Private drug and alcohol treatment programs merge A new headquarters to open in Annapolis

November 22, 1995|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Two private Anne Arundel County drug and alcohol treatment programs have merged and will open a new headquarters in Annapolis.

Alcohol and Drug Recovery (ADR) and Health Management Enterprises Inc. (HME) combined their clinical and consulting services this month as a way to treat more patients, said Barry Wilen, president and executive director of ADR.

"Substance abuse is not getting any better," said Mr. Wilen. "It's getting worse."

Mr. Wilen will become vice president of corporate development for the new group, which will be called Health Management Enterprise Treatment System.

The exact location of its Annapolis headquarters has not been determined, he said.

Mr. Wilen said the two programs now serve about 1,000 patients a year in six offices, including two in Annapolis and one each in Millersville, Glen Burnie, Charles County and Prince George's County.

ADR has been serving Anne Arundel for 14 years, Mr. Wilen said. HME has been around since 1992. They have a combined staff of 50.

Mr. Wilen said he and HME President and Executive Director David French had discussed a merger for several years. But it wasn't until they sat down to lunch recently that they decided to consolidate.

Mr. Wilen said the merger benefits the public.

"The public is going to get a much bigger bite of the apple," he said. "The doctors and specialists gather together under one roof, and the management team does all of the administrative tasks, freeing the doctors to do what they do best -- taking care of their clients."

Mr. Wilen said the new group hopes to open two more offices within three years.

He also said the new agency will treat people even if they cannot afford treatment costs. About 15 percent of ADR's clientele pay less than cost, Mr. Wilen said.

"We have an open-door policy," he said. "Anyone who needs treatment can get it. We'll treat people for $5 or $10 if that's all they can come up with."

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