Hope Dealers: Services for Women with Children
Session Type
Date & Time
Monday, October 25, 2021, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location Name
Shenandoah Room

Lucy Hall is the founder and CEO of Mary Hall Freedom Village, Inc. (MHFV) and the author of the book 'Hope Dealer'. Founded in 1996, then Mary Hall Freedom House, began with one apartment and two women. MHFV has served more than 15,000 people since its founding and has grown into a recovery program for women, women with children, veterans, and families with over 1,500 clients a year. Mary Hall Freedom Village, Inc. (MHFV) is committed to utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, protocols, and guidelines in the treatment of substance abuse for chemically dependent single women and women with children. Treatment modalities and approaches are consistent with best practices supported by acknowledged clinical research and administrative expert findings. MHFV provides the resources needed to support the overall scope of each program, by providing adequate materials, equipment, supplies, space, finances, training, and human resources. Clinical programs consist of an array of services including screening and assessment, outpatient treatment, day treatment, community housing and residential treatment. In offering these services, we strive to maintain a solid relationship with other providers in our network who serve the community in a similar capacity. Services and programs are licensed by the State of Georgia, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Office of Regulatory Services (ORS). The organization has a medical director/psychiatrist and receives consultation regarding medically related policies. Personnel providing direct services attend competency-based training that reflects needs of participants, maintain clinical skills appropriate to the position, have interviewing skills, remain competent in treatment planning, and utilize research-based treatment approaches. All programs and services of the agency maintain a participant focus and where appropriate, family involvement in treatment is encouraged. Barriers to treatment are removed as much as possible to promote accessibility and to ensure services are accessible to diverse populations. Services are provided directly by licensed professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and addiction certified clinicians, as well as community collaborators. Additionally, services are based on accepted practices in the field and incorporate current research, evidence-based practice, peer-reviewed scientific and health-related publications, clinical practice guidelines, and/or expert professional consensus. MHFV believes treatment must focus on a holistic approach, not just on the disease of addiction. To that end, all persons served participate in a series of psycho-educational groups, as well as therapeutic group and individual sessions, specifically designed to support their multiple needs, which are safe and relevant to their identified needs. Groups address areas including spirituality, parenting, coping skills, life skills, grief/trauma issues, living in balance, career development, educational services, women’s health & wellness, and general 12-Step education.

Participants will understand a holistic approach to recovery for women with children.