New Leaf Lodge Philosophy
New Leaf Lodge provides residential and outpatient services for adult women struggling with substance abuse. Together, clients and staff at New Leaf Lodge work toward goal attainment, behavioral and cognitive skills training, and the development of recovery support. This facility is one of many operated by Human Service Center (HSC), a behavioral healthcare organization serving the heart of Illinois. Nearby, clients can access medication-assisted treatment for opiate dependence, which consists of the monitored prescription of either Methadone or Suboxone, as well as individual and group counseling, physician consultations, and medical evaluations.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Meet the Staff
Michael G. Kennedy
President & CEO
Mike Kennedy is President and Chief Executive Officer for HSC. Kennedy joined the HSC in 1976. He oversees the clinical and administrative programs for mental health and substance abuse programs of HSC. Since being promoted to president in 2014, Kennedy’s interest has been in the development of clinical and administrative skills of the direct service and supervisor staff. Kennedy has a wide range of experience within HSC and has worked as an activity therapist in a day treatment program, live-in manager at a residential facility, direct service provider and then supervisor of a community-based crisis program for youth, and then as a prevention specialist for adolescents. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education.
Arun Pinto, M.D.
Corporate Medical Director
Arun Pinto, M.D., is chief medical officer and vice president at the HSC. He is a working psychiatrist and supervises staff physicians, as well as provides oversight for contractual physicians who work at company facilities. Dr. Pinto holds an appointment as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, where he teaches third year medical students and family practice residents. Prior to working at HSC, Dr. Pinto was the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Methodist Medical Center. He was also a part-time medical director for the Department of Psychiatry at Methodist. Dr. Pinto received his medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. He completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in 1977 and followed with a fellowship in child psychiatry at the same institution. He is board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry.
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ABOUT NEW LEAF LODGE
A part of the Illinois-based Human Service Center (HSC), New Leaf Lodge, in Peoria, Ill., offers residential and outpatient treatment for adult women struggling with substance abuse issues. A similar facility for men, called Knolls Center for Change, is located a few miles away. Other services available at HSC’s various locations include non-emergency intake and assessment, mobile crisis intervention, psychiatric care, medication-assisted treatment, medically supervised detoxification, and outpatient treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to HSC’s website, New Leaf Lodge offers “individualized services based on assessment, exploration of the individual's community support system and their motivation to change.”
The facility also mentions that participants build “recovery capital.” In other words, clients grow their support networks while in treatment to ensure a successful transition. According to CiteHealth, New Leaf Lodge offers both short- and long-term residential treatment.
Treatment utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral skills training, individual counseling, group sessions, and psychoeducational classes. After residential treatment, HSC encourages residents to continue receiving care at its Transitions Outpatient facility nearby, where clients attend group sessions.
According to the facility’s website, HSC employs more than 250 people across all its facilities. Throughout all HSC facilities, there are board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, licensed clinical therapists, nurses, case managers, and residential specialists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently very little information provided on the facility's website or elsewhere regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. All but one individual polled gave the facility four- and five-star ratings for the facility’s accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received six alumni reviews for New Leaf Lodge. Five of the reviews were positive and one was very negative.
When asked if they would recommend the facility, alumni gave an average rating of four out of five stars. The staff’s level of training and experience, affordability, and cleanliness of the facility were all positives features, averaging greater than four out of five stars each.
Reviewers also identified some areas for improvement. For example, alum Farrah wrote: “The access to psychiatric help and the one on one therapy was excellent. However, there was no leisure activities to adjust to every day life situations.” The average for the facility’s holistic offerings two out of five stars. Alum D.M. gave the facility one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and wrote: “Poor staffing.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, two loved ones submitted feedback for
New Leaf Lodge to Rehabs.com. Their feedback is mixed.
One anonymous survey respondent indicated that New Leaf Lodge changed their loved one’s “whole outlook on life.” This reviewer awarded the facility maximum five-star ratings for affordability and family participation, but indicated that treatment was too short, writing: “only 30 days long she needed more time she keeps relapsing.”
The other loved one gave the facility only three out of five-star rating for treatment effectiveness, family participation and counseling options. However, the loved one gave the facility five out of five stars for affordability and accommodations.
According to the facility’s website, the facility accepts private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Published on October 2017
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