Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Local Substance Abuse Center Hires New Executive Director

COCOA, Florida – The Community Treatment Center has named Barbie Thrower as its new executive director.  Thrower, who has a Masters in Psychology and formerly worked for the Brevard County Clerk of the Courts and the Office of the State Attorney, began the job in October 2013.

The Community Treatment Center is the only Level III Residential Substance Abuse Treatment center in Brevard County with a total of 33 beds at two different locations (Cocoa and Titusville). The program provides a therapeutic recovery environment for adult substance abuse to achieve long-term sobriety and stabilization. Enrollees must commit at least six months to rehabilitation.

“My familiarization with the criminal justice system enables me to understand the system and how it works. Some of our residential clients are ordered by the Courts to treatment. Many of our outpatient clients come through our affiliation with the Florida Safety Council and the Brevard County Drug Court Program,” Thrower said.

CTC is funded by the Department of Children and Families and has a grant from the Brevard County Drug Court. It also coordinates with the Florida Safety Council, Circles of Care, Community Based Care of Brevard, and Brevard Health Alliance.  It does not, however, currently receive funding from the United Way.

“It came to my attention that Community Treatment Center was accepting funds in error from the United Way,“ Thrower said.  “I contacted the board members and advised them that it was our obligation to return these funds to them (United Way). We have been paying them back on a monthly basis first, because it is the right thing to do, and second, to keep in good standing with the United Way for future funding.”

Thrower believes more community awareness will benefit CTC and plans to make that a priority in her tenure.

“I want to make people aware of this phenomenal program that has helped many Brevard County residences face their addiction head on and become productive members of society. Getting the word out to assist in funding opportunities is something I am initiating.

“I entered the Community Treatment Center in the Merritt Island Christmas Parade. It was the first time the Community Treatment Center was in this parade. My residents and staff did a remarkable job building our float - “Caterpillars entering the Community Treatment Center metamorphosing into Butterflies”. They were proud to walk in the parade and proud to say they are in recovery. Recovery used to be a stigma. Now it is an honor to request help.”

For more information, contact Thrower at barbiethrower@ctcbrevard.org or go to http://www.communitytreatmentcenter.org/.



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