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ABOUT FIRETREE, LTD.
Firetree, Ltd., is a nonprofit founded in 1991 to provide transitional substance misuse treatment to adult men and women associated with the criminal justice system. Now, in addition to three such transitional living facilities, the organization operates four facilities offering residential detoxification treatment to adult men and women who are struggling with substance misuse but are not yet involved in the criminal justice system. The facilities are in both town and rural settings, in the western Pennsylvania communities of Hummelstown, Blairsville, Pottsville, and Beavertown.
With both short- and long-term options, Firetree is one of 143 treatment facilities (27.1 percent) in Pennsylvania to offer residential treatment. In addition to inpatient treatment options, Firetree offers outpatient treatment through a joint venture with Genesis House, Inc.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Firetree views addiction as a chronic disease. Its centers are established as modified therapeutic communities, in which peers help each other through treatment. The program uses the 12-Steps alongside evidence-based methodologies such as the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) approach, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing (MI).
The detox program offers medication-assisted therapy (MAT) when appropriate, including buprenorphine/Suboxone. Firetree is one of only 43 facilities (8.1 percent) in Pennsylvania that provides in-patient detoxification treatment and one of only 758 (4.1 percent) in the state to offer buprenorphine treatment.
Along with attending daily on-site 12-step meetings and fellowship lectures, clients participate in a structured schedule of psychoeducational classes, coping skills training, and group counseling sessions, including gender-specific groups and dedicated groups for those struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders.
Firetree also employs what they call a Relapse Court, a unique component of Conewago inpatient treatment programs. Relapse Court is a structured relapse-prevention model that assists clients in effective discharge planning. Before a client successfully completes treatment, the client’s relapse prevention plan must be peer-approved.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, however, the three individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave generally positive reviews. One representative anonymous reviewer wrote that the "Staff is very personable. They genuinely care if you're willing to try."
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Conewago Place in rural Hummerstown, Pa., has 55 beds for residential treatment for males aged 18 years and older. Conewago Pottsville, in the small city of Pottsville, has 20 detox beds and 24 residential beds for adult men and women. Conewago Indiana, located in the small city of Blairsville, Pa., offers 34 beds for adult men and women. And Conewago Snyder, on farmland in Beavertown, Pa., offers 79 beds for men and women, including a gender-separate unit for 24 women. Clients share bedrooms at all Conewago facilities.
The three individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date gave Firetree, Ltd., generally positive reviews for both accommodations & amenities as well as meals & nutrition.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave a generally positive review and would recommend Firetree. “They genuinely care if you're willing to try… They treated me with respect and 4 months after discharge they still routinely check on me,” the anonymous alum wrote of Firetree's Conewago Snyder facility. The alum gave the facility four stars in most of the evaluated treatment metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, holistic offerings, family participation, and counseling options.
On Google, 12 reviews of Firetree from alumni were mixed and extremely polarized with all respondents giving the facility either one or five stars out of five. One alum, James, who was representative of negative reviewers wrote, "Conewago is not at all concerned about your detox/recovery at all."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly positive feedback, both awarding the center five stars for its treatment effectiveness, and three- and four-star ratings for its counseling options and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Reviews of the facility’s family participation were mixed giving it a one-star rating and a five-star rating. “Willing to work with any addiction,” one anonymous reviewer wrote, and the other added: “The help they give was a strength.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staffer, K.M., polled by Rehabs.com to date would recommend this facility and praised Firetree's individualized programming, in particular. The staffer gave Firetree five stars in all the evaluated treatment metrics, including honesty, staff’s experience levels, and the overall quality of care. “Our mission statement is ‘Together building a new way of life,’” the staffer wrote.
At the time of this writing, Firetree had a three-star average rating out of five, based on reviews from five employees posting on Indeed.com and Glassdoor.The reviewers tended to describe a hardworking staff, for the most part, with a few less diligent employees. “Pros: training,mission there were some people that really cared about the job and that tried to help each other,” one anonymous former counselor wrote in a representative review on Glassdoor.
Conewago facilities work with a range of private insurance companies. Uninsured and underinsured clients who cannot afford treatment may still be eligible for program admission through county funding, or state medical assistance via HealthChoices. The three individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it a one-star rating, a three-star rating, and a four-star rating.
Published on May 2018
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