Chrysalis House has a proven record of sustaining programs, obtaining and managing funds from a variety of sources, and meeting the needs of clients and the community. The next challenge on our horizon is obtaining CARF accreditation to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid billing changes.
Lisa Minton, MPA, has spent the past 20 years working to improve the lives of people in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. During her tenure with the Administrative Office of the Courts, Lisa recognized the impact of substance abuse on the criminal justice system and the opportunity for the courts to be part of the solution to this problem. She was the statewide manager of Kentucky’s Drug Courts program from its inception in July 1996. After developing the Fayette Drug Court, she very successfully worked with community partners to take the model across the state to over half the counties in the Commonwealth.
Recognized for her commitment to the specialized treatment needs of women and their children, Lisa became the executive director of Chrysalis House, Inc. in January 2003. Since that time, Lisa has implemented research-based treatment modalities, emphasized vocational education and training, and focused on parenting and services to the entire family. Over 200 women and their children are served each year. The Children’s Program recently received a third star from STARS for Kids Now, a voluntary rating program that goes above standard licensing requirements for child care facilities.
In addition, Lisa was instrumental in the construction of an 18,000 square foot community center, a 14-bed transitional living facility for women and their children, and the complete renovation of the 24-bed and the 14-bed transitional living facilities. With Lisa’s leadership and approximately 40 employees and 30 board members, Chrysalis House continues to grow and to add necessary programs to address the entire scope of issues women bring with them to treatment. Lisa’s latest initiative resulted in Supportive Housing Opportunities for Women to extend the continuum of care to financial literacy, credit counseling, and home ownership.
Lisa is a member of the Fayette Circuit Family Court Advisory Council, the Fayette Model Court Steering Committee, the Kentucky Substance Abuse Epidemiology Work Group, and the Kentucky Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies. She was named one of the 2011 Women Leading Central Kentucky by Smiley Pete Publishing and Women Leading Kentucky, She was awarded the 2001 Kentucky Department of Substance Abuse Straus Award for Advocacy/Volunteer Service in Substance Abuse Treatment. She received the 2010 Collaborative Partner of the Year Award from the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health. She also received the 2009 Michael E. Townsend Outstanding Leadership Award at the Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. She is a former board member of Faces & Voices of Recovery (2009-2011). Lisa has co-authored six peer-reviewed journal articles and served as a SAMHSA grant reviewer and presenter. Lisa represented Kentucky in a month-long 1990 Rotary Group Study Exchange to England. She was also the winner of a 1987 Yugo Hands-On Marathon in Springfield, Illinois.
Substance dependant women who enter Chrysalis House generally range in age from 24-38, though women as young as 18 may be admitted with no maximum age. Generally, the women are low-income, have limited education and job experience, have backgrounds which include victimization, have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions, and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Many are pregnant or postpartum and have limited access to health services.
Substance abuse is highly correlated with violence against women as both a contributing factor as well as a debilitating effect. The Domestic Violence Program fits within the Chrysalis House philosophy of a holistic treatment approach and provides a unique and significant role within the state and country, allowing for education and empowerment, as well as safety and sobriety to be addressed.
Vocational Services:Each client is assessed on job interest and aptitude so she can be matched with a job that fits her skill set. Chrysalis House provides placement assistance, and has a strong relationship with area employers.
Increased Skills or Income:
Wellness programming for substance dependent women is imperative for overall recovery. Women are typically admitted into Chrysalis House in a debilitated emotional and physical state, often with few life skills. Chrysalis House will provide the necessary medical and dental care. In addition, the women will be offered a chance to engage, grow and thrive through cultural activities, they will become educated about proper nutrition and given the opportunity to cook with fresh fruits and vegetables, they will reap the benefits of exercise and relaxation techniques, and they will partake in gardening activities which foster a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Chrysalis House offers an After School Program and Summer Day Camp for the children whose mothers are currently residing on-site and undergoing substance abuse treatment or are graduates of the program. Chrysalis Children’s program serves elementary school age (5-11) children. The Children’s program places emphasis on cultural, educational, and prevention activities for the high risk children that attend. The facility is licensed as a Type I childcare center and also participates in STARS for Kids Now, a voluntary childcare rating program that indicates a level of quality that surpasses minimum state licensing requirements.
NOTE: Long-Term goals cannot be measured until children reach late adolescence or adulthood.
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