Gundersen Health System Behavioral Health Philosophy
Gundersen Health System Behavioral Health provides substance abuse and mental health treatment services for adults, adolescents and children. Treatment options include detoxification, inpatient and residential programs, intensive outpatient care, halfway house, individual and family therapy, relapse prevention and aftercare groups, and medication-assisted treatment.
Areas of Specialization
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
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.
Meet the Staff
Kay Adams MSSW
Certified by the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists in Rational Living Therapy, training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Nancy Allen MS
Licensed Professional Counselor.
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ABOUT GUNDERSEN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH LA CROSSE
Gundersen Behavioral Health La Crosse, one of dozens of care facilities operated by the nonprofit Gundersen Health System (GHS) throughout western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and northeast Iowa, offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents faced with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
In addition to its designated psychiatric unit, the La Crosse-based GHS also runs two gender-specific residential homes, provides specialized treatment for eating disorders, sexual assault, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as medically monitored detox services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At intake, clients undergo an initial comprehensive assessment to determine the appropriate level of care they’ll need. Those requiring medical assistance begin with the detoxification program, where they may access methadone and Suboxone, while others proceed directly with residential inpatient or outpatient treatment.
Though details on the length of treatment are unavailable, all clients can expect to take part in a combination of individual and group psychotherapy, educational groups, and family counseling. Children and teens with behavioral problems may benefit from consultations with a Pediatric Care specialist.
Per the organization’s webpage, treatment staff include psychiatrists, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, recreational and occupational therapists, and master’s level therapists and substance abuse counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
GHS Behavioral Health’s 30-bed inpatient facility is divided into separate units for adults, adolescents, and others in need of specialized care. Though not a luxury facility, the behavioral health inpatient wing houses clients in private rooms, offering “abundant natural light, warm colors and access to outdoor courtyards with green space and water features.”
Both gender-specific residences - Unity Home for Men and Unity Home for Women - are in quiet, residential neighborhoods in La Crosse. Each can accommodate eight clients.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni coverage is limited. The single anonymous alum, who came to treatment as a referral, gave the facility five stars for the treatment, staff support, and the extracurricular opportunities available, amongst other categories. “Received appropriate treatment for my condition, one on one care with staff,” they added.
On CiteHealth, a pair of Unity House for Men alumni shared highly polarized recovery experiences. “This place changed my life,” the anonymous five-star reviewer maintained. “Great staff who will do whatever they can to help you. You get out what you put in and I am so happy I got a chance to be part of the house.” By contrast, the one-star reviewer referred to Unity House as a “very poorly run facility”, stating: “They have no understanding of the ‘Root Cause’ of addiction nor do they address it.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com as of this writing shared above average ratings for more than 10 categories, such as the counseling options, affordability of treatment, and the staff’s level of training and experience. When asked, on a scale from one to five, how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the three reviewers gave an average rating of 3.67.
In their commentary, one described the staff as “friendly,” while another told Rehabs.com that the “location and rooms were nice.” “Close to home to area is known, but not too involving,” the third noted, adding: “seemed similar to most programs.”
GHS suggests that prospective clients contact their insurance providers to determine coverage benefits. Financial assistance may also be available for those who qualify.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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