Medicaid rules could lead to closure of Hope House, other drug treatment centers

aired on wmar abc2News - MARCH 02, 2015

A heroin epidemic is sweeping Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan signed two executive orders just last week, establishing a coordinating council and task force to study the growing problem. At a time when effective addiction treatment is needed more than ever, one of the biggest drug treatment centers in the state is in danger of closing for good...

Hope House could cut beds by more than half: But director vows to stay open in wake of funding cuts

published in the capital gazette - march 02, 2015

The director of Hope House is vowing to do whatever it takes to keep his treatment centers open and is preparing a budget that would more than halve the number of beds.

Peter D'Souza said the number of beds at the Crownsville and Laurel centers could be cut from 87 to 32 because of Medicaid policy changes.

"I have to do this just to stay in business," he said. Hope House provides 21-day detox and mental health programs...

crownsville detox center at risk of closing

Aired on wbaltv - JANUARY 30, 2015

Days after Anne Arundel County leaders declared heroin a public health emergency, there's word that a major treatment center may be in jeopardy of shutting down. Hope House in Crownsville helps, on average, about 1,500 drug and alcohol addicts get treatment, but because of a drop in Medicaid funding, that treatment is in serious jeopardy...

hope house: medicaid changes could close addiction centers

published in the capital gazette - january 30, 2015

The day after County Executive Steve Schuh signed an executive order declaring heroin a public health emergency, the operator of Hope House said changes in Medicaid payments could force him to shut down treatment at two centers devoted to turning around the lives of addicts...