Threshold to Recovery specializes in
socialization, peer support
Three community designed peer support programs, Recovery in
Community, Dee’s Pace and Penn North, make up the Threshold
to Recovery project participating centers. Threshold sites
are open during non-traditional hours, are staffed by
professional and peer counselors, and provide a welcoming
open door setting in which recovery is supported.
Participants do not need to meet any qualifications to
History: In July
of 2005, Baltimore Substance abuse Systems received an award
from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Local Initiative
Funding Partners program to coordinate enhanced recovery
support services at three Threshold to Recovery centers.
Funding received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s
Local Initiative Funding Partners program has been matched
by four Baltimore-based foundations. Those foundations
include the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, the Annie E.
Casey Foundation, the Abell Foundation, and the
The projects present goals are to offer recovery support
services in a welcoming environment to people at any stage
of the recovery process. This includes people who are
contemplating addiction treatment, those who are in
treatment, and those who have completed a treatment program
and seek on-going recovery support. The project also seeks
to implement a barcoding system that will generate data as
to the attendance of unduplicated numbers of participants.
• October of 2005 the project began its implementation of
enhanced services with Penn North Neighborhood Center
offering extended hours throughout the week.
• Project received a grant for $87,000 from the Center for
Substance Abuse Prevention.
• The Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and
Prevention awarded the project a one year grant in the
amount of $60,000.
• The Baltimore City Health Department awarded the project
an ongoing annual award of $140,000.
• In May 2007 the project began implementation of barcoding
system in an effort to obtain an unduplicated count of
participants using Threshold services.
• Project has administered Annual Participant Surveys that
has enabled project to obtain a yearly snapshot of
• Peer and Professional Substance Abuse Counseling
• Drop in Recovery Support Services 7-day pr week
• On-site 12-step self-help fellowship meetings
• Health & Wellness services such as Tai Chi, auricular
acupuncture, HIV education
• Referral to alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs
• Referral to medical, mental health, housing, employment
and other services