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ABOUT WEEMS COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Founded in 1970, Weems Community Mental Health Center is a non-political subdivision of the State of Mississippi that provides mental health care from offices in nine Mississippi counties. The Lauderdale County center, at the address listed above, is the main location in the network. This center offers residential and outpatient care for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis, as well as outpatient care for mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
On all programs, the primary treatment modalities are individual, group, and family counseling. Weems’ materials indicate that the organization also uses the 12-Steps, though a Rehabs.com review indicated that treatment is neither strongly rooted in the 12-Steps not strongly faith-based. 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 aged 18 and over from Weems’ LifeCare Recovery Center. For clients who need a longer stay, there are also facilities for residential care lasting up to 60 days, during which clients may work during the day.
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, the single individual polled to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it two out of five stars. Another individual, polled on the level of support they received from staff, gave a four-star rating in this category.
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 indicate what these activities might be. Electronic devices are not permitted on-site, but visitors are welcome on weekend afternoons after the first seven days of treatment.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly very positive feedback. M.W. gave the center five stars overall, as well as four stars for the overall quality of its individual counseling and five stars for the overall quality of its group counseling. “Overall, very good program,” they wrote; however, their review also indicated that extracurricular activities might be lacking at Weems — they gave the center just one- and two-star ratings for its exercise, leisure, and holistic options.
The single review Rehabs.com was unable to uncover on a secondary review site was negative. Anthony, writing on HealthGrove, complained that the center would not help him to access vital medications after he missed an appointment, and continued: “They aided in sending a previous drug problem patient back into the streets for self medication. They turned their back on someone suicidal.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date would not recommend treatment at Weems. They gave the center three stars for its overall effectiveness, two stars for its counseling options, and just one star for its treatment for co-occurring disorders and its holistic options. “Some of the faculty do really make an effort to help some of the patients,” they wrote, but added: “Outside drugs are still easily available to.patients with very little effort.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Staff reviewing Weems Community Mental Health Center on secondary sites gave mostly positive feedback: the center had an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars on Indeed.com, based on four reviews, and a three-star rating and a four-star rating on Glassdoor.  The reviewers frequently praised their coworkers, the opportunity to help people, and the general work environment. “There were some amazing clients and coworkers to work with, and for the most part other staff were friendly and helpful,” one anonymous former therapist wrote in a representative review. In the few isolated negative comments, one reviewer cited low pay and another, excessive paperwork.
A 30-day stay at the residential treatment center costs $3,000, and the extended 60-day program costs an extra $1,290. The center does not indicate whether it accepts insurance.
Published December 2016
Published on April 2017
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