smart recovery republic of ireland 2015 update
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Updates from Ireland
In the beginningBCAT identified a need to offer an alternative to traditional 12 step programmes.BCAT staff - facilitator training through the USA & start first group in March 2013 in Bray.There are now 5 SMART Recovery meetings in Bray
Establishing SMART in Ireland2014 BCAT produced a report on the process & outcomes of establishing SMART Recovery in Bray.
BCAT enter into a licence agreement with SMART in the USA to establish SMART in Ireland.
Establishing SMART in Ireland3 year Development Plan agreed.
End of 2014 funding secured from the National Addiction Training Programme (NATP) and the Horizon Fund (Philanthropic Organisation)
Developments in 2015National Steering Group: key stakeholders (statutory and voluntary) established to oversee the PilotExternal Evaluator: report on the process and outcomes of the Pilot throughout the duration of the programmeDevelopment Worker Training programme in place
through SMART in the USA
The PilotPurposeTo train front line workers to kick-start meetings in their areasTo work with those front line workers to work to a plan which will see those meetings handed over to peers
The Pilot continuedAddiction services invited to participate in the pilot through expression of interest.30 services currently involved in the Pilot across the following areas:
Dublin (17), Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, Carlow, Wexford (13)
Current situation: July - Now31 people have completed the online training27 have completed face to face element of the training and are ready to establish their meetingBy end October - 11 new meetings started in Dublin
Teen ProgrammeThere will be 1 teen meeting in Cork by end September
Dublin will have 1 teen meeting by Christmas which involves the coming together of 4 teen service providers
Next Steps24 people are now enrolled on online trainingNext one day
training in October A further 55-60 people will be trained by December 2015
Next Steps -continuedDevelopment Worker (Dee) will work with all trained facilitators to establish their meetingsWill support them as they commence and throughout the yearWill provide peer support groups to ensure fidelity to the model
Outcome of Pilot - 2016May 2016 - 25 new SMART MeetingsReport on the process & the outcomes of the Pilot will be complete & launchedThe hope is to leverage future funding the rest of the Development Plan
The Future This plan aims to see SMART established as an organisation by 2018.Own governing structureEstablishment of 100 new meetingsStrategic plan in place for growth from 2018-2021 and funding secured.