About 300 people attended the Summit County ADM Board appreciation luncheon where recognition was awarded to local trailblazers. Mark Salchak, Director of the IBH REACH Project was one of four individuals recognized as a trailblazer and advocate in the addiction services and mental health fields. Mark was award The Maggie Carroll Smith Award.
Like Maggie Carroll Smith, Mark is seen by others as a persuasive advocate for people in recovery. Mark has demonstrated innovation and creativity to propose in the development of the IBH REACH Project in 2014. He has inspired 65% of IBH residential treatment grads, young in their recovery, to engage in this program to enrich their lives and our community.
His proposal addressed some of the community re-entry struggles of former residential treatment clients. The IBH REACH Project is a community-based, social aftercare program for graduates of IBH Addiction Recovery Center. It continues sober support that “reaches out” to nurture the values and skills learned in treatment, insure long-term recovery, protect the public investment in the rehabilitation and build connections in the community.
Mark has excelled and achieved impressive results:
• In 2014, 178 volunteers provided 4,313 hours of service through 183 projects.
• Through August 2015, 194 volunteers provided 4,834 of service through 186 projects.
• Through the second quarter of 2015, the IBH Outcome Study has shown that REACH participants are 5 times more likely to remain sober than former residents who do not participate.
One quote from a program participant seems to sum up the impact that Mark has had: “Mark Salchak and the REACH Project are gifts that have been given to this community during a time when addiction is at an all-time high. He is saving lives everyday by having faith, spreading hope and promoting awareness to everyone he comes in contact with”.