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Right Turn Biz Inc.

 440 Arsenal Street
 Watertown, MA 02472
[P] (781) 6463800 x 103
[F] (781) 6463188
http://www.right-turn.org
[email protected]
Woody Giessmann
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INCORPORATED: 2003
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EIN 14-1880935

LAST UPDATED: 04/14/2016
Organization DBA Right Turn
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

OUR MISSION –Comprehensive treatment and Recovery from all addictions utilizing a kind and gentle approach based in creativity.

OUR VISION – Right Turn aspires to be a national network of recovery communities supported by teams of dedicated professionals. The agency will continue to expand the expert services, evidence based treatment, expressive therapies, creative workshops, and peer to peer support in a comfortable setting. Right Turn will build upon the unique personalized treatment approach envisioned by the founder, Woody Giessmann.

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION –Comprehensive treatment and Recovery from all addictions utilizing a kind and gentle approach based in creativity.

OUR VISION – Right Turn aspires to be a national network of recovery communities supported by teams of dedicated professionals. The agency will continue to expand the expert services, evidence based treatment, expressive therapies, creative workshops, and peer to peer support in a comfortable setting. Right Turn will build upon the unique personalized treatment approach envisioned by the founder, Woody Giessmann.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,490,280.00
Projected Expense $1,603,375.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Services:
  • Intensive Outpatient and Extended Care Housing
  • Medication Assisted Treatment

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Overview

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION –Comprehensive treatment and Recovery from all addictions utilizing a kind and gentle approach based in creativity.

OUR VISION – Right Turn aspires to be a national network of recovery communities supported by teams of dedicated professionals. The agency will continue to expand the expert services, evidence based treatment, expressive therapies, creative workshops, and peer to peer support in a comfortable setting. Right Turn will build upon the unique personalized treatment approach envisioned by the founder, Woody Giessmann.


Background Statement

RIGHT TURN – A CREATIVE PLACE FOR RECOVERY!

Right Turn - A Creative Place For Recovery is a 3 – 6 month extended care program of Intensive Outpatient Program, Extended Care Housing for men, Medication Assisted Treatment Program, and early intervention. The hallmark of Right Turn’s approach is a unique combination of evidence-based treatment and experiential expressive therapies of art, music and writing. We use the arts to help the individual define themselves and build a sustainable life in recovery. We provide a full continuum of Individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, family services, case management, intervention (CIP), and a community of recovery.

Founded by rock drummer of The Del Fuegos, Woody Giessmann, Right Turn is a 501C3 nonprofit agency established in March of 2003 offering an innovative approach to addiction and mental health services. Right Turn’s continuum of care includes psychiatric assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, Extended Housing, and family services – all designed to help a recovering person to build the life skills necessary to live an independent, sober life. Professional help with complementary experimental expressive therapies of music and the arts, our services are designed to compassionately address symptoms of addiction and underlying mental health concerns. We understand that there is no single road to recovery and that our treatment services must be personalized to help individuals find their own way. Right Turn is committed to treating each individual, and their family, with dignity and respect. We have found that our unique approach has its benefits for all. Right Turn is a place where such people and others can undertake treatment of all addictions in an environment which engages their creative capacity as an active use and encouragement of creativity in a newly sober context. We have paired with support groups and self-help programs to provide a 7-day a week creative recovery community.


Impact Statement

1. There is an opiate crisis in Massachusetts and Right Turn is meeting it head on. Working with parents, clients, the political world through legislators and legislation, we have seen the population of those affected become younger and younger.

2. After 12 years of services in Arlington Massachusetts, Right Turn has relocated to Watertown, Massachusetts to increase accessibility to the facilities, to expand our capacity and the ability to provide more services.

3. Right Turn has developed an innovative approach to addiction and mental health services. Right Turn’s continuum of care includes psychiatric assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, residential services, and family services – all designed to help a recovering person to build the life skills necessary to live an independent, sober life. Professional help with complementary experimental expressive therapies of music and the arts, our services are designed to compassionately address symptoms of addiction and underlying mental health concerns.

4. Right Turn has increased family services. We define our success by seeing families get well. We see measurable progress of wellness, strength, independence, and the returns of a healthy family. Our expected outcomes include providing services to an increasing number of people, engaging clients, and increasing the retention rate for the length of stay in treatment.


Needs Statement

Right Turn is seeking $25,000 for expansion of prevention, and educational materials for the treatment for young people between the ages of 18 – 25 for opiate and marijuana use. Right Turn is seeking educational materials, art supplies, and expansion of our musical therapy materials, and trainings to assist in the facilitation of individual and family services.  

Right Turn is seeking scholarship support for individuals, especially the musicians of New Orleans who do not have access to treatment due to limited resources or lack of insurance. A scholarship for a person to attend our program is $8,000 for a 4 week period.

Right Turn is seeking research to demonstrate how arts, music, and expressive therapies are beneficial in the treatment of substance use disorder and related comorbid issues. We are asking to hire a full time staff person at $60,000 to collect measureable outcomes.

Right Turn is seeking to establish an evening program to accommodate individuals who have full-time day employment. This would require additional staff, materials, and administrative costs.

Right Turn is seeking Capital Improvement funds of $180,000 in financial support for the relocation and renovations for clinical services from Arlington to Watertown.


CEO Statement

Right Turn demonstrates an 85% retention rate for individuals completing a minimum of 3 months of treatment. The average has been 26 – 31% for state programs. Right Turn is proud of our ability to engage with individuals, especially the 18 – 25 year old struggling with opiates, to keep them in treatment longer for a better outcome.

The hallmark of Right Turn’s approach is a unique combination of evidence-based treatment and creativity using art, music and writing. We use the arts to help the individual define themselves. We understand that there is no single road to recovery and our services help individuals and families find their own road to recovery.

As a creative person with a history of addiction, I knew that some of the larger obstacles to recovery were the feelings of hopelessness and the fear of not being able to return to a productive, creative lifestyle without drugs or alcohol. I saw the need for a unique new treatment approach that would combine evidence-based treatment and creative expression. The result is Right Turn: an innovative program that offers Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Extended Care Housing in a uniquely creative environment. Anyone with a desire for creative expression, recovery and the support of a kindred community will feel welcome here.

Welcome to Right Turn. We look forward to helping you find your own path to recovery.

Woody Giessmann,
CEO and Founder of Right Turn


Board Chair Statement

Right Turn is an extended care program of Intensive Outpatient Program, Extended Care Housing for men and women, Medication Assisted Treatment Program, and intervention.

I was introduced to Right Turn through a dear friend who suggested I meet Right Turn’s founder, Woody Geissmann. I met Woody in 2008 and was immediately struck by his passion and commitment to serving the segment of our community who suffer from addictions.

While sitting on the board we have been faced with a myriad of challenges however, with dedication and hard work, the agency has continued to grow and prosper. During my first years at Right Turn, we strove to shore up the foundation of the organization through some necessary and strategic hires. We hired a Director of Finance, a Director of Development and a Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. We also strengthened the breadth and depth of the Board bringing professions in the fields of law, real estate, marketing and public relations. Always keeping a keen eye on innovation we modeled a men’s residence based on local needs and then just 2 short years later opened a women’s residence. To broaden access to treatment we established and maintained relationships with most of the major health insurance providers.

Most recently we were faced with the challenge of outgrowing our primary clinical space. The original clinic was housed in 2,600 square feet which severely constrained our ability to best serve our client base. As of June 2015 we are relocating Right Turn to 440 Arsenal St in Watertown, a 4,000 square foot space set in an easily accessible urban setting that is ideal for our client base and has room for future expansion as the program and agency’s needs dictate.

Personally I am extremely impressed with Right Turn and their dedication to their mission and compassion to their clients and those client’s families. Right Turn is truly a mission driven organization.


Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Approximately 75% of our individuals serviced at Right Turn are young people with substance use disorder in the 18 – 25 age groups of opioid or opiate users. While many of our clients come from the Boston or Metro West area of Massachusetts, we have provided treatment for individuals from as far away as New York, Florida, and New Orleans.

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Patient & Family Support
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Addictive Disorders NEC
  3. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Counseling

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Family Services:

At Right Turn, our approach incorporates family coping skills and strategies to ensure a better outcome. We understand that substance use, and other disorders, cause stress, confusion, and anxiety for family members. To address these issues, Right Turn’s family specialist offers an array of services designed to educate family members.

Right Turn facilitates a Bi-Weekly Family Support Group – “It’s A Family Affair”. This support group is for family members seeking professional advice along with peer to peer support.

Monthly Family Workshop: This 3-hour workshop is designed to educate and guide attendees who have a loved one immersed in the complex world of addiction. Via presentation, workbook lecture and group exercises, participants are provided with information essential to healing. Topics include the effects of addiction on brain functioning, the concept of co-dependence, the role of denial and setting healthy boundaries.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Relapse Prevention/Transitional Substance Abuse
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Too often, the families of addicts don’t know where to turn for help. Is a drug addiction rehabilitation center the right approach? Is an alcohol addiction treatment center the answer? At Right Turn, we believe strongly in working with the family. We understand that addiction and substance abuse disorders cause stress, confusion and anxiety for family members. Very often, for instance, the family needs help in understanding opiate addiction and the concept of Suboxone treatment. To assist the family with issues of this kind, Right Turn works with a family specialist to offer an array of services designed to educate family members about addiction and healthy family responses.

Program Long-Term Success 

At Right Turn, our approach incorporates family coping skills and strategies to ensure a better outcome. We understand that substance use, and other disorders, cause stress, confusion, and anxiety for family members. To address these issues, Right Turn’s family specialist offers an array of services designed to educate family members.

Right Turn facilitates a Bi-Weekly Family Support Group – “It’s A Family Affair”. The Family Group meets every other Monday from 7:00PM – 8:30 PM. The Family Support Group is facilitated by Woody Giessmann, CEO and Founder of Right Turn. This support group is for family members seeking professional advice along with peer to peer support. The group addresses coping skills and strategies for families dealing with a loved one in need of treatment, currently in treatment, or post treatment.
Program Success Monitored By 

Drugs and alcohol deprive people of their true sense of self, and self-worth. Individuals lose a perception of themselves as fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, and friends. They start to see themselves only as “bad people”. At Right Turn, rediscovering those lost parts of one’s self is crucial to recovery. And finding one’s own creative voice can support this personal journey. Whether through introspective journaling, or art and music workshops, Right Turn offers a variety of expressive therapies in all of our programs. The importance we place on personal expression is one of the distinguishing features of our program that separates us from most treatment centers, or drug addiction rehab centers. We emphasis using our experiential expressive therapy process to support recovery, address depression, anxiety, trauma and other underlying issues common to substance use disorder. The Right Turn approach is unique, innovative and highly effective.

Examples of Program Success 

How do we measure outcome and provide clear, affective treatment on demand? RIGHT TURN is participating in the research of outcomes and measurable successes of treatment and completion. The expectation of the research is to view our unique clinical approach utilizing engagement and creativity through the implementation of tools to measure treatment success – what is success in addiction and mental health treatment? RIGHT TURN envisions expanding four stages of treatment; outreach, engagement, clinical services, and follow-up.



Intensive Outpatient and Extended Care Housing

Right Turn is a 3 – 6 month early recovery program of Recovery. Individuals attend groups, individual psychotherapy, family services, and psychiatry, as needed, along with addiction education, relapse prevention, and daily creativity workshops unique to our program which ordinary drug addiction rehabilitation centers or alcohol addiction treatment centers are not likely to provide.

Whether an individual is dealing with an opiate addiction, or another chemical dependence, the emphasis is on learning to cope with cravings and urges, understanding a clean and sober lifestyle, managing symptoms of early recovery and building a supportive network in sobriety. It is quite common for people in early recovery to experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADD ADHD and trauma. This makes comprehensive assessment and on-going evaluation by our trained addiction and mental health specialists very important at all stages in the recovery process.

Budget  $3,500,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Right Turn demonstrates an 85% retention rate for individuals completing a minimum of 3 months of treatment. The average has been 26 – 31% for state programs. Right Turn is proud of our ability to engage with individuals, especially the 18 – 25 year old struggling with opiates, to keep them in treatment longer for a better outcome.

Research demonstrates that a person has a 27-times greater chance of staying sober if they have a connection or sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. Right Turn provides a welcoming setting for people to get creative, and participate in every aspect of recovery from substance use disorder.

Program Long-Term Success 

Obviously, continued sobriety is one way to measure success. We feel a part of the recovery process is to set reachable goals and expectations to become a productive member of the community.

Right Turn’s Extended Care Housing is a beautifully renovated historic New England house. Our Extended Care Housing Program provides structure to participants along with addiction counseling, intensive psychotherapy, medication management, family therapy and life skill building. Our goal is to help residents build a clean and sober support network and to develop the skills that are required for sober living.

We find building life skills is both measurable and key when dealing with addiction, the primary focus is on the “how, where and when’s” of “using”. Life becomes a repetitive routine of addiction. For this reason, addicted individuals often lose touch with the ordinary tasks of daily life such as budgeting, housekeeping, self-care and food preparation. 

Program Success Monitored By 

Right Turn demonstrates an 85% retention rate for individuals completing a minimum of 3 months of treatment. The average has been 26 – 31% for state programs. Right Turn is proud of our ability to engage with individuals, especially the 18 – 25 year old struggling with opiates, to keep them in treatment longer for a better outcome.

Research demonstrates that a person has a 27-times greater chance of staying sober if they have a connection or sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. Right Turn provides a welcoming setting for people to get creative, and participate in every aspect of recovery from substance use disorder.

Examples of Program Success 

We measure our success when we see people and their families get well. We know that addiction comes in many forms—from alcohol and chemical dependency to process addictions of gambling, gaming, and sex. Our services are designed to address the underlying issues that lead to destructive coping patterns, and to do this in a compassionate way. We understand that there is no single road to recovery and our addiction treatment services must be personalized to help individuals find their own road to recovery. The research around substance use disorder and related mental health issues demonstrates a better outcome when the brain has had a chance to become healthy again. This is a 3 – 6 month process. In some cases, this may involve medications live Naltrexone or Suboxone treatment for opiate addiction. In addition, Right Turn’s continuum of care includes helping a person in recovery by building new life skills necessary to live an independent, sober life. 


Medication Assisted Treatment

Right Turn provides a one day a week MAT program for people struggling with alcohol, opiate, and other substance use disorders. Right Turn offers pharmacological evaluation, individual therapy, group therapy, and family services. This multi-faceted approach greatly assists clients and families in receiving the best care possible. Along with treatments such as therapy, group therapy, family services, psychiatry and self-help groups, medication has been shown to be useful in reducing drinking or opiate use, and for maintaining sobriety.

Suboxone and Subutex (Buprenorphine), ReVia (Naltrexone), Vivitrol (intramuscular injectable Naltrexone) and Campral (Acamprosate), and psychotropic medications are all used in the successful treatment of substance use disorder. Medication should be considered as an integral part of a comprehensive recovery program that includes also includes structure, counseling, groups and peer-support.

Budget  $300,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Relapse Prevention/Transitional Substance Abuse
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Right Turn demonstrates an 85% retention rate for individuals completing a minimum of 3 months of treatment. The average has been 26 – 31% for state programs. Right Turn is proud of our ability to engage with individuals, especially the 18 – 25 year old struggling with opiates, to keep them in treatment longer for a better outcome.

Research demonstrates that a person has a 27-times greater chance of staying sober if they have a connection or sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. Right Turn provides a welcoming setting for people to get creative, and participate in every aspect of recovery from substance use disorder.

Program Long-Term Success 

Innovative services provided by Right Turn include a full continuum of evidence-based treatment and experiential therapies of music and the arts. Research supports this combination of therapies can be useful in the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety and other related illness common to substance use disorder. Our research demonstrates that clients tend to feel safe, stay in treatment longer, and appreciate access to our professional staff. Our multidisciplinary clinical team is comprised of two psychiatrists, and Internist/Board Registered Addictionologist, psychotherapists, Expressive Therapists, Licensed and Certified Addiction Specialists, Couples and Family Specialists, and an ARISE Certified Family Interventionist.

Program Success Monitored By 

Right Turn provides a one day a week MAT program for people struggling with alcohol, opiate, and other substance use disorders. Right Turn offers pharmacological evaluation, individual therapy, group therapy, and family services. This multi-faceted approach greatly assists clients and families in receiving the best care possible. Along with treatments such as therapy, group therapy, family services, psychiatry and self-help groups, medication has been shown to be useful in reducing drinking or opiate use, and for maintaining sobriety.

Suboxone and Subutex (Buprenorphine), ReVia (Naltrexone), Vivitrol (intramuscular injectable Naltrexone) and Campral (Acamprosate), and psychotropic medications are all used in the successful treatment of substance use disorder. Medication should be considered as an integral part of a comprehensive recovery program that includes also includes structure, counseling, groups and peer-support.

Examples of Program Success 

Whether an individual is dealing with an opiate addiction, or another chemical dependence, the emphasis is on learning to cope with cravings and urges, understanding a clean and sober lifestyle, managing symptoms of early recovery and building a supportive network in sobriety. It is quite common for people in early recovery to experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADD ADHD and trauma. This makes comprehensive assessment and on-going evaluation by our trained addiction and mental health specialists very important at all stages in the recovery process. Helping the addict identify early signs of withdrawal, build coping skills and develop recovery strategies are key parts of the program.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

At Right Turn we strive to offer treatment on demand for our clients and their families.
 
Much of the available research shows us that when a client is prepared to enter into treatment, there is a very small window of opportunity with that individual. If a client is told that they have to return in 24 hours we run a significant risk that client may not return, or will become unwilling to return. The longer an individual has to wait to receive treatment the worse the odds of their returning.
 
Challenges we face in attempting treatment on demand are primarily financial. While we are able to work with a number of insurance companies, the fees can often feel daunting to most individuals and families. 
 
One of our goals as an organization is to have scholarships available for those who are in need. For those who need to work with family members or organize finances to receive services, we would like to be able to offer bridge loans simply to get the individual into treatment as quickly as possible.
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Woody Giessmann
CEO Term Start July 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Woody Giessmann LADC-I, CADAC, CIP, CAI

Woody Giessmann is the CEO and founder of Right Turn – Intensive Outpatient, Medication Assisted Treatment, and an Extended Care Housing Program. Right Turn provides a continuum of evidence-based treatment with complimentary experiential therapies of music and the arts. Woody is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Interventionist who became an addictions specialist in 1993 after his experience as the drummer for the rock band, The Del Fuegos. Woody began as an employee of HOPE HOUSE, a DPH/BSAS program in the South End of Boston. In the following years, he attended The University of Massachusetts for his BA in Human Service Management followed by Suffolk University for a Masters Level Certificate in Community Human Service Management. He worked at The Cambridge Health Alliance, Outpatient Addiction Services (OAS) program where he first met Mark Albanese MD. In 2000, Woody was instrumental in establishing the Cambridge Program of Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT) for DMH, which works with people who have severe and persistent mental health issues. Woody was introduced to Dr. Anne Alonso in 2002, whose philanthropy and encouragement spurred Woody to open Right Turn. Woody trained with Dr. Judith Landau as an ARISE Certified Interventionist. Woody serviced on the Client Advisory Board (CAB) for Michael Botticelli for 5 years starting in 1996, The MOAR Board / Maryanne Frangules since 2008, and appointment as the ethics chairperson for the national Association of Intervention Specialist (AIS) in 2014. Woody was appointed to the Board of Registration in Medicine by Governor Baker as a “Public Seat” member in February 2016. While Woody still enjoys playing music, his creative focus is on landscape and portrait painting.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start Mar 2003
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
CARF International: Day Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)- 3 year --

Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Right Turn demonstrates an 85% retention rate for individuals completing a minimum of 3 months of treatment. The average has been 26 – 31% for state programs. Right Turn is proud of our ability to engage with individuals, especially the 18 – 25 year old struggling with opiates, to keep them in treatment longer for a better outcome.

The hallmark of Right Turn’s approach is a unique combination of evidence-based treatment and creativity using art, music and writing. We use the arts to help the individual define themselves. We understand that there is no single road to recovery and our services help individuals and families find their own road to recovery.

As a creative person with a history of addiction, I knew that some of the larger obstacles to recovery were the feelings of hopelessness and the fear of not being able to return to a productive, creative lifestyle without drugs or alcohol. I saw the need for a unique new treatment approach that would combine evidence-based treatment and creative expression. The result is Right Turn: an innovative program that offers Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Extended Care Housing in a uniquely creative environment. Anyone with a desire for creative expression, recovery and the support of a kindred community will feel welcome here.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 26
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 30
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 20
Male: 14
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Gary Hoffstetter
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Davis Company
Board Chair Term July 2012 - July 2016
Board Co-Chair Mr. Bruce Mittman
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Mittcom
Board Co-Chair Term July 2012 - July 2106

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Matthew Berlin Rubin Rudman Voting
Ms. Gabrielle Dean LICSW Right Turn Voting
Mr. Woody Giessmann Right Turn Voting
Mr George S. Grey Jr. Lexington Toyota --
Mr. Gary Hoffstetter The Davis Companies Voting
Mr Simon Kirke Retired --
Mr. Bruce Mittman Mittcom Voting
Mr. Tim O'Connor Unsure Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

I was been sworn in and appointed to the Board of Registry in Medicine by Governor Charlie Baker February of 20016 to address ongoing challenges that we face in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during the opiate crisis. As a person in recovery and CEO of the agency, I have an overwhelming sense of responsibility to grow this agency and keep the doors of Right Turn open so that individuals and family members can access a high level of clinical services to address the increase of substance use in our community.

Right Turn is committed to providing a continuum of high level, evidence-based services to increase outcomes for individuals in need of treatment. We continue to expand an eclectic approach to complimentary individual and family services to ensure that we are reaching as many people as possible.

On a more global perspective, we hope to utilize our presence in the Commonwealth to reinforce that treatment does work, provide prevention where we can, and advocate for fairness in to the individual seeking treatment by insurance companies and other leaders in the community.

We ask for support in the area of program development and research to better our chances of meeting the growing need for our services. We ask that you join us in our journey of further research to creating a better understanding of substance use as a disorder. We have learned that treatment is most effective in a non-judgement and stigma free environment to improve access to treatment for people who need our help. Treatment works! Treatment on demand! No person should feel alone with the struggles of substance use disorder!

Regards,

Woody Giessmann

CEO and founder

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,490,280.00
Projected Expense $1,603,375.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,092,184 $927,323 $723,980
Total Expenses $1,081,732 $957,045 $663,691

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $134,240 $112,837 $51,090
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $970,956 $812,051 $647,725
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $-13,012 $2,435 $25,165
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $913,226 $787,821 $569,036
Administration Expense $154,977 $143,960 $81,959
Fundraising Expense $13,529 $25,264 $12,696
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 0.97 1.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 82% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 11% 22% 17%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $209,906 $118,002 $197,023
Current Assets $55,553 $60,330 $137,718
Long-Term Liabilities $34,467 $0 $67,367
Current Liabilities $91,734 $43,388 $25,320
Total Net Assets $83,705 $74,614 $104,336

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Right Turn is seeking support for relocation, renovations, and program development to our Watertown clinic after 12 years of services in Arlington MA
Campaign Goal $250,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates June 2015 - June 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $84,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.61 1.39 5.44

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 16% 0% 34%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Over the past 13 years Right Turns philosophy and treatment model has become one of New England’s most respected programs. We are proud of our reputation, staff, and clinical services as a safe and reliable program. Our biggest challenge as a non-profit has been to keep up with the devastation from an opiate crisis along with increased access to other narcotic substances abused by our youth. We have turned our attention to the augmentation of an administrative deficiency. How can Right Turn improve create more effective administrative space and infrastructure?

The goal of our relocation has been to utilize space and improved systems to increased insurance billing and access to treatment. We are asking for support of our Capital Improvement Campaign to build effective administrative systems from the point of entry to ongoing care and alumni. This requires new administrative staff and costs to improve inferior administrative systems.

We ask for your support in improved systems of gathering data, research, and opportunities for documenting our innovative approach. Our program is rich in evidence-based practices with complimentary experiential services of music, art, and holistic approaches to treatment. We are dedicated to best practice and research of how to improve outcomes in a very challenging area of substance use disorder and other related mental health issues.

The Right Turn journey began in 2003 with a small donation by Dr. Anne Alonso Ph.D., director of The Advancement of Psychotherapy at Mass General Hospital. She recognized my desire to create an effective program using all of my experiences of working in the treatment for over the years. Right Turn continues to grow. The numbers have grown over the years along with the challenge to keep up with the increased demand for our services. Please join and support our journey to build a safe and respectful place where individuals and their families can find the help they need.

I thank you in advance for our support!

Regards,

Woody

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

There is an opiate crisis in Massachusetts and Right Turn is meeting it head on. Working with parents, clients, the political world through legislators and legislation, we have seen the population of those affected become younger and younger. The past 2 years our client base has transformed to 18 – 25 year old young men and woman who desperately need services – TO SAVE THEIR LIVES. This is a primary reason that Right Turn moved to larger facilities in a very prominent, accessible location – Watertown. The need for the direct services that Right Turn provides has never been greater or more urgent.

After 12 years of services in Arlington Massachusetts, Right Turn has relocated to Watertown, Massachusetts to increase accessibility to the facilities, to expand our capacity and the ability to provide more services. The new location provides additional space to meet the growing urgent need for services. Right Turn’s goal is to continue to provide members of the community with a safe and welcoming environment for people seeking help with addictions and other related disorders. There are over 20 million people in the United States that require services for an addiction. We respectfully request your assistance with program expansion and capital improvements to our new location at 440 Arsenal Street in Watertown.

A 501C3 nonprofit agency founded in March of 2003, Right Turn offers an innovative approach to addiction and mental health services. Right Turn’s continuum of care includes psychiatric assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, residential services, and family services – all designed to help a recovering person to build the life skills necessary to live an independent, sober life. Professional help with complementary experimental expressive therapies of music and the arts, our services are designed to compassionately address symptoms of addiction and underlying mental health. We understand that there is no single road to recovery and that our treatment services must be personalized to help individuals find their own way. Right Turn is committed to treating each individual, and their family, with dignity and respect. We have found that our unique experiential approach of evidence-based practices incorporating arts and music has its benefits for all. We have paired with support groups, self-help programs, along with a Saturday Night Sober Café open to the public for music and comedy to provide a 7-day a week creative recovery community.

Right Turn is a 3 – 6 month extended care program of Intensive Outpatient Program, Extended Care Housing for men and women, Medication Assisted Treatment Program, and early intervention. The hallmark of Right Turn’s approach is a unique combination of evidence-based treatment and experiential expressive therapies of art, music and writing. We use the arts to help the individual define themselves and build a sustainable life in recovery. We provide a continuum of Individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, family services, case management, intervention (CIP), and a community of recovery.

Our capital improvements and renovation project allowed us to expand from 2,400 sq. feet in our Arlington location with 6 therapy offices and two group rooms to a 3,900 sq. foot, state of the art facility in the Watertown renovated Watertown location. Renovations provided additional administrative space to increase our infrastructure for reception, clinical records, and finances with an additional 12 therapy offices, 4 group rooms for clinical services. Our new location provides easy access by public transportation with access to local restaurants and Watertown Center.

We define our success by seeing families get well. We see measurable progress of wellness, strength, independence, and the returns of a healthy family. Our expected outcomes include providing services to an increasing number of people, engaging clients, and increasing the retention rate for the length of stay in treatment.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Traditional behavioral health settings have often found the treatment of addiction difficult, even as the population in need of effective treatment has grown. Even seasoned mental health providers sometimes feel that addicts bring a burden of destruction, pain, and hopelessness which makes the prospect of treating them seem overwhelming. However, I believe such hopelessness is quite misplaced. By using music and the arts, Motivational Interviewing and--most of all--hope, Right Turn has been able to address many of the typical difficulties drug treatment programs encounter: trouble keeping clients in treatment long enough for it to help, high relapse rates, and the reluctance of family members to engage in treatment. We have rediscovered something we always knew: that if you treat clients with respect and acceptance, they stay in treatment. If they stay in treatment they get better. And they stay better.

Addiction treatment has failed to keep pace with the rapid rise of substance abuse among young adults, especially for prescription opiates and heroin. Treatment programs are often underfunded, brief, swamped, and though well-intentioned, don’t always use evidence-based models. Engaging and retaining clients long enough for recovery to take hold can be very difficult, resulting in relapses with the consequent loss of hope.

Additionally, creativity and addiction often go together: artists often use substances both to create and to perform. Drugs and alcohol are more widely available in performance settings, and their use is more widely accepted.

Right Turn is an agency with residential and IOP programming lasting three to six months, designed for early recovery and outpatient programs for longer term treatment. The agency integrates the arts into evidence-based treatment.

Originally designed for performers, Right Turn now welcomes anyone who believes that a creative approach to recovery may be beneficial. We treat both men and women, aged 18 to 80, though our typical client is a musician between 19 and 22, addicted to opiates. Our clients, who come from all over the U.S., present at all levels of readiness for change and have been in trouble with any or many of the drugs of abuse, most commonly alcohol, opiates, MDMA, and marijuana.

Like most IOP’s, Right Turn’s offers individual and group treatment and family counseling. Motivational Interviewing is the basis for most clinical interventions by using empathy, creating discrepancy in the clients’ belief system, avoiding confrontation, rolling with their resistance and supporting their self-efficacy. For example, we consider ambivalence and relapse as part of recovery, therefore not grounds for discharge. We know that retention leads to success in the treatment of substance use disorder and we have found over the past 6 years of IOP services that we have an 85 percent completion rate for client’s completing a 3 – 5 months course of treatment, with families often staying involved for a longer time.

Creative expression is a fundamental component of our structure. Creative groups take place daily, focused on music, the graphic arts and writing. Instruments are everywhere, and music is often spontaneously played in the common area. A weekly sober performance called “Right Turn Live!” is open to the public, but most importantly an opportunity for clients and alumni to perform without the use of substances (often for the first time). Our emphasis on using artistic creation and performance to support recovery is unique, and has proven to be highly effective.

After clients complete the program, they are encouraged to stay in touch. Alumni groups are offered daily, as is a larger weekly “Artists in Recovery” group. Right Turn Live! is also well-attended by alumni. Our non-judgmental attitude towards relapse has also encouraged former clients to turn to us if needed.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

After 12 years of services in Arlington Massachusetts, Right Turn has relocated to Watertown, Massachusetts to increase accessibility to the facilities, to expand our capacity and the ability to provide more services. The new location provides additional space to meet the growing urgent need for services. Right Turn’s goal is to continue to provide members of the community with a safe and welcoming environment for people seeking help with addictions and other related disorders. Right Turn has served thousands of clients and families in 2015 by providing relief to these individuals and families. We are seeking expansion of our program to our new location at 440 Arsenal Street in Watertown, and will be able to continue this important work.

Our capital improvements and renovation project allowed us to expand from 2,400 sq. feet in our Arlington location with 6 therapy offices and two group rooms to a 3,900 sq. foot, state of the art facility in the Watertown renovated Watertown location. Renovations provided additional administrative space to increase our infrastructure for reception, clinical records, and finances with an additional 12 therapy offices, 4 group rooms for clinical services. Our new location provides easy access by public transportation with access to local restaurants and Watertown Center.

We goal is to increasing number of people in our IOP level of care from 16 to 24 individuals a day, increasing our MAT Program from 10 to upwards of 30 individuals a week, potentially tripling our ability and infrastructure for Outpatient services, engaging clients who have not been successful in treatment before, and increasing the retention rate for the length of stay in treatment.

Right Turn has always managed to provide a high level of clinical services at an affordable rate. We have developed a relationship with BCBS to establish an in-network agreement for our services. We hope to expand our relations with Tufts Health and other private insurances to increase accessibility to treatment. One way of providing support to individuals who lack insurance benefits or have financial struggles is to seek the support of MusiCares/Grammy Foundation and Recovery Circles Foundation for ongoing scholarship support. We can access funding on a limited basis for individuals seeking our level of care and expedite the intake process.

Woody Giessmann CEO of Right Turn was appointed and sworn in by Governor Baker on February 29th, 2016 to the Board of Registration in Medicine. We hope that this will lead to further support by the Commonwealth as a part of the opiate initiative. Additionally, we have received support for our Capital Development Funds Campaign from The Hamilton Foundation, Athena Health Group, The Costello Family Foundation, The Anne Alonso Family Foundation and Advancement of Psychotherapy, as well as The Ohio Jewish Federation.

Right Turn and Berklee College of Music have teamed up this year for The 11th Annual SuperGroup Concert to benefit RIGHT TURN. This collaboration is to destigmatize and engage with the younger generation while building awareness and scholarship funds for students in need of substance abuse treatment. Previous years have featured the likes of Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers, Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon Kirke of Bad Company who have participated in support of RIGHT TURN services’ partnership with Berklee College of Music. This collaboration with Berklee College of Music and the Conservatory School of Dance is to benefit RIGHT TURN services with an expected net is $25,000 which will be donated to RIGHT TURN for the purpose of scholarships to Berklee students. RIGHT TURN is expanding our capacity to provide our services and appreciate the support of Berklee College of Music to improve access to services upon demand for students who are ready for help.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We measure our success when we see people and their families get well. We know that addiction comes in many forms—from alcohol and chemical dependency to process addictions of gambling, gaming, and sex. Our services are designed to address the underlying issues that lead to destructive coping patterns, and to do this in a compassionate way. We understand that there is no single road to recovery and our addiction treatment services must be personalized to help individuals find their own road to recovery. The research around substance use disorder and related mental health issues demonstrates a better outcome when the brain has had a chance to become healthy again. this is a 3 – 6 month process. In some cases, this may involve medications live Naltrexone or Suboxone treatment for opiate addiction. In addition, Right Turn’s continuum of care includes helping a person in recovery by building new life skills necessary to live an independent, sober life. In some cases, Right Turn’s services include offering a recovering individual the safety of Extended Care Housing, sober mentoring and a sense of belonging. At Right Turn provides much needed structure and an opportunity to develop a personalized addiction treatment plan.

Obviously, continued sobriety is one way to measure success. We feel a part of the recovery process is to set reachable goals and expectations to become a productive member of the community.

Right Turn’s Extended Care Housing is a beautifully renovated historic New England house. Our Extended Care Housing Program provides structure to participants along with addiction counseling, intensive psychotherapy, medication management, family therapy and life skill building. Our goal is to help residents build a clean and sober support network and to develop the skills that are required for sober living.

We find building life skills is both measurable and key when dealing with addiction, the primary focus is on the “how, where and when’s” of “using”. Life becomes a repetitive routine of addiction. For this reason, addicted individuals often lose touch with the ordinary tasks of daily life such as budgeting, housekeeping, self-care and food preparation. Right Turn services are much more than simply an alcohol addiction treatment center. Right Turn offers many opportunities to bring creativity into the recovery process. Guests find a supportive environment in which to express individual creativity and to feel part of a vital, creative community.

We are skilled in treating a wide range of addictions. Suboxone and Subutex (Buprenorphine), ReVia (Naltrexone), Vivitrol (intramuscular injectable Naltrexone) and, Campral (Acamprosate), and psychotropic medications are all used in the successful treatment of substance use disorder. Right Turn physicians can provide supervised induction stabilization, maintenance and taper, if desired or indicated. Research supports better outcomes when Suboxone treatment is offered within a highly structured outpatient program which includes family therapy.

Whether an individual is dealing with an opiate addiction, or another chemical dependence, the emphasis is on learning to cope with cravings and urges, understanding a clean and sober lifestyle, managing symptoms of early recovery and building a supportive network in sobriety. It is quite common for people in early recovery to experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADD ADHD and trauma. This makes comprehensive assessment and on-going evaluation by our trained addiction and mental health specialists very important at all stages in the recovery process. Helping the addict identify early signs of withdrawal, build coping skills and develop recovery strategies are key parts of the program. Along with treatments such as therapy, group therapy, family services, psychiatry and self-help groups, medication has been shown to be useful in reducing drinking or opiate use, and for maintaining sobriety.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Right Turn is a 501c3 nonprofit established in March of 2003 with a mission for innovated treatment for all addictions and related mental health disorder. Right Turn is a welcoming place where people in recovery can experience a sense of purpose and belonging. We have developed a continuum of evidence-based treatment with complimentary experiential therapies of music and the arts. Our approach and philosophy is to assist people and families seeking treatment find their way to a productive lifestyle. We use creativity as an avenue of wellness in the recovery process.

The longer people are in treatment the better the outcome!

Right Turn demonstrates an 85% retention rate for individuals completing a minimum of 3 months of treatment. The average has been 26 – 31% for state programs. Right Turn is proud of our ability to engage with individuals, especially the 18 – 25 year old struggling with opiates, to keep them in treatment longer for a better outcome.

Research demonstrates that a person has a 27-times greater chance of staying sober if they have a connection or sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. Right Turn provides a welcoming setting for people to get creative, and participate in every aspect of recovery from substance use disorder.

Innovative services provided by Right Turn include a full continuum of evidence-based treatment and experiential therapies of music and the arts. Research supports this combination of therapies can be useful in the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety and other related illness common to substance use disorder. Our research demonstrates that clients tend to feel safe, stay in treatment longer, and appreciate access to our professional staff. Our multidisciplinary clinical team is comprised of two psychiatrists, and Internist/Board Registered Addictionologist, psychotherapists, Expressive Therapists, Licensed and Certified Addiction Specialists, Couples and Family Specialists, and an ARISE Certified Family Interventionist.

The clinical team is supervised by our Medical Director, Mark Albanese M.D. and Clinical Supervisor, Gabrielle Dean LICSW.

Our program provides a range of services to include:

 Extended Care Housing

 Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

 Medication Assisted Recovery (MAT)

 Outpatient Clinic

 Intervention

 Family Services

 Right Turn Radio

 Right Turn LIVE! – A Sober Café

Innovative intensive outpatient treatment is a daily structured program offered

Monday - Friday, Extended Care Housing is a 4 – 6 month structured program to develop life skills in a higher level of care, Outpatient aftercare step-down services provides individual, alumni group therapy, education, and relapse prevention. Additional recovery activities include yoga, meditation, and wellness. We provide ongoing workshops, support groups and supervised sessions for the families. Additional services include early Intervention, Court ordered evaluations.

Right Turn provides a community center-like support to the community by opening our doors to the public in the evenings for 12-step recovery and, most importantly, Saturday evening RIGHT TURN LIVE! SOBER CAFÉ for music and comedy performances. Our drug and alcohol addiction services are designed to remind people that they are not just defined by their addiction. At Right Turn, personal creativity, thoughts, feelings and experiences help define the individual. Unique personality, skills and interests are recognized. Identity as artists, musicians, comedians and poets take shape through creative performance. At Right Turn, no one is simply “an addict”. They are creative people working to overcome addiction.

For this reason, the hallmark of Right Turn’s innovative addiction services is a combination of traditional evidence-based treatment and unique creativity groups