Turning Point Inc., Hazelden Betty Ford Initiate Collaboration

Sharing knowledge, tools and best practices to improve both organizations' abilities to provide quality, accessible addiction treatment services
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Center City, Minn. (April 8, 2021) – Turning Point Inc., an African American addiction treatment provider with 45 years of experience serving the Twin Cities, and the Minnesota-headquartered Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a force of healing and hope nationally, have initiated a collaborative relationship to share knowledge, tools and best practices and improve both organizations' abilities to provide quality, accessible care to more people.

The two nonprofits announced today that Turning Point, whose culturally-specific, recovery-oriented system of care is based in Minneapolis, has joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network; that the two organizations are consulting and supporting each other on many projects; and that their leaders are exploring additional ways to collaborate long-term as both work to address an addiction and mental health crisis that has grown worse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"After years of  working together on advocacy and various collaborative initiatives and trainings, all of us at Turning Point are excited to take the relationship to a new level on behalf of the individuals, families and communities we both aim to serve," said Peter Hayden, PhD, founder and CEO of Turning Point Inc., which is run by African American leaders and governed by a mostly African American board, and provides culturally-specific substance use disorder treatment, housing, support services and training to adults. "Both organizations have a lot to offer one another, and that makes for an ideal partnership."

"We are already learning a lot from our friends at Turning Point as we seek to build more bridges and broaden Hazelden Betty Ford's banner to reach more people," added Nick Motu, vice president and chief external officer at Hazelden Betty Ford, the nation's largest nonprofit provider of addiction treatment, co-occurring mental health care, recovery resources and related prevention and education services. "Turning Point will continue to be invaluable to our efforts to bolster cultural responsiveness and inclusivity within our system of care, and we're happy to share Hazelden Betty Ford's resources to assist in Turning Point's efforts to expand their continuum of care."

The Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network, launched in 2017 and the first of its kind in the addiction treatment specialty, is comprised of health care providers across the nation working together to expand services, elevate quality and improve patient outcomes. The network includes hundreds of "preferred providers," 20 collaborative members including Turning Point, and two affiliates—Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS in Oklahoma, each of which has a higher-level contractual partnership with Hazelden Betty Ford.

"Addiction is a public health issue so big, so important and so heightened due to the coronavirus pandemic that it requires proactive, long-term collaboration among all who are committed to confronting it, and that's what brings Hazelden Betty Ford and Turning Point together at this critical time," Motu said. "Hazelden Betty Ford is thrilled to welcome Turning Point as our newest collaborative member in the Patient Care Network, and we look forward to exploring affiliate-level opportunities together as well."

"Our shared values and emphasis on quality, integrity and ethics as well as evidence-based care and best practices make for a natural collaboration, and our varied experiences and expertise will allow us to learn from each other through a culturally-specific lens," added Turning Point's Hayden, who will provide the keynote for the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies' virtual commencement this spring. "Together—by expanding community access to treatment and recovery resources, extending our continuums of care, and improving quality and inclusiveness—we will be able to help more people."

About Turning Point Inc.

Turning Point Inc. is an African American agency that provides culturally-specific substance use disorder treatment, housing, support services and training to adults. Our mission is to provide substance use disorder treatment and other key support services to help people achieve wellness and live self-supportive lifestyles. Turning Point was founded to meet the culturally-specific needs of African Americans utilizing a comprehensive, circle-of-sobriety program model.  We have eight facilities in the Twin Cities, including our primary treatment center, a recovery center, a community meeting space, a resource library, two apartment buildings, a low-income family housing site and a "board-and-lodge" site. Turning Point's operations also include a Culturally Specific Service Center, which provides assistance to partners and collaborators such as the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In 2015, the University of Minnesota identified Turning Point's approach to culturally-specific treatment for African Americans as an industry best practice. Learn more at OurTurningPoint.org.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.