FAQs

What is the Samaritan House?

Samaritan House is a 16-bed State-certified treatment facility for adult men who have completed a detoxification program but are still recovering from alcohol or drug addiction.  Samaritan also has a nine-bed sober living house for men.

What happens at Samaritan House?

Individuals actively participate in programs, including individual, group and family counseling, case management, relapse prevention and life skills training.  They remain substance free and obtain full-time employment within 21 days of admission.  Length of stay is anywhere from 3 to 9 months.

What is the difference between Samaritan House’s certified halfway and sober living programs?

Our “halfway house” is an active and certified rehabilitation treatment program that is staffed 24-hours per day.  While there, residents receive intensive individual and group counseling for their substance abuse while establishing a sober support network, securing new employment, and finding new housing.  After approximately six months, residents may transition to our sober living transitional beds that help continue the reintegration process by offering a healthy peer network and model of recovery without a required program of treatment.

Why is Samaritan House important to the community?

Samaritan House changes lives. It provides a place to ease people recovering from addiction back into society while building a strong network of support around them that lowers their chance of relapse.  In the words of one program graduate, “Quite simply, the Samaritan House . . . taught me personal responsibility one day at a time.”  Said another program graduate, “It was the best decision I’ve ever made toward independence.”  The benefits of recovery extend far beyond the client himself.  Families are rebuilt, jobs are secured, and communities gain productive members who contribute to the tax base. No longer are our clients a burden on public resources but instead become contributing members of society.  Indeed, the cost for one day at Samaritan House is dramatically less than the cost of one day in jail or the hospital – repositories for many people who suffer from addiction. 

How does admission work?

A professional addiction counselor refers potential Samaritan House clients from an Intermediate Care Facility, Intensive Outpatient Program or Jail-Based Substance Abuse program.  Samaritan House perpetually has a long waiting list of community members seeking our services.

Who pays for it?

Participants are financially responsible for the payment of fees.  At present, on average 60% is paid by government sources while 40% is self/private payment. Our goal is to transition to a broader fee-for-service business model offering a continuum of clinical addiction, health and employment services to our clients in order to produce a more diverse revenue stream while at the same time positioning and aligning our care model for the anticipated (and uncertain) changes in the State and Local health care implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

When did Samaritan House begin?  

Samaritan House was founded in 1971 by a group of recovering addicts who saw a need for residential care.  After receiving state certification, the facility moved from West Street to eight wooded acres in a secluded part of Annapolis.  Throughout our history, Samaritan House has been an exemplary neighbor with no complaints filed by any of our neighbors.

Who runs Samaritan House?

Samaritan House is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board consisting of community members from the corporate, non-profit and education sectors.  Our Executive Director, Michael Goldfaden, holds a Masters degree in Social Work and has been associated with Samaritan House for 20 years. He is supported by two full- time addiction counselors and two full-time aides/house managers, along with dedicated volunteers and interns.

Why does Samaritan House need to expand?

As the only certified residential care facility in the Annapolis area for men and one of a just a few qualified facilities that provide comprehensive care, Samaritan House has a waiting list that is unceasingly long. Men unable to receive services often fall through the cracks, losing life's ground, leaving behind families and children. Further, the fragmented system of care in Maryland results in many patients starting and stopping treatment and thus jeopardizing their ability to achieve long-term sobriety.  The Samaritan House expansion will also result in cost savings for the corrections and healthcare systems since people who struggle with addiction fall in the one percent of the population that accounts for 20% of the nation’s healthcare costs.  Samaritan House’s services help reduce the number of these “super-utilizers” who make frequent trips to the emergency room and jail by addressing their more complex needs in a comprehensive method.

What is the Campus for Recovery?

The Campus of Recovery will include a new 16-bed dormitory for men, space for outpatient counseling, an outdoor pavilion and a paved roadway for campus access.  Client service will continue uninterrupted during construction.  Upon completion Samaritan House will become a full-service "continuum of care" facility that offers residential treatment to sober living with outpatient services. Learn More

How will the Samaritan House fund this expansion?

Our goal is to create a public-private partnership of funders who will help bring our vision to reality.  Current supporters and prospective funders include government entities, local corporations, private foundations, and community members who care.

Who besides the client will benefit from this expansion?

Perhaps the saddest part of addictive disease is that those closest to person struggling with addiction are hurt the most.  The Campus of Recovery will provide a sanctuary where people can heal the wounds and mend the lives scarred by addiction. Samaritan House’s continuum of care will help the client manage the addiction over the long-term and provide the tools needed to rebuild relationships with families, friends, colleagues and employers. 

What is Samaritan House’s plan for financial stability after opening the Campus for Recovery?

Our goal is to transition to a broader fee-for-service business model that offers a continuum of clinical addiction, health and employment services to our clients in order to produce a more diverse revenue stream while at the same time positioning and aligning our care model for the anticipated (and uncertain) changes in the State and Local health care implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pro-forma budgets indicate that Samaritan House’s revenues can support the operations of the new larger facility as a result of the increase in the number of clients treated. 

Do similar rehabilitation facilities exist in your area and if so, what makes Samaritan House different?

Other recovery facilities include Pathways, Partners In Recovery, and Hope House.  Samaritan House is one of only three state-certified halfway houses in Eastern Maryland. Clinical staff is state-certified. Upon the completion of the Campus of Recovery, we will offer a full continuum of care including long-term residential treatment and outpatient treatment.  Other programs specialize in outpatient or short-term residential care exclusively.  

How will the project incorporate sustainable building practices and energy conservation measures?

Measures are being taken to ensure sustainable site development, recycling or reuse of materials/resources, indoor environmental quality, water savings, energy efficiency, and if LEED or other certification.

How can I help?

Without the continued generosity of people like you, we would not be able to continue to provide these much needed services. Making a charitable financial donation greatly benefits the operations and programs at the Samaritan House. Click Here to see ways in which you can help the Samaritan House with your contribution.