Caron Bermuda, the Island’s leading non-profit addiction treatment provider, has announced that the organisation will now be known as Pathways Bermuda.
The change, effective from September 2014, will see the transition of all administrative services from U.S.-based Caron Treatment Centers to Pathways Bermuda, which will remain a Strategic Partner of Caron.
Pathways Bermuda’s Executive Director Gita Blakeney Saltus, formerly the Regional Vice-President of Caron Bermuda, said: “We are very excited about this transition. Pathways Bermuda will now have the flexibility to offer more focused local services and programs while at the same time retain full access to Caron’s world-class treatment, expertise and support. It really is the best of both worlds and it will enable us to develop a much more holistic approach to treatment and recovery.”
Pathways Bermuda will continue to focus on community awareness, education, adolescent programs and treatment as well as continuing to offer outpatient and aftercare services at its Smiths Parish facility for individuals and family members facing alcohol and/or other substance abuse problems.
Ms. Blakeney Saltus said Pathways Bermuda plans to expand its services over the coming months, particularly for adolescents and families. “With the social ills that are prevalent, these are programs that are specifically relevant to Bermuda and we are seeing a growing demand for them.
“We want to build on the success of existing programs like our annual Summer Camp that focus on prevention and empower our young people to make better life choices, as well as more family group services that will positively engage families who are impacted by an addicted relative.”
As a Strategic Partner, Pathways will retain a close relationship with Caron, which will continue to provide matching dollar-for-dollar scholarship funds for Bermudians to receive treatment at a Caron facility, training of clinical staff at Caron and speakers for programming on-Island to support clinical training, professional development and community awareness. Local clients will also have increased access to telemedicine, which provides pre-treatment assessment and aftercare continuity with their Caron clinicians via secure videoconferencing.
Caron will also continue its involvement with and support of the Bermuda Community Service Awards Breakfast, and the Award of Excellence Dinner, proceeds of which support the Adolescent & Family program and the Caron Bermuda Scholarship Fund.
Doug Tieman, President/CEO Caron, said: “We are grateful to the Bermudian community for their significant support of our organizational mission and these critical issues facing the country. Caron continues to be committed to helping individuals and their families in Bermuda gain access to high-quality addiction treatment and recovery."
“The support provided by Caron has been paramount to address the crisis of substance abuse in Bermuda,” said Michael. L. Schrum, Chairman of Pathways Bermuda, “and we are pleased that Caron remains deeply dedicated to the health and well-being of our community, as we approach this new phase of our evolution.”
Mr. Schrum, formerly Chairman of Caron Bermuda, will continue as Chairman of Pathways Bermuda. The former Caron Bermuda Board members will also continue as the Board of Pathways Bermuda. In addition to Mr. Schrum, Caron Bermuda’s Board of Directors includes: Roland Burrows, Linda Cox, Caroline Desmarais, Shalanda Durrant Thomas, G. Rees Fletcher, Rory Gorman, Theresa Hall, Tucker Hall, Jocene Wade Harmon, Michelle Brock Jackson, George Jones, Brenda Lehmann, and Wayne Smith.
Since Pathways Bermuda’s inception in 2007 as Caron Bermuda, the organisation has served 2,975 persons, including 512 via its adolescent and family programming. Additionally, 80 individuals and their families have received overseas treatment at Caron’s Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas and Caron has provided more than $500,000 in scholarships to 36 Bermudians for residential primary addiction treatment. We have facilitated adolescent group programs in partnership with Bermuda Youth Counseling Services and Caron’s Student Assistance Caron’s Student Assistance Program professionals also trained staff for PRIDE, Bermuda’s youth addiction awareness organisation. The prevention program is currently implemented by PRIDE in several local schools.
The phone number for Pathways Bermuda will remain unchanged at 236-0823. It will remain listed under Caron Bermuda until the release of the 2015-2016 phone directory. Notification of changes of email addresses for staff and the launch of the new Pathways Bermuda website will be announced in due course.
For more information about Caron, visit www.Caron.org or follow Caron on Twitter, @CaronTreatment.