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ABOUT WVU MEDICINE – CHESTNUT RIDGE CENTER
Chestnut Ridge Center, part of West Virginia University School of Medicine, offers short-term inpatient, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and outpatient-based services for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with mental health issues and/or chemical dependency. The psychiatric hospital also provides an opioid-specific recovery program and medically monitored detoxification for adults.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, patients undergo a multidisciplinary psychiatric and substance abuse assessment to determine the most appropriate level of care. The goal of the hospital is to stabilize its patients and refer them to less intense plans of care. Chemically dependent adults who require inpatient treatment and detoxification are generally hospitalized for an average of five days.
The adult addiction program includes a combination of 12-step immersion and evidence-based therapeutic methods. Clients attend 12-step meetings, as well as participate in individual therapy and group counseling sessions. The opioid-specific program also incorporates medication-assisted therapy to minimize withdrawal symptoms and alleviate cravings. Outpatient sessions and the partial hospitalization program are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
To treat primary mental health disorders, Chestnut Ridge Center combines counseling services with medication management. Through therapeutic sessions, child and adolescent programs address relevant developmental issues, while adult treatment focuses on topics such as work and relationships. Life skills sessions address issues such as anger management, impulse control, values clarification, and decision-making skills. Family therapy and/or couples counseling may also be a recommended.
Chestnut Ridge Center employs a large, multidisciplinary staff comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, substance abuse counselors, mental health specialists, registered nurses, and dieticians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
As a hospital, Chestnut Ridge Center offers a therapeutic, clinical, and safe atmosphere conducive to patient stabilization, with separate, designated units for adults, children, and adolescents. Patients are closely monitored and have 24/7 access to medical attention and nursing care. According to Rehabs.com survey responses, most respondents approved of accommodations and the cleanliness of the facilities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com showed mixed opinions of Chestnut Ridge Center’s programs. Ratings for overall treatment effectiveness ranged from moderately poor to excellent. Alumni tended to report a lack of holistic inclusion, while approving of the amount of family involvement and the experience of staff members. One anonymous alum told Rehabs.com: “Good counselors were a strength. No free time to think...unwind...relax...all treatment...to many group sessions not enough one on one.” Another alum simply said: “Helpful staff. Scary place to be.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones also provided polarizing feedback. While many agreed that the staff was a strength and the program effectively addressed co-occurring disorders, some commented on family involvement and reported ineffective treatment. A parent of a patient told Rehabs.com: “The staff is well trained and genuinely cares about patients. The facility does not offer treatment that works.” Discussing family involvement, another loved one said: “They kind of leave you out of decisions on what treatments would be best for your loved one.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Staff reported excellent treatment with a highly experienced staff, although they did admit cost as a weakness. Citing staff as the program’s strength, one former employee described the staff as “caring” and Chestnut Ridge Center as a “successful program” in a Rehabs.com survey.
Chestnut Ridge Center works with a range of major insurance providers, and financial assistance may be available to qualified patients. However, medication-assisted therapy in the opioid program is not covered by financial assistance.
Published March 2016
Published on February 2017
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