November 6, 2007

ASC staff and Peers who specialize in designing and delivering services for women will bring HERS @ ASC to life.

With a prestigious grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ASC is preparing to launch an exciting program replication called HERS (Honoring Everywoman's Right to Safety).

HERS @ ASC will focus on serving minority women using a peer-led recovery support program model based on ASC's successful HIGH on Recovery mixed-gender program.

ASC is proud to be one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive this highly competitive grant—a recognition of ASC's expertise in developing specialized, peer-driven services that meet the particular needs of HIV positive and at-risk women of color.

Set to launch in October, HERS @ ASC will promote long-term recovery from substance abuse through peer-led support services that improve women's health and enhance the well-being of their families, social networks, and communities.

"Women need to recover on the inside before they can recover on the outside," says ASC Trainer Vanessa Sullivan. "HERS will help women deal with issues that get in the way of recovery. ASC's peer model gives women a chance see other women struggling right alongside them. That gives them a sense of hope, unity, and community that builds their recovery and their role as leaders."

Through support groups, sober social activities, classes on life skills and health issues, and other services, HERS will address the effect of gender roles, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and parenting responsibilities on women's recovery process. HERS will offer much-needed social support and enhanced access to medical care, mental health services, and housing.

ASC is honored to be a part of SAMHSA's national strategy to promote peer education as a means for preventing HIV and sustaining long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug use.

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