PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge has appointed a special master to oversee the assets and operations of a financially struggling addiction treatment organization.

Attorney Jonathan Savage was appointed Friday as a temporary, nonliquidating special master to oversee Phoenix House New England Inc., which also has facilities in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Savage's task is to file a turnaround plan to stabilize the organization to ensure long-term operations. Phoenix House has experienced financial difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting decrease in the number of its patients.

“The goal of the petition to the court for the protections of receivership is to preserve this critical entity in Rhode Island’s health care delivery system,” Savage said in a statement. “Working with the state we believe we can preserve this critical organization — that is the goal."

He said his goal is stabilization, not closure or dissolvement.

The next court hearing on the matter is scheduled for Feb. 5.