The Covenant, Inc. Achieves Special Milestone: 25 Years of Helping Youth & Families
On August 1st, 2009, The Covenant Adolescent Chemical Dependency Treatment & Prevention Center, Inc. reached a quarter-century milestone: 25 years of helping youth and their families who are experiencing the problems of substance abuse or chemical dependency. Throughout the past quarter century, this non-profit agency has been dedicated to providing the hope of recovery and the opportunity to lead a drug free lifestyle to children, youth, and their families. The Covenant is the premier provider of high-quality intensive and comprehensive outpatient treatment services to individuals and substance abuse prevention services in Cuyahoga County to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
In 1981, a grass roots effort started with a consortium of West Side churches and social service agencies to respond to the need for chemical dependency treatment services for indigent adolescents in the Cleveland area. Initiated by a planning grant of $15,000 from The Cleveland Foundation, The Covenant opened in August, 1984 as the only urban-based treatment program for indigent adolescents in Ohio, and one of the few such programs in the U.S. It is regarded as a "pioneering effort" and maintains a tradition of commitment, excellence and innovation in continuing activities, efforts and success in working with children, adolescents, and families in the urban community.
Over this last quarter century, The Covenant has remained committed to helping youth break the devastating and tragic downward spiral of substance abuse, chemical dependency, or dual diagnosis – the vicious combination of chemical dependency with mental health issues. Thousands of teens have begun their journey of recovery at The Covenant. Past clients of the agency’s programs are working in skilled trades, have earned university degrees, serving in the military, working as police officers, and are now productive, healthy, and raising families of their own. Thousands more have been served by the agency’s community substance abuse prevention services and avoided the grasp of substance abuse and chemical dependency.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, each youth lost to a life of drugs and crime costs a community $3 to $6 million over the lifetime of that youth including criminal costs, drug abuse, lost wages and productivity.* The goal of The Covenant is to stop this downward spiral in its early stages. A modest investment in turning kids’ lives around can pay significant dividends in economic as well as human terms.
The Covenant is located in the restored McGuffey School Building, 1515 West 29th Street near Detroit Avenue in historic Ohio City. For information about the disease of addiction and the promise of treatment and recovery, please call us at 216-574-9000 or visit www.the-covenant.org. The Covenant is a non-profit agency that assists children, adolescents and their families who are addressing chemical dependency and mental health problems, so that they have the opportunity to pursue a happy, healthy and productive lifestyle. The Covenant pursues this mission by providing high-quality, comprehensive and intensive treatment and prevention services to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
∗Cohen, M.A. and Piquero, A.R. (March 2009). New Evidence on the Monetary Value of Saving a High Risk Youth . Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Vol. 25, Iss.1. 25-49. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=248822 Anniversary 1984-200925th
The Covenant is a leading provider of chemical dependency and dual diagnosis (the combination of chemical dependency and mental health issues) treatment and assessment services for adolescents as well as prevention services for children from pre-school ages through high school. We are a non-profit organization, certified by the State of Ohio to provide services.
Our mission is to assist children, adolescents and their families who are addressing chemical dependency and mental health problems, so that they have the opportunity to pursue a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle. The Covenant pursues this mission by providing high quality, comprehensive and intensive treatment and prevention services to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
Why We Are Here
The Covenant opened in 1984, as one of only a handful of urban-based adolescent treatment programs in the country. We set out to help youth become drug and alcohol free, regardless of their ability to pay for services. Since then, we have helped thousands of young people recover from chemical dependency and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.
What We Do
The Covenant provides comprehensive Day Treatment Programs specifically designed for teens and their families. Through a combination of public and private funding, we are able to offer services with no financial barriers for clients. A sliding fee scale, with services provided at no cost to those who qualify, makes treatment readily accessible to all in need.
The Day Treatment Programs and subsequent Aftercare and Continuing Care Programs, focus on assisting the young person to become chemically free, while also meeting other developmental needs. Important elements of recovery include active participation in a Twelve Step self-help group, a strong peer-based support system, and the involvement of family.
In addition to the Day Treatment Programs, The Covenant provides Assessments for chemical dependency and dual diagnosis (the challenging combination of chemical dependency and mental health issues). Our three Prevention Programs serve to help children avoid chemical dependency and other harmful behaviors later in life.
A Part of the Whole...
The Covenant is supported as a contract agency of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Cuyahoga County and maintains contracts and referral agreements with the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and many other health and human service organizations. We are a participating agency of United Way Services.