Community Assessment & Treatment Services Philosophy
To promote the social justice needs of the community by providing high-quality, cost-effective, evidence-based interventions that comprehensively address the chemical dependency and behavioral health needs of a diverse clientele. CATS will be known for cultivating the dignity and self-worth of people by offering community-based recovery from addiction, mental illness, and criminal behavior.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Meet the Staff
Roxanne Wallace, MA
Founder & Executive Director
Ms. Wallace, Executive Director of CATS, founded the organization 25 years ago. From its humble beginnings as a DWI diversion program to its current status as one of Cuyahoga County’s premier treatment centers, Ms. Wallace has overseen the incredible growth the agency has experienced. Over the years, CATS has continually added a variety of mental health and chemical dependency services at its core campus and at satellite offices.
John Scalish, LICDC-CS, ICCS
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Scalish has been with Community Assessment and Treatment Services since October 2002. Throughout his years with the agency, he has served in various capacities, before assuming his current duties as Clinical Director, including men's residential counselor, Forensic Program Manager, Drug Court Liaison and Outpatient Program Manager. He holds a BA in sociology from John Carroll University with a focus in Criminal Justice, and a Masters of Education from Cleveland State University in Community Agency Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor Clinical Supervisor and an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor.
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ABOUT COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT SERVICES
Located in a residential area of Cleveland, Ohio, Community Assessment & Treatment Services (CATS) offers residential and outpatient programs to adults struggling with substance use disorder. According to its website, part of the organization's mission is to help under-served populations, including those who have been incarcerated. CATS is one of 134 Ohio treatment facilities to provide services for criminal justice clients, which makes up 33% of facilities in the state.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients are given a comprehensive assessment upon admission which is used to create an individualized treatment plan. All programs at CATS utilize evidence-based techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and social learning. In addition to group therapy and one-on-one counseling, clients are also provided with case management services and are drug testing regularly.
The facility offers two gender-specific residential programs, both of which last 30 to 90 days. There's also a longer-term program for men called The Cognitive Changes / Therapeutic Community, which provides up to six months of residential treatment. CATS is one of 75 facilities in New Jersey (nearly 19%) to offer long-term residential care that last longer than 30 days.
Outpatient programs offer various levels of intensity and typically meet anywhere from one to four days a week. CATS also offers a specialized program called Changing Faces, which provides day treatment to incarcerated women who are close to being released.
The treatment team includes a psychiatrist, a licensed social worker, and a (licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. To date, the six alumni who evaluated the staff's level of training and experience for Rehabs.com gave it mediocre ratings.
Staff's level of training and experience: 3.2/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements, though the website does note that entire CATS campus is tobacco-free. Cell phones, laptops, and other personal devices that can access the Internet are also prohibited. The six former clients polled by Rehabs.com about the facility's maintenance and amenities gave above-average ratings.
Accommodations and amenities: 4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave CATS mixed reviews; of the 11 former clients polled to date, six gave negative reviews while five provided positive feedback. Former clients who were happy with their treatment consistently praised the staff for their relatability. "The point they were trying to convey came across," wrote an anonymous alumn in a review representative of positive feedback."The counselors re former addicts and related to myself a lot."
Complaints from Rehabs.com reviewers included run-down facilities, rude treatment, and a lack of addiction education.
CATS earned an average ratings of 3.3 out of five stars based on seven Google reviews and 4.5 out of five stars based on 35 Facebook reviews (which the rehab has the ability to edit. The two alumni who left commentary on Google reported positive experiences, including Reginald who wrote: "Cats is a place of recovery and to put your life back on track."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date, just one gave CATS a positive review, though they also noted that they had not yet had the opportunity to observe much of the treatment process: "Councilors seem educated although I have only been allowed there once. I look for passion in them but that is to be determined," the anonymous reviewer noted.
The other five respondents all offered mixed feedback. Positive comments praised the food, the structured environment, and the community counseling, particularly on the topic of co-dependency. "It was beneficial to learn boundaries and behavior the addict has to manipulate you," noted K.K. Complaints ranged from rude treatment from staff to unhelpful groups and a lack of exercise, leisure activities, and one-on-one counseling.
According to the facility’s website, self-pay and Medicaid are accepted. The website also notes that some programs are provided through contracts and grants. A number of alumni reported attending for free, including a Google reviewer name Joshua who noted: "Did not have to pay a cent ( besides my criminal conviction). Thanks cuyahoga county drug court."
Published on November 2018
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