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  MERIT Program (Options funding ended August 14, 2008)

Methamphetamine abuse has reached epidemic proportions in Josephine County

Methamphetamine Early Response Intervention Team

The MERIT Program, funded by SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), was an interagency collaboration between Options for Southern Oregon, Adapt, Choices, Ontrack and Dual Solutions. MERIT was committed to providing evidence based treatment and support for individuals and their families who are struggling with methamphetamine abuse.

MERIT offered a holistic approach, including effective substance abuse treatment using the Matrix Model. Matrix consists of an intensive outpatient program incorporating group and individual strategies as well as family involvement and community based support groups for recovery.

MERIT Offered:

A & D Treatment
Case Management

Additionally, MERIT offered individualized case management services to address other needs such as access to:

  • Mental Health services
  • Medical services
  • Housing
  • Employment assistance
  • Legal assistance
  • Dental services
  • Child Care services

The Merit Program was located at:
Options for Southern Oregon
1215 SW "G" Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
Phone: (541) 476-2373


Amy Amaral, who works for Choices, is a former team member of M.E.R.I.T.  She is now the SE 66 Project Coordinator.  The SE66 Project is a program which offers free treatment for those who struggle with alcohol and/or drugs abuse.  For more information about this program please contact Amy at (541) 441-2401.




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