Lasting Change is a private not-for-profit residential and outpatient community substance agency that provides a full range of chemical dependency services to women ages 18 and over. Programs assist individuals struggling with addiction problems gain a better understanding of the illness and how to manage symptoms, thereby improving the quality of day to day living.
Lasting Change's mission is to provide residential and clinical services to women and their families. Women in the early stages of recovery from chemical dependency are provided treatment, education, and case management thereby reducing the pervasive and adverse impact of alcoholism and drug abuse in Washington County.
It is the philosophy of this program that individuals benefit most from a holistic biopsychosocial approach to care which includes attention to physical, emotional, social, interpersonal, and spiritual well-being. Attendance is paramount to achieving the goals that are developed with the consumer allowing the consumer to become recovery focused. Our programs encourage coordination with a physician for medical care, mental health services and family participation and referrals to appropriate community resources are provided as needed.
The W House Foundation of Hagerstown, Inc. was incorporated in 1988, the result of local community members who identified the need for supportive, sober housing for alcoholic women. We received state certification with the Department of Health and Mental Health as a Continuing care Facility in 1990.
In 1995, The W House received the resources necessary to provide 24-hour staffing and created a clinical program which helped to successfully transition women from custody to community based treatment. The program enhancement was made possible with a grant from the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Washington County Health Department, Division of Addiction and Mental health.
The W House re-branded in 2016 and is currently doing business as Lasting Change, Recovery Solutions for Women. In 2017, Lasting Change became CARF Accredited.
Licensing, Accreditation and Funding
Lasting Change is licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Funding comes from Medicaid, client fees, grants and private donations.