OUR MISSION at Matthews Hope Foundation is to restore the fullness of life to each client we serve. Our unique and highly effective Care Model significantly reduces relapse and overdose death and guides our clients into full long-term recovery of their physical, emotional, and spiritual sense of self and ultimately results in the redemption of their relationships with their loved ones and their creator.
What is MHDRP
Matthew’s Hope Detox and Recovery Program (MHDRP) is an advanced hospital-based drug and alcohol detoxification program located in Houston, Texas with a unique Inpatient Recovery and Aftercare model. MHDRP was designed and developed by Matthew’s Hope Foundation.
The founder of Matthew’s Hope, Larry Wedekind, is a successful population health expert in the health care industry who lost his son Matthew to opioid addiction. As such, Larry went on to start the not for profit, Matthew’s Hope Foundation, in an effort to save lives and bring the promise of sustained longterm recovery to those suffering from Substance Use Disorder.
At MHDRP we tailor a specific program for each patient using a variety of evidenced-based, peer-reviewed, medical and holistic treatment modalities which not only detox patients off of drugs and alcohol but actually begin healing the body and brain from addiction.
While many treatment programs speak of the three tier approach of healing the mind, body and spirit, at MHDRP we truly address all three. Our mission is to take a collective medical, holistic and spiritual approach at healing the mind, body and spirit in ways no other detoxification or recovery programs have ever done before.
Through treating and healing the cognitive mind to enhance brain health, we are better suited to address mental wellness and medical complications associated with addiction.
Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) – IntegraNet Physician Resource, Inc., D/B/A IntegraNet Health and Subsidiaries (“IntegraNet”) since March 1997. Reports directly to the Board of Directors of IntegraNet and its parent holding company, Intercare Health Systems, Ltd. In addition to constantly improving the overall success of the Company, is responsible for leading the development and execution of short and long-term strategies, with the goal of improving healthcare delivery system processes, clinical outcomes, healthcare policy, value-added health plan contracts, patient engagement and provider engagement, and increasing shareholder value. Creates and implements high-level corporate strategy and major Company decisions. Communicates with shareholders, participating network and stakeholder physicians, executive and employee staff, health plan executives, government entities, and the public. Creates and implements the organization’s vision and mission. Evaluates the work of other executive leaders within the Company and continuously assesses risks to the Company and ensures they are monitored and minimized. Constantly maintains awareness of the competitive market landscape, expansion opportunities, industry developments, regulatory impediments and risks, etc. Ensures that the Company maintains a high level of social responsibility and image wherever it does business.
Background and Experience:
Mr. Wedekind has been at the forefront nationally in the development of Accountable Care Organizations and innovative patient-centered Medical Home based Care Coordination with Pay for Performance (P4P) strategies focused on cost effectively delivering Care Management and Coordination of care to the Medicare and Medicaid population. He formed and developed IntegraNet Health, a financially and clinically integrated Management Care Organization in 1997, as one of the Houston area’s largest Independent Physician Associations representing approximately 1500 Primary Care and Specialty Physicians. IntegraNet has successfully expanded into the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio markets and other Texas areas on behalf of its Health Plan partners. The Company has successfully managed many multi-year shared risk contracts in Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare products with such organizations as HMO Blue, Community Health Choice, Evercare Health, Select Care of Texas, Humana Health Plan, Wellcare Health Plan, Bravo Health Plan, Anthem Health, Amerigroup, Cigna Health, Oscar Health, Clover Health, Imperial Health, and Aetna Health Plan as a shared risk partner in the state of Texas. The Company began full risk and full service delegation contracts in mid-2019 with Anthem Health MA Plans and is expanding its full risk/full delegation contracts with other Health Plans. www.IntegraNetHealth.com
Matthews Hope Foundation, a charitable 501c (3) organization, was formed by Mr. Wedekind in 2015 in order to develop a drug-free and spiritual faith-based based Recovery Care Model for opioid dependents. The Care Model that now is being used by Matthews Hope enjoys a 70% sobriety rate and serves all substance use disorders as well as alcoholism. As a comparison, the industry only has a 6% sobriety rate. This Detox and Recovery Program is being used by Steward Healthcare in its St. Joseph Medical Center facility in Houston, Texas. www.Matthewshope.org.
Mr. Wedekind also formed and developed an organization to administer electronic health records which has now been merged with IntegraNet Revenue Cycle Management, LLC (“RCM”) – a subsidiary that performs coding and revenue cycle management. RCM assists IntegraNet, other IPAs around the country and their physicians in the implementation of affordable and relevant electronic health records within their physician offices with its long-term goal being full clinical integration of all providers in each area that it serves.
Prior to 1994, Mr. Wedekind was Regional Director of six hospitals in the Southeast for American Healthcare Management, served as Administrator of several hospitals for Hospital Corporation of America and Republic Health Corporation, and he developed Outpatient Imaging and Cardiology Centers, and developed two Sports Medicine Rehab Centers in the Dallas, Texas area. Over the past 25 years, he has been integrally involved in every facet of health care financing and delivery of health care within the southeastern part of the U.S. market.
BS and MBA – University of Florida, 1979
MHHA – University of Florida, 1979
Dr. McMorris is a Mississippi native and has resided in the Houston area for the past 25 years.
Dr. McMorris received his Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his residency in Family Practice at St Joseph Hospital, Houston, Texas in 2000 and is Board Certified in Family Practice and Hospice. He has had additional training in Hospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Quality Management, and Wholistic Medicine. He has been involved in a multitude of areas of medicine through direct patient care and through leadership and management roles. He currently maintains an active outpatient practice and provides medical directorship to several companies.
Dr. McMorris is excited to be a part of Matthews Hope and the mission to end drug addiction, particularly opioid addiction. He is extremely pleased with the abstinence success rates that are occurring with the Matthews Hope Program. He has always approached medical care considering the whole person, not just a diagnosis, and is certain that the success rates Matthews Hope is achieving is due to its embracing of the same principals.
Andre has 20 years of extensive leadership experience in the mental health and substance use disorder arena. Andre has played a significant leadership role in several start-up, turn-around and acquisition facility projects. His career began with Charter Behavioral Healthcare System and has worked for Signature Healthcare, Summit BHC and Universal Healthcare (UHS) in a Senior Leadership and Department Director capacity. Andre attended Dallas Baptist University and his passion is to be a bridge-builder in the area of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder treatment.
Jennifer Wedekind is a LMSW in the state of Texas with extensive experience working in Behavioral Healthcare settings specific to counseling as well as Business Development Management. She is a graduate of University of Houston- Master of Social Work 2002. Undergrad with Bachelors of Arts in Psychology/ Minor Religious Studies year 2000). She has specialized experience in addiction and recovery, mental health, case management, religious studies, and physical health & kinesiology.
Mrs. Wedekind has worked in the non-profit industry as a case manager and she is Co-Founder of the Brazos Valley Coalition on Suicide Prevention, not-for profit 501c3 corporation. She is a mother of two boys, 9 & 11 years old and currently resides in Montgomery Texas.
Mrs. Wedekind is a strong advocate for helping others live well and she uses her life-experience as a recovering alcoholic of 21 years, who also suffered from re-entry trauma after returning home from the Iraq war. She enjoys working with adolescents & women in recovery. She is passionate about living well in sobriety and is a strong advocate for the tenets of positive psychology.
Barry Bruder, CEO & Co-Founder, launched the vision of IASIS Technologies, Inc. in January 2013 to introduce IASIS MCN – Micro Current Neurofeedback (LIP-tES, Low Intensity Pulses, using transcranial Electrical Stimulation) to the world.
The driving force behind his passion are the brave women & men of our military fighting for our freedom, those in law enforcement, and fire and rescue. Also for IASIS MCN to become the hub for research for this innovative, life changing modality.
With the unacceptably high incidence of suicide in our country due to PTSD and traumatic brain injury, we were determined to implement IASIS MCN as a front line defense for combating this tragic pandemic.
Also critical are the benefits of IASIS MCN for Autism Spectrum Disorders, where it is believed to be helpful for assisted development of the speech areas of the brain.
In 2014, a University of California at San Diego, Institutional Review Board (UCSD-IRB) approved a Pilot Study examining the effects of the IASIS MCN intervention on Marines suffering PTSD & m-TBI (mild to moderate traumatic brain injury).
May 29, 2015, a Veterans Administration Institutional Review Board (VA-IRB) in San Diego, CA approved recommending their Marines for the aforementioned pilot study, that IASIS MCN is a safe and efficacious technology to be tested on their men and women (given the findings to date of the pilot study).
IASIS MCN has been invited to participate in Israel in a research study with Lior Hospital which is known to treat the highest number of survivors of terror attack.
The UCSD/VA pilot study published in Brain Injury Journal in September 2017. A large 250 Veteran double blind 4 year VA Merit Study is currently underway at UCSD, funded by the VA and US government. May 9, the University of Texas at Tyler IRB have approval for two clinical studies on Alzheimer’s and Anxiety & Depression.
A pilot treatment study for mild traumatic brain injury: Neuroimaging changes detected by MEG after low-intensity pulse-based transcranial electrical… – PubMed – NCBI
Heather excels in producing positive sobriety outcomes with a diverse range of client populations. She is focused, energetic and full of passion. If you ever get the chance, sit in on one of her Big Book groups and feel the magic! Heather has helped countless individuals seek and navigate their own personal recovery both as a vocation and avocation for many years. Heather completed her Peer Recovery Support Specialist certification through the Council on Recovery in 2019 and is Texas State and Internationally certified as a Recovery Support Peer Specialist. She has taught many classes and workshops on a variety of topics such as mindfulness, prayer and meditation, accountability, wellness wheel, communication courses, attachment disorder courses, spiritual awareness courses, sober living basics and 12 step literature and history.
Heather worked as the Lead Recovery Coach at an Alternative Peer Group (APG) for teenagers that have SUD and/or co-occurring mental health challenges and led a co-ed recovery program for young adults. In her free time, Heather has sponsored hundreds of women in a 12-step fellowship. She volunteers her time teaching Big Book at various treatment centers. She organizes panels of recovered alcoholics/addicts to take 12 step meetings into hospitals and institutions to bring hope to the still suffering. She is very active in the abstinence-based recovery community in Houston and throughout the state of Texas. Heather is the Steering Committee Chair and the Foundation Meeting Chair for her homegroup. Heather has also served on the Spirit of Houston Recovery Conference Committee and has spoken at a variety of recovery conferences all around the world and on-line.
“I have a passion for recovery and for helping others recover. I believe it is important that we learn how to effectively blend the spiritual, clinical and medical elements of recovery together to give others the best chance at a new life and long-term sobriety. I personally struggled for many years with my own Substance Use Disorder, anxiety and depression. I did not know that there was a solution. I am eternally grateful for the people that showed me the way out in 2016 and I will do my best to show others that there is a solution for the rest of my life. It is what God got me sober to do and this work brings so much purpose and joy to my life.” – Heather Mosher
Interested in joining our team?
We’re always looking for passionate people to join our mission at MHDRP. Follow the link to see our current career opportunities.