Money to be used for start-up costs related to new Opioid Treatment Programs – WIN Recovery

Hamilton Center Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the distribution of $600,000 to Hamilton Center Inc. for the start-up of two new opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Knox and Hendricks counties,  both which are expected to open the first quarter of 2020.

In November of 2018, Hamilton Center secured two additional OTP licenses from the State of Indiana to expand the services of WIN Recovery, Hamilton Center’s certified OTP, to Knox and Hendricks counties. WIN Recovery, Vigo County opened May 2018.  WIN Recovery is the first certified OTP of its kind for both counties, and will offer medication assisted treatment, in the form of the medication methadone, coupled with behavioral health services including individual and group therapy and case management services.

The Knox county clinic will be located at 1433 Willow St, Vincennes IN while the Hendricks county location has not been finalized.

Hamilton Center staff have been working closely with health and hospital organizations, social service organizations and others to collaborate on services once opened.   

“Hamilton Center is committed to providing comprehensive substance abuse treatment to west central Indiana,” said Hamilton Center CEO Melvin L. Burks.  “The opioid epidemic in our communities can only be fought successfully if we attack the issue head on and together” he said. “I would like to thank our community partners in Knox and Hendricks counties for supporting the development of WIN Recovery and for their work to assist us in combatting the impact of substance use disorder.”

WIN Recovery will be overseen by DJ Rhodes, PhD. Dr. Rhodes comes to Hamilton Center with a variety of healthcare experience including hospice, home health, hospital administration as well as OTPs and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Before making the career shift to healthcare, Dr. Rhodes spent over 15 years in military intelligence, including serving as the Technical Director of Air Force Space Command and Missile Defense System Command overseeing two weapon portfolios. In addition, he works as an adjunct professor at various universities teaching healthcare administration, leadership and critical thinking courses.

The mission of Hamilton Center Foundation is to strengthen the community by providing consistent and lasting support to Hamilton Center, as it provides the highest quality behavioral healthcare and wellness services in Indiana. People are encouraged to give to the Foundation to ensure a strong mental health system is available in central and west central Indiana in perpetuity. To give, go to or call (812) 231-8416.   

“The Foundation is working to respond to community needs,” said Bob Rhodes, Hamilton Center Foundation’s Board Chair.  “Assisting Hamilton Center in opening these opioid treatment programs will certainly help many people in central and west central Indiana,” he added.

“Hamilton Center is grateful to have the support of the Foundation,” said Burks.  “The Foundation Board has a keen understanding of the priorities of Hamilton Center and the needs of the community,” he added.