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St. Anthony Foundation’s Father Alfred Recovery Center Awarded on Newsweek’s America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2023 List


Media Contact:
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
(415) 254-5884 | SHaims@stanthonysf.org

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (September 12, 2023) – St. Anthony Foundation’s Father Alfred Recovery Center has been awarded on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2023. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on August 16th, 2023, and can currently be viewed on Newsweek’s website.

The America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2023 list highlights the nation’s top facilities based on quality of service, reputation, and accreditation relative to in-state competition. Facilities in the 25 states with the highest number of addiction treatment centers, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), were included in the survey. The evaluation process was comprised of three steps:

  • Recommendations from Peers: Over 4,000 medical professionals (therapists, counselors, medical doctors) and managers/administrators who work in addiction treatment facilities were invited to an online survey. Recommendations for their employer were not allowed.
  • Quality Score: Participants were also asked to rank the quality dimensions which influence the quality of rehabilitation facilities.
  • Accreditation Score: Accreditation data on addiction treatment centers provided by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“We are pleased to share the news of this award with our team members, guests, and the community as we mark National Recovery Month. The accolade is a testament to Father Alfred Center’s exceptional staff and long-term commitment to walking alongside our participants on their journey to recovery,” said Nils Behnke, CEO, St. Anthony Foundation.

“St. Anthony’s Father Alfred Center is a jewel embedded in our community. What sets our evidence-based, year-long residential recovery program apart is our robust aftercare program that includes job training and vital peer support to uplift participants along their paths to building stable, thriving lives,” said Dr. Larry Kwan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, St. Anthony Foundation.

About St. Anthony Foundation

In the Tenderloin’s struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness, St. Anthony Foundation has been a beacon of consistency, companionship, and caring for more than 70 years. We provide our guests with a range of services—from a place to rest or take a shower, clothing, and addiction recovery, to meals, medical care, and workforce development. At St. Anthony’s, we take a different approach, one that delivers meaningful results — Hope. Stability. Renewal.


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