Big Move on Campus

Posted by Sam Price

After 13 years of service in Isabella County, Ten16 Recovery Network has transitioned their Social Detox program from Mt. Pleasant to their residential campus in Midland.  The agency will continue to offer 7-bed availability for Detox, along with 20 beds for the Residential program on its wooded, 19 acre lot.  Ten16 believes in the healing power of community.  For those we serve, the move enhances their opportunities to experience recovery in action, whether they continue in our care or transfer to another program.  We're excited about how this move will improve people's experience!

It is ironic in the middle of an opiate crisis that the total number of admissions to Ten16’s detox program has been down by 10% for each of the last three years.  A similar trend is being seen at many other detox facilities in the State.  In 2014 & 2015, 58% of Ten16’s detox admissions were for those who had an Opiate Use Disorder.  In 2018, only 36% were.  It is theorized that as Medication Assisted Treatment is becoming more widely available, more people are choosing that as their recovery path in lieu of detox.  Those reductions have been somewhat offset with an increase in people being served with an Alcohol Use Disorder, 61% of admissions in 2018.  “A person withdrawing from alcohol dependency has a shorter length of stay than when we are managing opiate withdrawal,” says Sam Price, President/CEO, Ten16 Recovery Network.  The combination of reduced admissions and shorter stays has led to a decrease in 300 bed days annually.  Since the agency is paid for a day of service, it represents a significant decrease in program revenue.  Ten16 was the only agency in the State with a stand alone detox facility, and the cost structure of that was no longer sustainable. 

“While this is being driven by economics, it has been a dream of ours to have these programs together to improve the client’s experience,” says Price. “Entering a detox is a scary time for a lot of people.  Being able to see where they may go next and interact with the residential staff can lessen those anxious feelings.  They can see hope for what good can come by taking this brave step.”  Ten16’s detox program will continue to maintain 7 beds. 

The detox program began through a grant from Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services (NMSAS) in 2006.  NMSAS targeted Isabella County in 2006 because there was no detox program in their southern region and there were PA2/Liquor Tax funds available to help underwrite its launch.  The building Ten16 occupied was owned by Isabella County, but had strong community support in its construction – Central Michigan Community Hospital donated the land, NMSAS allocated $250,000 from their PA2 reserves, the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe contributed $200,000 and the County funded the rest.  It was fully paid off in 2016.

Ten16 approached Isabella County officials in November 2018 about their financial struggles to discuss different options.  The most viable one for the agency would be to be released from the lease on the building, and pair the detox program with its residential program.  Since both programs are staffed 24/7 and have similar programming elements, there are many efficiencies that can be gained.  Isabella County officials agreed to work with Ten16 to assist them in achieving their goals. The Isabella County Board of Commissioners supported the request. 

Ten16 still has a strong presence in Isabella County, with its prevention services re-locating to the new William and Jan Strickler Non-Profit Center, 1114 W High Street.  Additionally, Ten16 provides services in the MidMichigan Medical Center’s Emergency Department and runs the Collegiate Recovery Program at CMU. 

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