Refuge for Women Pittsburgh Receives State License

Jackie* was first sold for sex by a family member when she was five years old. Now in her late 30s, she has been trafficked on and off for years and has been diagnosed with mental health, physical and substance use disorders. Safety was one of Jackie’s main concerns as she had been pursued by her traffickers across multiple states. After graduating from Refuge for Women Pittsburgh, she was accepted into a two-year long-term program in another state where she will continue her journey.  

Refuge for Women Pittsburgh has received its license from Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)!  With this license, we can provide services to residents with substance use disorders.  This is also a huge milestone in creating financial stability for the organization as we will soon be able to bill Medicaid for eligible residents and services.

A very special thank you to PA Senator Jay Costa for his commitment and advocacy on behalf of the women we serve.  Also, thanks to PA Representative Jessica Benham, City of Pittsburgh Council Members Theresa Kail-Smith, Erika Strassburger, and Bob Charland.  City Council CH/HS Policy Director Ricky Moody, RCPA’s Jim Sharp, and our friends at Auberle and POWEr for their guidance.

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