions. They will be allowed to keep them when the 14-week programs are finished.

Both programs are designed to focus on the development and practice of coping skills and mood regulation. Mulcahy said coping skills include tactics such as art, deep breathing, and identifying comforting and enjoyable activities. The youth program, for children and teens ages 9 to 14, will also connect participants with peers who share similar experiences.

According to Mulcahy, the adult program will consist of a few different groups conferencing with a clinician for a 90-minute session once a week, while the youth program will consist of hour-long sessions once a week. Mulcahy also said adult participants will receive grocery gift cards to facilitate family meals.

For more information, call Mulcahy at 413-372-9849 or CHD at 978-544-2148.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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