Treatment Facility Commitments

Volunteers

District 18/19 needs volunteers to help organize the numerous open commitment slots at several grateful local treatment and health care facilities. Visiting these facilities by Zoom or in person when allowed and carrying the message to those who are still struggling can be the most fulfilling work a sober alcoholic can do. Hearing a message of hope from those who are successfully recovering from your same disease can often be the final sigh of surrender to a new life.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Treatment Committee, or taking a leadership role, we need your help in:

  1. Contacting treatment facilities for information on:
    • when they have incoming commitments
    • how many of those slots are filled and by which groups
    • when they have openings.
  2. Reaching out to groups that may be willing to take a regularly scheduled commitment at a treatment facility
  3. Continuing to communicate with both treatment facilities and groups to ensure the commitments are being fulfilled.

Please send an email to aaemass1819@gmail.com if you can volunteer in this most special and important work.

Groups

Below is a list of all of the facilities that our District has worked with in the past. Districts 18 & 19 are not affiliated with any of these facilities, nor should this information be taken as promotion of these facilities or their services.

If you or your group is interested in committing to bring a meeting once a month to a facility, please send an email to aaemass1819@gmail.com and someone will help you with the following:

  • Understanding what each facility is like and what to expect upon arrival
  • What to expect at the meeting
  • Exchanging contact information with the facility
  • Handling any issues with the meetings and/or facilities
  • Visiting your group’s business meeting to answer questions about commitments

Current Treatment Facilities

  • Lahey Health Behavioral Services Danvers (CAB Danvers)
  • Leland Unit at Beverly Hospital
  • 7 East Inpatient Unit at Salem Hospital
  • Recovery Centers of America at Danvers
  • Brentwood Rehabilitation Centers & Healthcare Center in Danvers

 

Corrections Service & Committee

How to Be of Service 

If you are interested in being of service with the Districts 18/19 Corrections Committee or would like the Corrections Committee Chair to visit your group’s business meeting to share more information about this service work, please contact Kerri M. at aaemass1819@gmail.comPlease download and share the Corrections flyer with your home group and at other AA meetings you attend.

District 18/19 is looking for local AA members to join its Corrections Committee and be of service in any or all of the following ways to AA members who are currently incarcerated:

  • Become a Corrections Committee Member. This involves attending a monthly Zoom committee meeting on the 2nd Saturday @ 9:00 AM (Zoom ID: 627 411 4999), visiting different Zoom and in-person AA meetings to make announcements about corrections service opportunities, and sharing corrections flyers.
  • Bring AA Meeting Commitments to Correctional Facilities. Very few AA members from our district are currently approved to bring meetings into our district’s correctional facilities – the need here is huge! This involves getting approved by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department as a volunteer, establishing a monthly meeting with one or more correctional facility, and attending those meeting commitments. To learn more about eligibility and the approval process, please scroll below to the “Commitment Approval Process” section. Scroll do to the “Correctional Facilities” section to learn where facilities are located and what their current status for accepting commitments is.
  • Give Your Old Grapevines/La Vinas to the Middleton Jail Grapevine Project. This involves mailing your old issues of The Grapevine/La Vina to project organizer, Paul McC. from District 22, who arranges to bring quarantined issues into the Middleton Jail. Paul McC. has given us permission to share his information and you can mail your old issues to Paul McCafferty, 13 Hinckley Street, Somerville, MA 02145.
  • Become a Prerelease Contact. No AA members from our local district are signed up as prerelease contacts – the need here is huge! This service is run by AA Boston Central Service and all questions should be directed to Kenny by calling Central Service at 617-426-9444. Prerelease contacts help get AA members to their first meeting within 24 to 48 hours after being released. To learn more how to sign up to be of service, read the AA Corrections Prerelease Contact Information pamphlet or contact Kenny at Central Service.
  • Write to Incarcerated AA Members through the Corrections Correspondence Service. Currently there is a backlog of incarcerated male AA members waiting for correspondence from outside male AA members. This service is run by the AA World Services (AAWS) office in New York City and it involves registering with AAWS to correspond to an incarcerated AA member who is located in a different state. To maintain privacy, local AA members can use AA Boston Central Service’s mailing address and mail forwarding service for corrections correspondence. To learn more about this service work, visit the Corrections Correspondence Service page on AA.org. To learn more about using AA Boston Central Service’s mail forwarding service, please call Kenny at 617-426-9444.

Correctional Facilities

There are three correctional facilities to which AA members and groups in District 18/19 take meeting commitments. Those facilities are:

  • Women In Transition in Salisbury (Women only) – Currently allowing Zoom and in-person commitments.
  • Essex County Pre-Release and Re-Entry Center (“The Farm”) in Lawrence (Men only) – Currently allowing in-person commitments.
  • Middleton Jail and House of Correction in Middleton – Will be allowing AA volunteers starting in May 2021.

Only approved volunteers are allowed to speak at AA meeting commitments in correctional facilities.

Corrections Commitment Approval Process

The District 18/19 Corrections Committee Chairperson will help any interested AA member with the approval process. To request an application or find out more, contact Kerri M. at aaemass1819@gmail.com. All AA members interested in bringing commitments into a correctional facility are now required to go through the approval process outlined by the Essex County Sheriff’s office. Anyone who was approved prior to 2019 needs to get reapproved under the new process. All AA members are invited to apply but there is a requirement that applicants be off probation/parole a minimum of two years, have no open criminal cases, and have at least 6 months of continuous sobriety. The approval process entails the following:

  1. Application & Background Check – Fill out, notarize, and submit a volunteer application for background checks and providing a front and back copy of your driver’s license to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Contact Kerri M. to request a copy of the application.
  2. Mandatory Volunteer Training – Once your application is approved, the Essex County Sheriff’s office will give you a slot at a mandatory volunteer training. These trainings are offered once per month, typically on the 2nd or 3rd Monday, from 7:00 AM-3:00 PM. All CDC social distancing protocols are followed by the Sheriff’s office and they provide N95 masks.
  3. Schedule Monthly AA Meeting Commitment – After you attend the training and are cleared to start bringing in meeting commitments, the corrections committee chair will put you in touch with the facility to which you are interested in taking the meetings. You will arrange directly with that facility’s contact the date and time of your regular commitment. Only women can take commitments to Women In Transition in Salisbury and only men can take commitments to The Farm in Lawrence. Only approved volunteers are allowed to speak at your meeting commitments.

Volunteer Training Location Details

Location: Essex County Sheriff’s Department Training and Staff Development Center (NOT Middleton Jail)

Address: 562 Maple Street, Danvers, MA (across the street from Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School)

Instructions: Training is from 7:00 AM-3:00 PM. Plan to arrive by 6:50 AM as late arrivals may not be permitted. Park in parking area. Put all valuables out of sight and lock car. Use the sidewalk that goes length of front of building. Take next sidewalk (first right) to bring you to main entrance door to sign in. 

Download & Share the Corrections Flyer

Please help get the word out about corrections commitments by sharing this flyer with your home group and other meetings you attend!

Want to get involved in service??

Become a General Service Representative (GSR) for your home group. If your group doesn’t have a GSR this is a wonderful opportunity to see how A.A. works beyond the group level. Be your group’s liaison to the District, Area, Region and World.