Engaging, Motivating and Providing Options within Recovery for Veterans (EMPOWR)

The Engaging, Motivating and Providing Options Within Recovery (EMPOWR) Project is a local Recovery Oriented System of Care dedicated to providing integrated evidence-based substance abuse treatment, transitional housing, and supportive services with a focus on homeless veterans with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders in Tucson, AZ.

Funding:  SAMHSA grant supports the project; Old Pueblo Community Services contract to CABHP for training/technical assistance & evaluation services.

Partners:  Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS).

Program Description: The EMPOWR project’s goal is to expand services to improve the quality of life for homeless veterans in Tucson, Arizona.  Through the EMPOWR program, OPCS provides services and/or linkages to service providers for eligible veterans in the following areas: housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and primary care health services.  The program model is based on building local recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC) with peer-delivered supportive services as primary components for outreaching, engaging and providing continuing care to program participants and their families.  CABHP provides training, technical assistance and evaluation services to the EMPOWR project.

CABHP's Role: To provide training/technical assistance & evaluation services.

Principal Investigator: Michael Shafer, Ph.D.

Project Managers:  Evaluation - Margaret Camarena, Ph.D.; Training/TA - Vicki Staples, M.Ed.

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