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Coolmine Therapeutic Community. (2012) Coolmine Therapeutic Community annual report 2011. Dublin: Coolmine Therapeutic Community.

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2011 was yet another challenging year for Coolmine Therapeutic Community due to funding cuts, however we have managed to maintain our front line services, providing services to those who need us most.

Below are a number of the significant highlights from 2011 at Coolmine.
1. 24 detoxification episodes were carried out thanks to the support from the HSE’s social inclusion unit. With the dedication of our clinical nurse specialist, our consultant psychiatrists and visiting medical officer, we have had our clinical governance standards approved by the HSE’s residential compliance committee. In Ireland today there is in excess of 10,000 people on methadone programmes with limited access to treatment due to the insufficient number of detox beds.
2. 36 mothers with their families have availed of our services this year. They have come from all across Ireland, with the largest number being from Dublin, Cork, Kildare and Galway. This highlights the wide demand for this type of service and copper-fastens our determination to secure state funding for our childcare programme and services.
3. 22 of our staff completed and were accredited therapists in the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) in treating people with addictions. A further 4 individuals became accredited Community Reinforcement Approach for Families, or CRAFT, therapists. In addition to this we commenced an action research project with the specific remit of tracking and informing the integration of this model within our range of services.
4. We commenced the piloting of a new drug free day programme in partnership with Hartstown/ Huntstown Community Drug Team. This is currently being run out of Coolmine Lodge, but it is hoped that the service will relocate to a community venue when a suitable premises becomes available.
5. Building on existing housing strategies which have worked for us with Focus Ireland we entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Peter Mc Verry Trust also, to improve housing standards and opportunities for our clients.
6. We arranged for a “skills and staff” swap with the Ana Liffey Drugs Project, with the specific objective to broaden our referral base and improve access to our services for the most vulnerable.
7. Our career guidance counsellor, in line with the CRA approach, set about establishing regular jobs clubs, and links with external agencies to enhance the opportunities for work and meaningful activity for our clients
8. We commenced a programme of enhancing the horticultural programme within our men’s residential services with a view to growing our own produce and utilising the grounds to maximise its potential. This is well under way.
9. We further developed our relationship with Pavee Point and other minority groups to strengthen the ease of access and inclusivity to all who needed our help.
10. We continue to help other organisations by offering the use of building in Lord Edward Street to; HSE continue to deliver their drug outreach service, CKU deliver their voluntary rehabilitation service for people coming from Eastern Europe and Merchants Quay Ireland.

Coolmine Therapeutic Community’s commitment to those who need our help will continue to remain throughout these difficult economical times, as now more than ever people need our services. However, we do need the support from the government and the wider community to help us continue to turn lives around and allow people the chance to contribute positively to society.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Date
October 2012
Pages
20 p.
Publisher
Coolmine Therapeutic Community
Corporate Creators
Coolmine Therapeutic Community
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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