TREATMENT/SPECIAL NEEDS-ACCESSIBILITIES COMMITTEE

16.1 The purpose of the Treatment/Special Needs- Accessibilities Committee shall be to coordinate the flow of information and activities that pertain to carrying the message of recovery to alcoholics in hospitals, alcoholism treatment and rehabilitation centers, and those with special needs and accessibility inquiries to and from the Area, districts, groups, and individual A.A. members.

16.2 The Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilities Committee shall coordinate information, efforts, and activities with other Standing Committees, Intergroups, districts, and groups within the Area on the concerns of recovery in treatment facilities and for those with special needs and accessibility inquiries.

16.3 The Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilities Committee shall encourage and assist districts, groups, and individual A.A. members involved in this Twelve Step work.

16.4 The Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilities Committee shall encourage the use of G.S.O.’s “Treatment Facilities” and “Special Needs/ Accessibilities” guidelines, kits, workbooks, and other related G.S.O. literature and material at the Area, district, and group level.

Part of Bridging the Gap between a treatment program and A.A. is the Temporary Contact Program, which is designed to help the alcoholic in an alcoholism treatment program make that transition. 

​A.A. experience suggests that attending meetings regularly is critical. In order to bridge the gap, A.A. members have volunteered to be temporary contacts and introduce newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous.

It is suggested that the temporary contact take the newcomer to a variety of A.A. meetings; introduce him or her to other A.A.s; insure that he or she has the phone numbers of several A.A. members, and share the experience of sponsorship and a home group. 

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