Midwest Center at Youngstown is part of the Amatus Recovery Centers family. Amatus is offering $750,000 worth of scholarships to African American individuals who are struggling with addiction. These scholarships will cover the cost of all levels of care from detox through outpatient treatment.
Why We’re Offering This Addiction Recovery Scholarship
Studies have shown that African American individuals can face disproportionate barriers to quality treatment. For example, white individuals are as much as 35 times more likely than their African American peers to receive buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. This medication is highly effective at curbing cravings and preventing overdoses, yet is not available to African Americans in the same way as white Americans. Additionally, though African Americans and white Americans use drugs at similar rates, African Americans are incarcerated for drug offenses at six times the rate of white Americans.
Amatus wants to help change these statistics. Our COO, Michael Silberman, believes that “No one should be punished for having an addiction. Everyone with a substance use disorder deserves high-quality treatment and support. We feel lucky to be able to provide the Social Justice Scholarship to people who otherwise wouldn’t access treatment.”
Matt Bell, CEO of Midwest Recovery Center, located in Toledo, shares this sentiment. Bell was one of the first clients of D.A.R.T., a program that focuses on addiction treatment instead of jail time. He now works with that same program and is a passionate advocate for prevention and education in his community.
“It’s important to give people with substance use disorders a chance,” he said. “People are capable of so much when given the right tools and resources. We don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks.”
Apply for the Amatus Social Justice Scholarship
To apply for the Social Justice Scholarship, fill out the attached form. If you have any questions, reach out to Midwest Center at Youngstown at 844.544.0502.