Individuals who struggle with substance use disorders face more barriers to treatment than individuals with any other health issue. This is due to the stigma associated with substance use disorders in the health community and its behavioral impact on those diagnosed with them. Break Free aims to remove the financial barrier that accompanies substance use disorders by offering access to free substance use treatment through our treatment partners.
Our scholarship program allows marginalized and under-served groups the opportunity to access top-tier, evidence-based, extended-care treatment at no to low cost. We determine eligibility for the scholarship program through a number of different factors but mainly focus on low-income individuals with access to Medicaid/Medicare or with no insurance.
History of the Scholarship Program
The Break Free Foundation seeks to aid individuals and families struggling with their mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders, to find viable, quality treatment through tools and resources, education, support, harm reduction, and advocacy. We aid individuals seeking recovery through the Break Free scholarship fund which sends anyone who lacks the financial resources to attend a recovery center to do so at no cost to them.
In 2022 we sent 15 individuals to a recovery center through our two scholarship offerings: one is a general offering that anyone seeking recovery can apply to through our collaboration with 10,000 Beds, and the other one is the Sergeant Tyler Memorial fund for veterans and active service members to attend a treatment facility.
In 2023, we aim to expand our scholarships to include an offering to aid individuals in seeking behavioral health services, as well as to double our scholarship offerings.
Our Treatment Partners
The Break Free Foundation offers low to no cost recovery scholarships. For individuals who have insurance (i.e. Medicaid or Medicare), that is where the low-cost portion comes in where they would pay a co-pay through their insurance provider for access to outpatient programs. For the no-cost portion, we provide free substance use treatment by partnering directly with treatment providers.
Inpatient Treatment Partners:
We have partnered with the Recovery Centers of America's South Amboy campus to offer 30 days of inpatient treatment for any resident within the 50 States of the United States of America.
Outpatient Treatment Partners:
For residents of New Jersey, RCA offers 30 days of outpatient treatment. Residents of New York, they can attend outpatient services from Realization Center for 120 days. Realization Center offers a comprehensive full-service, chemical dependency outpatient treatment center.
The Center, one of the oldest and largest in New York City, has offered all levels of care from intensive outpatient treatment to individualized group therapy for the past 34 years.
Shoreline Recovery is ideally situated on the CT shoreline and is centrally located between New Haven and Hartford, and all of our homes are located less than two hours from Boston and New York City. This allows for access to many local resources including a large variety of academic institutions, volunteer options, and vocational opportunities.
We offer safe, healthy environments for people where collaborative community networking is emphasized. Our homes offer the opportunity to live in a peaceful and quiet shoreline setting while focusing on recovery. We are a recommended choice for sober housing in the New Haven area.
Behavioral Health Services:
Moodfit is an online app that provides a comprehensive set of customizable tools like journals, breathing exercises, and more. They are offering 60 days of use of their app at no cost.
Rootd offers coping skills for individuals who suffering from panic attacks and anxiety attacks. They are offering reducing prices for the use of their coping skills app.