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Renee’s Project provides permanent housing and links to community-based recovery services and other supportive services for homeless women with minor children, who wish to recover from substance addiction and desire to reintegrate into the community as productive members. The Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse Programs (DSAP) Renee’s Project works with the Bernalillo County Housing Department and affiliate partner programs in providing comprehensive community-based case management services as a supportive liaison to the continuum of care for addiction treatment.
Women applying to Renee’s Project must meet the HUD definition of homeless and have alcohol or substance abuse addiction disorders. To be considered for admission, the client must have proof of a diagnosed substance abuse disorder OR verification of other disability plus verification of substance abuse history. Women must be clean and sober at the time of interview and admission. If applicant is not sober at time of interview, applicant’s application will not be processed until the applicant can successfully complete the interview. After successful completion of DSAP’s interview and screening the application will be sent to the Housing Department for processing. Women must have minor children within her custody in order to be accommodated. If the client does not currently have children in her custody, the client must provide a letter from CYFD verifying that children will be placed into the home permanently with the client within thirty (30) days. Also required is a willingness to participate in the self-sufficiency portion of Renee’s Project. In general, women are recommended for entry into the program after completion of the following Department of Substance Abuse Programs: Addiction Treatment Program MDC/Aftercare or Supportive Aftercare Transitional Housing. However, women who are participating in other community-based substance abuse treatment programs will also be considered.
Participants in Renee’s Project are provided with rental assistance vouchers for themselves and their minor children. Participants are responsible for a portion of their rent. Case management services are provided by DSAP at no cost.
Administration staff for Renee’s Project are located at 5901 Zuni, SE, a couple of blocks east of San Mateo. Housing for clients is scattered throughout the County.
No. The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records maintained by DSAP programs is protected by federal law and regulations (per 42 CFR Part 2). Generally, program staff may not disclose to a person outside the program that a client attends the program, or disclose any information identifying a client as an alcohol or drug abuser unless: The client consents in writing (signed release of information (ROI) on file); the disclosure is allowed by a court order, including a search warrant; the disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to designated and qualified staff for research, audit, or program evaluation. Upon request by the client, discharge summaries or letters of completion may be given to the client and the client may then share copies of these items at their discretion. Absolutely no information pertaining to clients may be released over the phone. If someone besides Department of Substance Abuse staff inquires as to whether a person is in Renee’s Project, inquires about the person’s progress, asks about past participation in Renee’s Project, or asks any other questions about Renee’s Project clients, the standard answer will be that staff can neither confirm nor deny the person’s presence at Renee’s Project.