Create, Inc. - Project Create Residence Philosophy
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ABOUT CREATE, INC. - PROJECT CREATE RESIDENCE
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 and co-occurring disorders. This nonprofit organization'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. provides medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone) to help minimize the discomfort of opioid withdrawal.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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,” Project Create Residence utilizes 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 utilize several treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), to help clients identify irrational thinking patterns, modify behavior, and set obtainable goals to support recovery. Counseling in this gender-specific setting also may address issues that commonly affect men struggling with chemical dependency, such as anger management, stress management, emotional regulation, and relationship repair.
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 consult with psychiatrists to provide counseling and medication management for residents 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 offer placement services for job opportunities, vocational training, and school enrollment. To assist the transition back into the community after completing residential treatment, case managers may refer them to Create, Inc.’s other services, such as outpatient-based programs, supportive housing, and aftercare.
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 technicians, interns, and volunteers may help support day-to-day operations.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
On the Create, Inc. website, a photo of the Project Create Residence depicts a well-kept brownstone building with many windows on a tree-lined street. The employee polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing approved of the facility and its amenities, offering a perfect five-star rating for cleanliness and upkeep and a four star rating for availability of exercise and leisure activities.
WHAT STAFF SAY
A staff member polled by Rehabs.com offered positive feedback about Project Create Residence. Along with the facility’s accommodations, the employee praised the programming and staff. The survey respondent offered perfect five-star ratings for discharge planning, treatment of co-occurring disorders, and family participation in treatment. The employee also provided four-star ratings for counseling options and the staff’s level of experience and training. “Personalized treatment was great,” they wrote; however, the staff member felt upper management failed to engage with clients.
Secondary source Indeed.com revealed more mixed employee opinions of the organization as a whole, not specifically Project Create Residence.  Eleven reviewers submitted an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars for Create, Inc. While some felt the organization employed effective personnel, they 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 on November 2017
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