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
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.
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.
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ABOUT BENILDE HALL PROGRAM
Located in a leafy residential area in southeastern Kansas City, Mo., the Benilde Hall Program is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides treatment in a transitional housing setting for local homeless men who are struggling with substance abuse and, often, co-occurring mental health disorders. The center also 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 indicated that treatment at Benilde Hall combined individual and group counseling with community groups and community service; in particular, the facility’s website mentioned 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 services that are tailored to each client’s needs: services include 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.
According to the facility’s website, there’s 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
“Great place for Veterans that are homeless to go too,and start rebuilding their lives back together,” Chad wrote in the only review submitted to Rehabs.com to date.
At the time of this writing, secondary sites yielded almost exclusively positive feedback, with a 4.5-star average rating based on four reviews left on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), and a 3.8-star average rating based on four reviews on Google.  “Benilde Hall is the worst place on EARTH,” C.G. wrote on Google in the only outright negative review. “A relatively safe place for recovery. I wouldn't suggest it to someone who doesn't like rules, chores, and long lines,” K.B. wrote on Facebook, in a more measured three-star review, but M.L.M. was more effusive, writing: “This place help me get my life back,” in one of the few remaining comments.
According to the facility’s website, the annual cost to provide treatment for one client is $20,075, but most costs are covered by donations to the organization.
Updated May 2017
Published on June 2017
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