St. Monica's Behavioral Health Services for Women Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Outpatient, Individualized Treatment
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ABOUT ST. MONICA’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR WOMEN
Based in Lincoln, Neb., St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women provides a variety of programs for women and adolescent girls who are struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The nonprofit –– which has been in operation for over 50 years –– offers residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and supportive programming for family members of clients. Specialized programming for mothers and girls ages 13 to 18 is offered, but no on-site detox services are available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prior to admission, clients are required to complete a drug and alcohol assessment. Those who are in the beginning stages of their recovery typically enter short-term residential treatment, an intensive program that lasts eight weeks. During this time, residents participate in individual counseling, group therapy, psychological evaluations, and spiritual counseling. Educational groups and parenting classes (for mothers) are also key treatment components. Teens remain in programming for longer – up to six months – and participate in 21 hours of age-appropriate programming a week while attending school and learning life skills in a home-like setting.
The therapeutic community offering, also a residential program, is designed for clients who have been sober for at least 30 days. This program includes many of the same elements as the primary residential program, but it also addresses topics including employment, community re-integration, and relapse prevention. For pregnant and parenting women, the center offers specialized educational groups, on-site daycare, and child-focused programming.
Clients enrolled in intensive outpatient treatment, a six to eight-week program, attend daily sessions, including individual counseling, group counseling, family therapy, and educational groups. Standard outpatient treatment is individualized, and the frequency of treatment sessions is gradually reduced over time.
According to the facility’s website, the staff includes a nurse practitioner and both master’s and Ph.D. level counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The organization’s residential facilities are homelike but structured. Most residents share a bedroom with one other client. All participants are expected to complete chores, keep their rooms clean, and participate in weekly meal planning meetings. Creative movement, yoga, meditation, and group exercise classes are offered on-site, and fitness videos are available.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com shared negative reviews of their time at St. Monica’s. Kay described her experience as “terrible” and felt pressured into applying for food stamps. Claire expressed frustration with the staff’s level of training and experience. “The staff lacks education and compassion. Some of them are barely out of treatment. They do not know what they’re doing,” she wrote.
External reviews are limited but also unfavorable. Morgan, a one-star reviewer on Google, characterized the program as “horrible.” “They kick clients out for nonsence reasons,” she wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones are limited to just one survey response. When asked by Rehabs.com how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the one anonymous survey respondent provided a rating of five out of five stars, based on a scale of one to five. This individual also provided a five-star rating for the center’s treatment effectiveness, but noted that the wait list was long and that there were “too many people.”
According to the facility’s website, client fees are assessed on a sliding scale.
Updated October 2016
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