Local leaders celebrate Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center

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Maureen Beauregard, Dick Anagnost, Mayor Joyce Craig and Executive Councilor Ted Gatsas were among the  local leaders on Wilson Street to celebrate the addition of Catholic Medical Center to the Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center – Photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. – On Thursday, a wide assortment of local dignitaries and mental health leaders gathered to celebrate the Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center.

Located at the corner of Wilson Street and Valley Street in the former Hoitt Furniture building, the Center now combines four separate social service agencies to coordinate assistance for Manchester’s most vulnerable citizens.

Purchased by AutoFair CEO Andy Crews and real estate developer Dick Anagnost in October of 2016, the building was first occupied by Hope for New Hampshire Recovery a few weeks later, followed by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester in 2017, Families in Transition – New Horizons in 2018 and Catholic Medical Center’s Wilson Street Integrated Health Center just last month.

Thursday’s open house officially opened the Catholic Medical Center facility, one of three in Manchester created by the hospital for homeless and other marginalized populations.

“This first-of-its-kind facility is just what our community needs to help address the rise in substance use and mental health disorders,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition – New Horizons. “Our Willows Substance Use Treatment Center and Recovery Housing has grown exponentially physically and operationally in this space.”

During the first six months of 2019, the facility provided substance use treatment to over 250 people and provided recovery housing to 76.

In statements prior to a ribbon cutting for the now four-fold Recovery and Treatment Center, praise was given for the wide array of coordination and cooperation needed to grow the facility to what it is today.

“The Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center is a prime example of what can be accomplished when private organizations, community leaders, public officials and individuals work together toward a common goal and vision,” said Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig. “By having multiple resources available in one place, we are able to lower the barriers for individuals seeking care.”

The Wilson Street Integrated Health Center joins Hope for New Hampshire Recovery on the first floor, with Families in Transition – New Horizons occupying the second and third floors of the building and the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester’s Mobile Crisis Response Team occupying the fourth floor.