Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center Philosophy
The Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center Meharry Medical College is staffed by a diverse team of psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed alcohol and drug addiction counselors, master social workers, case managers and other professionals who work to tailor evidence-based and culturally sensitive treatment programs to meet the individual needs of each patient. Of particular note is the specialized Rainbow Program is designed to meet the needs of substance-using pregnant and post-partum women.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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
A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Epps has upheld the mission of Meharry since 1994 serving in various roles including Professor of Internal Medicine, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1997-2002. Dr. Epps is the only African-American woman with a Ph.D. degree to become Dean of a U.S. medical school. She holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Howard University. Prior to assuming the role of President, Dr. Epps was Senior Advisor to the President and Dean Emerita in the School of Medicine.
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ABOUT LLOYD C. ELAM MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Located in Nashville, Tenn., the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center is part of the Meharry Medical College, a century-old institution celebrated for being the first medical school in the South for African Americans. Today, the established treatment facility provides evidence-based, culturally sensitive addiction treatment that stresses an emotional grounding and the life skills required to lead a sober, productive lifestyle.
An on-site Suboxone clinic provides outpatient treatment for opioid addiction, combining medication with group and/or individual therapy.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Per its website, the Elam Mental Health Center offers detoxification, 28-day residential care, and up to eight weeks of intensive outpatient (IOP) and standard outpatient treatment options for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions. There are also special programs geared towards adolescents, clients with dual diagnoses, and pregnant and postpartum women, all featuring individual, group, and family therapy.
For teens between the ages of 13 and 18, the Adolescent Day Treatment (ADT) program is a state-funded, 35-day after school program focused on addiction education. As an outpatient program, sessions run weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The facility’s Rainbow Program, designed exclusively for expectant and new mothers struggling with addiction, offers a full range of supportive and educational services across both residential and outpatient settings. These may include help with food, clothing, shelter, and transportation, family and couples counseling, parenting training, family planning services, child care, mental health services, medication management, and referrals to other social services.
Aftercare and community referrals are also available for those who complete a recovery program.
The staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, registered nurses, trained addiction counselors, case managers, master’s level social workers, and other highly trained, experienced substance abuse professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The facility has received mixed reviews from alumni to date. In the only available Rehabs.com review, former client Minard gave the facility top marks for staff support. Though she was unsuccessful in her own attempt at recovery, she admitted that she wasn’t fully decided on it, advising prospective clients: “You have to go in as a patient with a mind to be clean.”
On Citehealth, where the center received an average rating of 2.8 out of five stars from 10 individuals to date, alumni praised the center’s affordability. One alum noted that it “overall serves a great need for those that are uninsured,” and another echoed the sentiment, posting: “Elam Center saved my life. I have tried many times to get my life back on track at the cost of many thousands of dollars. Finally I [succeeded] with the help of a place that didn't cost me a penny. Like many of us they are not rich and have to be frugal with what they have, but they are rich in caring understanding and providing a way.”
Nevertheless, several reviewers on Citehealth were unhappy with their interactions with the staff, as one summed up their experience here as “very disappointing,” adding: “Its sad when you go somewhere for help and the staff is too wrapped up in all their own high school drama with each other to pay attention to clients. Groups were three times a day and it was rare that a facilitator showed up to teach them.”
Additionally, on Google, there are two one-star reviews (out of five) and both complained about long wait times in the lobby. One anonymous reviewer wrote: "Along with the wait times being 1- 2 hours long, they keep you coming back by only giving you a one month supply of your medication, even if you've been taking this medication for years."
The Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, amongst other insurance plans, and self-pay. For those who qualify, the facility also offers financial assistance to help with treatment costs.
Published on July 2017
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