Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Philosophy
Treating addiction. Transforming lives.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been saving lives and restoring families from substance abuse and addiction for more than 60 years. We offer every patient the best chance of lifelong recovery.
Areas of Specialization
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
Executive Director for Hazelden in Chicago
Ramsen Kasha, MBA, MS, CADC, LCPC, has been in the field of addiction treatment and mental health for over 15 years and with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation since 2005. During his tenure, Ramsen has worked as a counselor in the structured recovery housing, supervised the intake department, and served as the clinical director. In 2013, he assumed his current role as executive director. Ramsen is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of Illinois. He holds dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology and has a master in human services counseling with professional graduate certificates in addictions counseling and employee assistance counseling from National Louis University. He also obtained an MBA in Healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. Ramsen has presented at conferences and in the media on a wide variety of topics, including: Motivational Interviewing; Differences Between the Coaching Model and Counseling; The Growth of Opioid Use in America; and Trends in Drug Use and Addictions Treatment.
Director Clinical Services, Chicago
Robert Carty, LCSW, CADC, CCJP, for more than 35 years, has served in the addictions treatment profession in various roles - counselor, supervisor, trainer, author, mentor, board member and administrator. This included more than a decade of coordinating an accredited training program in Chicago to prepare individuals to become addictions counselors. During this time, he co-wrote a book with William White and others entitled The Training Life. From 1998 to 2003, he worked as a Deputy Director of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, designing and implementing programs to help parolees from the Illinois Department of Corrections sustain drug-free and crime-free lives in their communities across the state. Later, Bob developed Partnerships in Clinical Training and Consultation (PCTC), providing consulting services to recovery-based programs spanning the country from New England to Alaska. The key focus of this technical assistance was on Recovery Management principles, such as peer-based, recovery support and recovery-oriented systems of care. In 2011, the Illinois Certification Board named him the "Professional of the Year" for his service to this field. Following his PCTC years, he was the Program Coordinator of Harborview Recovery Center, a hospital-based treatment program. In August, 2015, he was extremely pleased to join the team at the Chicago facility of Hazelden Betty Ford as its Director of Clinical Services. Throughout his career, Bob has sought to help clients to initiate sustainable recovery and to help clinicians to provide high-quality services.
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ABOUT HAZELDEN BETTY FORD FOUNDATION
One of the nationally recognized Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s facilities spanning nine states, Hazelden in Chicago provides day treatment and morning and evening intensive outpatient (IOP) sessions for adults and teens. It is one of the 168 (26.5 percent) of state facilities that offer treatment options specifically for teens. For those lacking a supportive home environment, the established nonprofit also runs a structured sober living facility in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The facility in Chicago does not offer detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Hazelden in Chicago is one of Illinois’ 344 (54.3 percent) of nonprofit treatment facilities. It combines the Hazelden’s commitment to the 12-Steps with evidence-based approaches. Following an initial assessment of alcohol, drugs, and co-occurring disorders, clients may choose the outpatient track best suited to their needs: day treatment, morning IOP, or evening IOP.
Considered the most intense level of care, day treatment runs Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With sessions taking place both morning and evening, IOP is an effective step-down option for those transitioning out of residential treatment or others experiencing a relapse. In both tracks, clients receive personalized plans as well as recommendations for continuing care.
Regardless of their scheduling needs and availability, all clients enrolled in outpatient treatment have additional access to Hazelden in Chicago’s gender-specific structured sober living facility. As residents, they’ll benefit from 24-hour supervision, drug testing, life skills training, easy access to 12-step meetings, and recovery coaching. It is one of the 249 (39.3 percent) of Illinois facilities with programs for women, and the 260 (41.1 percent) of facilities in Illinois with programs for men.
Hazelden in Chicago also run “Teen Intervene,” a unique three-session counseling program for at-risk teens. In a one-on-one setting with an assigned counselor, teens come to better understand the impact of substance abuse and, ultimately, make healthier decisions. For teens in need of more regular treatment, there’s an IOP track that takes place four evenings throughout the week.
At no additional cost, the facility holds weekly support groups for families.
Led by a medical director who is a board-certified psychiatrist, treatment staff include master’s level clinical case managers, licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), and certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The sober living community is housed in a "gracious brownstone” in Chicago. The gender-specific facility has laundry machines on-site and permits smoking in designated areas. It is one of the 149 (23.5 percent) of facilities in Illinois that are accredited by the Joint Commission.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
From the seven alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, alumni of the Chicago location of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation gave overwhelmingly positive feedback. “This was the best decision I have ever made,” alum M.M. reported to Rehabs.com; “It saved my life.” P.C., who similarly reported being “saved,” called Hazelden in Chicago a “wonderful facility with great staff.”
Family Participation: 4.5/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.9/5
Counseling Options: 4.7/5
In line with the facility’s claim that recovery plans are designed in a “holistic and individualized way,” alumni also gave high ratings for the facility’s holistic offerings. In their written commentary, alumni celebrated the program as tough but effective, and the staff as “knowledgeable” and “professional.” “This facilities treatment plan was challenging but effective,” another asserted.
Criticism only came in the form of high treatment costs, noted by two anonymous alumni. Even so, both of these reviewers believed in the benefits of the treatment, one of whom wrote, "but the results are worth it."
On Google, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars from six reviews to date. While five of the six reviews were perfect five-star ratings, one three-star reviewer wrote how there “should be live, recovered person to answer the phone” instead of a voicemail and noted a lack of communication options.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
With only one exception, reviews by four loved ones were generally positive. Together, they highlighted the amenities, programming, and staff, but considered the location and price to be weaknesses.
Family Participation: 3.8/5
Counseling Options: 3.5/5
“Staff is very helpful,” one reviewer wrote. “Group discussions were a strength of the facility,” added another. By contrast, the fourth reviewer compared Hazelden in Chicago to jail, writing, “It was an awful place!!”
Hazelden is part of 415 (65.6 percent) of facilities in Illinois that accept private insurance and is in-network with major insurers like Aetna and Cigna. Financial assistance and payment plans are available, though the facility does not accept Medicare or Medicaid.
Published on August 2019
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