Create, Inc. - Project Create Residence in New York, NY

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(4.3 of 5)
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121-123 West 111th Street
New York NY 10026

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Based in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Create, Inc. provides a range of treatment programs and services for adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health difficulties. The nonprofit treatment provider’s Project Create Residence is a residential program that provides chemical dependency treatment and vocational rehabilitation for adult men. While the facility does not offer detoxification services on-site, Create, Inc. does provide medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone) to help minimize the discomfort of opioid withdrawal.


Upon admission, clients undergo an initial assessment to identify major contributors to addictive behavior. According to the facility’s website, this evaluation assesses the “physical, mental, social, vocational and spiritual” condition of the resident. To identify and modify these “major life areas of the individual,” the Project Create Residence utilizes a range of evidence-based treatment approaches and the 12-step model of recovery.

During residential treatment, clients participate in a highly-structured schedule of group and individual counseling sessions. Counseling sessions utilize several treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), to help clients identify irrational thinking patterns, modify behavior, and motivate clients to set obtainable goals to support recovery. As a men’s-only facility, counseling sessions may also address issues that commonly affect men struggling with chemical dependency, such as anger management, stress management, emotional regulation, and repairing relationships.

Along with counseling sessions, clients are introduced to the philosophies and practices of 12-Step. Residents regularly attend 12-step meetings and may be encouraged to study fellowship literature and perform associated “step-work.” Residents also attend educational classes on independent living skills and relapse prevention techniques. The facility may also consult with psychiatrists to provide counseling and medication management for residents struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders.

In addition to treating chemical dependency, Project Create Residence emphasizes vocational rehabilitation as a key component to sustaining recovery. Along with core programming, clients receive vocational and life-direction counseling. Case managers also offer placement services for job opportunities, vocational training, and school enrollment. To assist residents transition back into the community after completing residential treatment, case managers may also encourage clients to utilize Create, Inc.’s other services, such as outpatient-based programs and supportive housing, as aftercare services.


Project Create Residence’s program is supervised by a licensed social worker who serves as a residential director. Counseling and educational services may be facilitated by licensed substance abuse counselors, while case managers, behavioral health technician, interns, and volunteers may help support day-to-day operations.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings; however, the sole employee polled by at the time of this writing approved of the facility and its amenities. Out of five stars, the employee offered a perfect five-star rating for the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep, as well as four-star rating for the availability of exercise opportunities and leisure activities.


Along with the facility’s accommodations, the employee also praised the facility’s programming and staff. The survey respondent offered perfect five-star ratings for the facility’s discharge planning, ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and the level of family participation in treatment. The employee also provided four-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options and the treatment staff’s level of experience and training. “Personalized treatment was great,” they wrote; however, the staff member did feel upper management failed to engage with clients.

Secondary sources revealed more mixed employee opinions of the organization as a whole. On Indeed, eight reviewers submitted an average rating of 2.8 out of five stars for Create, Inc.[1] While some staff members felt the organization employed effective personnel, some reviewers also criticized upper management. “The clinical/administrative staff are great for the most part, very supportive, eager to help and non judgmental,” one representative reviewer wrote; however, they described upper management as “non supportive, judgemental and money hungry.”


Create, Inc. accepts most private insurance plans and Medicaid. According to its website, the organization also assists individuals with obtaining a medical assistance plan.

Published March 2017


Published on April 2017

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Personalized treatment was great. A downfall was that upper management was removed from clients. Upper management does not know what is best for the clients.

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