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ABOUT WEEMS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Weems Community Mental Health Center, located in Meridian, Miss., is a non-political subdivision of the State of Mississippi providing mental health care from offices in nine Mississippi counties. Founded in 1970, the center offers residential and outpatient care for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis of mental illness as well as outpatient care for mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Throughout treatment, clients receive individual, group, and family counseling. The center also provides education on topics including addiction, relapse prevention, self esteem, and anger management. According to the facility’s website, residential care is offered in a 30-day program for adults ages 18 and over at the Weems LifeCare Recovery Center. For clients who need a longer stay, there is an extended care secondary residential option lasting up to 60 days; clients may work during the day while in extended care.
Outpatient care consists of an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets three evenings a week for 10 weeks. The IOP offers individual and group care. There’s also a dedicated 10-week IOP for adolescents. Following treatment, all clients have access to two years’ worth of aftercare services.
Specialized services include a program for those seeking medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and a DUI program.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, one alum polled by Rehabs.com gave the facility high ratings for the staff support but one loved one disagreed when asked if the the facility staff were experienced and well-trained.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential program has 36 beds. According to the facility’s website, residential clients attend two recreational activities most weeks, though the website does not list the activities. Electronic devices are not permitted on-site, but visitors are welcome on weekend afternoons after the first seven days of treatment.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, there has been one alum surveyed by Rehabs.com. The reviewer, M.W., was 40-59 years old at the time of entry and chose the facility based on a personal search and bed availability. The facility was between 51-100 miles from her home. The alum was treated for a dual diagnosis and stayed for 30-60 days. She has been gone from the facility for over 12 months and felt that the treatment was worth the cost.
M.W. gave a five star rating for facility cleanliness; four stars for visitor policy; and four stars for staff support. M.W. also gave a five stars for the quality of counseling services offered, for quality of group counseling services offered, and the frequency of meetings. The alum indicates that she attended up to four group sessions per day and a total of 24 group sessions per week. She felt that the group structure allowed members to lead discussions and engage in constructive dialogues. Overall, she gave the facility five out of five stars. She agreed that she would recommend the facility to a friend or loved one who was considering rehab and would also consider re-entering this facility again herself if ever needed.
WHAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, there was one friend or family member who has been polled by Rehabs.com. The client, J.A. gave the facility three stars for treatment effectiveness. The loved one disagreed when asked if the facility offered counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference and if family and loved ones were able to participate in treatment through facility programming. When asked about the facility’s strengths, J.A. wrote some of the faculty members do make an effort to help patients. J.A. felt that a strength of the facility was that, “Some of the faculty do really make an effort to help some of the patients.” He wrote that the facility could improve upon the fact that “Outside drugs are still easily available to.patients with very little effort.” He also added that There just isn't much to chose from here and people don't expect much.” Overall, strongly disagreed when asked if he would recommend the facility to a friend or family member who was considering treatment.
The cost of treatment at the facility is not published. According to HealthGrove, the center accepts Medicaid, State Insurance (Other than Medicaid), Military Insurance, and Access to Recovery (ATR) Voucher.
Published on July 2017
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