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Jill Johnson
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Community-Minded Enterprises
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Community-Minded Enterprises Adds Text App Technology to Support Recovery Services Clients 

The launch of the Quiq Text App is Made Possible by a $50,000 Grant from the Coordinated Care Community Investment Fund

Spokane, Wash., (Feb. 10, 2022) – Community-Minded Enterprises’ Recovery Services program has a new tool to assist clients as they seek to maintain their sobriety. Recovery Cafe Spokane, a program of Community-Minded Enterprises (CME), has enhanced a text communication application to provide resources to its members.

“This is a real breakthrough,” said Christine McMackin, Manager of Recovery Café Spokane. “Our members will be able to access assistance 24 hours a day with just a few clicks on their smart phone.”

CME was able to add the Quiq App to its range of services with the assistance of a $50,000 grant from Coordinated Care’s Community Investment Fund. Coordinated Care partners have been supportive of the project from the beginning, seeing value in connecting clients this way.

“Technology in behavioral health offers innovative opportunities to remove barriers for treatment, enhance convenience, and complement traditional therapy models,” said Beth Johnson, CEO of Coordinated Care. “An app designed to address those matters can impact equity issues and engagement in one’s health, resulting in stronger and healthier communities, something Coordinated Care strives for in all our efforts.”

The application platform was developed by the Bozeman Montana-based company Quiq, which also worked with CME to enhance the app to support parents with young children in accessing resources and support, especially needed at the start of the pandemic.

“We are having great success connecting with parents and caregivers using the Quip App, guiding and supporting them with educational materials, activities, and other resources during a time when in-person opportunities are more difficult to access,” said Jan Thoemke, Interim CEO for Community-Minded Enterprises. “We are grateful to Coordinated Care for their generous support of the Quiq App for use with Recovery Café Spokane members.”

The text app works by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with the ability to connect with a local CME staff member. Clients are guided to resources based on the answers they provide when prompted by the app. For those needing more help, the app links the user to a CME Recovery Services team member. There is no cost to use this service.

Recovery Café Spokane was founded in February 2017 with a mission to serve people in recovery. Programs are designed to help people maintain their recovery, reduce relapses, realize their potential, and reclaim their lives.

Since its inception, the Café has grown, and on February 1, relocated to CME’s new Recovery Services building. The 7,000-square-foot facility is located at 622 East 2nd Avenue (2nd Avenue and Hatch Street) in East Spokane.

The new location will be home to these CME programs:

  • State Opioid Response (SOR)
  • Substance Abuse Block Grant (SAS)
  • Recovery Café Spokane
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
  • Foundational Community Support

About Community-Minded Enterprises

Community-Minded Enterprises is a 501c3 nonprofit with five offices in Spokane and one in Pasco. It was formed as a grassroots organization in the early 1990s and incorporated 1997.

Mission

Community-Minded Enterprises transforms communities in Washington State while advancing diversity and inclusion of marginalized populations, so that all people have an opportunity for equitable health, education, and safety.

Read CME’s Annual report here. Find us on online at www.community-minded.org and www.facebook.com/communityminded/.

About Coordinated Care

Coordinated Care is a locally accountable, innovative, and solution-based health plan headquartered in Tacoma, Wash. Launched in 2012, Coordinated Care serves over 250,000 members enrolled in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid), Ambetter (Health Benefit Exchange) and all of the state’s population in foster care and adoptive services. Focused on whole health, Coordinated Care treats the whole person by breaking down barriers to accessing care, walking members through their benefits and connecting them to what they need by building and executing a System of Care framework. To learn more, visit CoordinatedCareHealth.com.

 

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