Central City Concern Expands Services in Outer Southeast Portland
September 30, 2013 – On Monday, October 7th, from 3 to 6 p.m., Central City Concern will welcome peer organizations, referral sources, friends and neighbors at its eastside offices that is home to two critical programs for the area. Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack will join the open house. Two programs are:
Eastside Concern, the new name for the program formerly known as the Southeast Portland Change Point program. The name has changed, but the program is owned and operated by Central City Concern and was added to the agency in 2012.
Eastside Concern provides outpatient alcohol and drug treatment services which fulfill treatment requirements for individuals referred due to Driving while Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), or involvement with the Department of Health Services (DHS) or the Department of Criminal Justice (DCJ). In addition Eastside Concern has a treatment program for domestic violence perpetrators. Recently, Eastside Concern has added culturally specific treatment services for African Americans. Services that are not covered by insurance are offered on a sliding fee scale. Eastside Concern serves approximately 900 people yearly.
Puentes is a culturally specific addiction and mental health program serving Latino adults, teens and families and was established in 2005 and serves more than 100 families yearly. Staff members are bilingual and bicultural. Individuals have access to recovery mentors for added support. Case management is offered to assist in coordinating other supports such as primary care and housing.
Central City Concern’s mission is providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. It serves approximately 13,000 people yearly with healthcare, housing, peer support and employment in the Portland metro area.