Benilde Hall Program Philosophy
Benilde Hall is a Kansas City based substance abuse treatment program that provides guidance, training, and housing for individuals in the community struggling with homelessness and addiction. Through Belinde Hall’s vocational opportunities program, men are provided with job training and employment in hands-on occupations such as lawn services, snow removal, painting, and handyman services. Benilde Hall also offers dual diagnosis treatment for individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues and provides treatment post-discharge such as aftercare services and permanent housing.
Areas of Specialization
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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ABOUT BENILDE HALL PROGRAM
Located in a residential area in southeastern Kansas City, Mo., the Benilde Hall Program is a nonprofit organization, which make up about 72 percent of all treatment facilities in Missouri. It provides treatment in a transitional housing setting for local homeless men who are struggling with substance abuse or co-occurring mental health disorders. The center operates some permanent housing units for men who successfully graduate the program. Many clients are military veterans. Benilde Hall does not offer medical detox services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The length of treatment varies according to the individual client’s needs, but staff check in on each client’s progress after 30, 60, and 90 days.
An annual report indicates that treatment at Benilde Hall combines individual and group counseling with community groups and community service. The center's website mentions dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Seeking Safety among its services.
Psychological and psychiatric services are available for individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders. The center also offers HIV testing, health literacy education groups, and case management. Programming includes employment counseling, living skills training, and legal advocacy and referrals.
Clients who are abstinent from all substances and remain compliant with their treatment plans are eligible for Benilde Hall’s compensated work program, which provides jobs related to landscaping, snow removal, painting, and facility repair and maintenance.To successfully graduate, clients must be abstinent, have improved income, and move to stable housing.
The treatment center recently opened another facility called the Safe Haven program. This program offers services to homeless adults including women.
According to Benilde Hall's website, there is an on-site psychologist and a psychiatric nurse. There is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Located in a suburban neighborhood, Benilde Hall can accommodate up to 65 men at a time, and there are an additional 12 units for permanent housing. The center’s website depicts straightforward, no-frills accommodations.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
There has been only one alum to leave a review on Rehabs.com at time of writing, and they did not rate any of the provided metrics. “Great place for Veterans that are homeless to go too,and start rebuilding their lives back together,” the alum wrote in their brief commentary.
However, reviews on secondary websites show positive opinions about Benilde Hall. To date, the eight people who left reviews on the center's Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, left a 4.8 out of five star average. Almost all reviewers provided positive commentary and praised the treatment program. "If you want recovery this is the place to get it. I will always be greatful for Benilde hall and their staff. Place saved my life," Nate wrote in a representative review.
The seven people who gave Google Reviews for the center at the time of this writing provided an average of 4.3 out of five stars. Only one person gave a negative review and called the center the worst. Yet, many individuals praised the program and its staff. "This place help me get my life back in order," an alum wrote in a representative review.
According to Benilde Hall's website, the annual cost to provide treatment for one client is $20,075, but most costs are covered by donations to the organization.
Published on April 2018
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