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Addiction and Veteran Services Applications Now Available Online

Applications are online now!

Sarasota, FL., March 19, 2021 – Harvest House is pleased to announce their new paperless online application for their Freedom and VETS programs. The Freedom program offers residential substance abuse recovery for adult men and women, and the VETS GPD program offers residential recovery services for veterans.

These are the first two of 5 program applications that will be transitioned from a paper-only to a fully online platform, creating ease of access for both prospective clients and Harvest House staff.

“When the pandemic hit, we realized that the need for an online form application was greater than ever. Prospective clients couldn’t use the printing and scanning services at the libraries anymore because they were closed. When people apply to Harvest House, they are in crisis and need help as quickly as possible. We knew we had to make this project a priority,” said Erin Minor, CEO of Harvest House.

Thanks to local funders and a partnership with local UX Designer and Automation Specialist Keith Marcel Woods, Harvest House was able to begin the process of moving paper applications for services to a web-based format last fall. Instead of purchasing an expensive application platform, they decided to orchestrate a HIPAA-compliant solution using the Microsoft Office 365 suite and an online form-builder.

“We are now going from a 5-step process (download a PDF, print it, fill it out, scan it, and email it to submit) to a one-step application on our website. For prospective clients that don’t have printers or the ability to scan and upload documents, they can now complete the entire application directly from their smartphone. The best part is, we’ve been able to cut down the response time from 3 – 5 business days to one,” said Jon Minor, Director of Addiction and Veteran Administration.

Over 80% of Freedom program clients come directly from prison or jail. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is the first correctional intuition to partner with Harvest House on this project. Sarasota County Jail inmates can now access the online application with the assistance of a Reentry Navigator.

“Our Inmate Programs team loves working with Harvest House and helping connect veterans to meaningful programs,” commented Major Brian Meinberg. “We are excited for the creation of Harvest House’s online application that modernizes and streamlines the process for individuals who are reintegrating into society.”

Prospective clients can now access the applications online at harvesthousecenters.org/addiction or harvesthousecenters.org/veteran

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