RP 2MADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/14/19) — Two Madisonville women are working to help bridge a gap for ladies 18-55 with mental illnesses.

Recovery Plus Treatment & Transitional Living held an open house today at the spacious facility off Arch Street in Madisonville. It is partnered with Caris Counseling on Hanson Road.

The front entryway leads to a living room area, where the women in recovery will gather for morning inspiration and evening wind-down time together. A fireplace with freshly cut wood was set today to provide warmth for guests arriving this week.

Eligible applicants will be able to reside at Recovery Plus free of charge for three-six months, while undergoing intensive treatment services provided by licensed professionals for those enrolled or eligible for Kentucky Medicaid services or private pay, members of the staff said. The day treatment focuses on management of depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other issues on a case by case basis.

Program Director Raven Rogers, a state certified peer specialist, offered tours through the 13-bed treatment facility during the open house. Upstairs rooms each had lots of closet space lined with robes, sleepwear and toiletries. The cheerfully decorated rooms featured art and inspirational messages on the walls.

A house monitor will stay on the premises evening-morning hours providing recreation therapy, structured living and life skills training.

“We will keep an attitude of gratitude flowing,” Rogers said. “It’s been amazing to see it all come together. We began in October.”

Each woman will bring 14 outfits and three pairs of shoes. During Phase 1, they will be in 30 hours of intense treatment per week, Rogers said. They will be working on core issues including illness management. Nurses also will be on hand at the privately-owned facility.

“An illness does not have to define you,” she said. “It is not the end of the road. Once they’ve made it so far, at the end of each quarter, they will go through competency tests for verification,” to ensure they are grasping the concept of the recovery program.

Once Phase 1 is complete, they can opt to transition to Phase 2 downstairs that offers more space and freedom. Participants undergo vocational training to gain employment. They will take financial classes and save 35 percent of their income, Rogers said, during Phase 2. After 90 days, they would have enough money saved to be able to move forward. The cost during Phase 2 is $50 per week. Aftercare specialists will assist each individual through the transition phase back into the community.

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“This is the bridge,” Rogers said.

Owner and therapist Shellie Cheers of Madisonville said the vision came from working in mental health and with women enrolled in sober living.

“Because their mental health starting showing up, they got kicked out,” Cheers said. “A lot of them ended up back out on the street. I really felt in my heart to start a house. We looked probably for a year or so for different houses, and found this one.”

There is extra storage to keep residents’ personal items as they work toward independence, Rogers said.

“It’s been a miracle — amazing and humbling,” she said. “When you walk through the trenches with somebody during the hardest parts of their lives, and they begin working at a job and have their own car, including those without ever having held a job, is wonderful … it’s really about helping women help themselves.”

Women who need a bed for a week or so are also welcomed to stay to clear the fog, Rogers added.

“Many times the ladies have been to rehab,” Rogers explained. “For women, 85-90 percent of what they’re treating with substances, is an undiagnosed mental health issue. We want to help ladies live and function with mental health issues.”

Referrals can be made by calling Recovery Plus at (502) 947-4850 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants are required to submit an application, complete a phone or video interview.

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