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Harder helps land $950K grant to address Manteca substance abuse

A $950,000 federal grant will help Community Medical Centers open a Manteca Recovery Center aimed at helping people dealing with substance abuse get off the street.

Congressman Josh Harder, R-Tracy, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced  the funding on Wednesday.

It will help Community Medical Centers build out the Manteca Recovery Center and provide a larger range of services including substance abuse treatment, housing placement, mental health services, and counseling. 

The funding was secured in part on the fact since 2017, the number of people experiencing homelessness in San Joaquin County increased by 60 percent.

Opioid overdoses have also been rising in the county. San Joaquin County saw 138 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2021.

“Our community is in dire need of more services that get to the root of these problems which makes this investment even more timely,” Harder said. “This funding is going directly to getting folks off the streets, back on their feet, and healthy.”

 The full list of expanded services the grant will help make possible includes: 

*Outpatient counseling

*Medication Assisted Treatment  

*Day sobering services

*Integrated mental health and trauma treatment

*Ongoing case management

*Placement into residential housing programs

*Connection to other services in the community utilizing collaborative partnerships

 “The Manteca Recovery Center marks the growth of our recovery services, which began with the opening of our Stockton Recovery Center in 2018 and our Respite Center in 2022," said Christine Noguera, CEO at Community Medical Centers.

 “We are building upon a model of care where substance use screening and treatment are offered side-by-side with primary care. This will improve access to much-needed services in Manteca and lower the stigma associated with seeking help. We are grateful for the support and advocacy from Rep. Harder and his staff.”  

 Founded in 1968, the Stockton-based nonprofit has 25 service locations such as health clinics, specific wellness centers, respite centers and such in San Joaquin County as well as five mobile clinics.

Most are in Stockton with four each in Lodi and Tracy with one clinic location in Manteca in the 200 block of Cottage Avenue.

The non-profit also has locations in Vacaville and Dixon

In a typical year, they have more than 100,000 patient visits.

The centers overall employ 850 people.

In January 2021, Community Medical Centers, opened its first respite center in downtown Stockton.

The structure on North Stanislaus Street shelters people coming out of substance abuse who don’t have a place to stay. Patients stay for as long as 14 days in one of 17 beds on site: 8 female beds, 8 male beds, and 1 bed for special cases.