Tina Klem Serenity House Philosophy
The Tina Klem Serenity House in Bridgeport CT provides safety, support and a serene environment where women with substance abuse (often in addition to a traumatic history) can feel secure and supported through recovery. The psych-educational program offers help with life skills, parenting, job search and focuses on helping clients learn how to avoid relapse.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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
Dr. Guillermo Katigbak, MD
Dr. Guillermo Katigbak, MD has worked in the medical field for over 30 years. As Medical Director, with more than 20 years experience serving individuals with both addiction and mental health disorders, he prioritizes client care and safety as well as ensuring the provision of optimal medical care for each individual served. He is responsible for final decisions in regard to all aspects of medical care for RNP clients. Dr. Katigbak was instrumental in bringing new medications to RNP thereby greatly expanding client choice in determining individualized care. He provides direct oversight of all medical aspects of research studies conducted within RNP programs and works closely with the medical team in utilizing research to inform and support RNP clinical practices. Dr. Katigbak is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Tagalog. In addition to his role as medical director for RNP, Dr. Katigbak is a full time attending physician for the Emergency Department at Bridgeport Hospital.
Jennifer Kolakowski, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS
Chief Clinical Officer
Jennifer Kolakowski, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS, has worked in the social work profession since 1989. She is the Chief Clinical Officer and has been with RNP for 17 years. Jen earned her MSW degree from Fordham University in 1996 and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds credentials from the Connecticut Certification Board in Co-Occurring Treatment and Medication Assisted Treatment. Jen has over 21 years of experience in working with people who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS. She has extensive experience in working with individuals who have psychiatric disorders and have substance use disorders. Jen has authored, coauthored and implemented numerous successful grant proposals which have significantly expanded RNP clinical services to include scatter-site housing, transitional and permanent housing as well as a nationally recognized Residential Co-Occurring Enhanced Inpatient Treatment Facility. Under her leadership, Jen developed the first HIV/AIDS specific case management program in an emergency shelter setting. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Catherine Kennedy Award for Best Practices in housing individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Most recently, Jen has been instrumental in developing and implementing a Co-Occurring Intensive Outpatient Program within Prospect House Shelter. Jen has been a frequent guest lecturer at Southern Connecticut, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart. She is a Faculty Advisor for Fordham University-Graduate School of Social Service and teaches an Integrative Seminar. Jen is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition and is a member of the State of Connecticut Crisis Response Team.
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ABOUT TINA KLEM SERENITY HOUSE
Located in Bridgeport, Conn., Tina Klem Serenity House is a gender-specific rehab for women seeking treatment for substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. It is one of the 123 (58.6 percent) of statewide facilities that offer treatment options specifically for women. This facility is part of the Recovery Network of Programs (RNP), a nonprofit social service agency that has been serving the Bridgeport community since 1972. Detoxification services are not available on-site, but referrals to local detox facilities can be made.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Tina Klem Serenity House begins with a screening and assessment process. The program accepts only 12 women at a time and lasts 90 days, making it one of the state’s 31 (14.8 percent) long-term treatment facilities.
The facility welcomes individuals already seeking medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including Suboxone, methadone, and Vivitrol.
Treatment consists of a myriad of psycho-educational groups. Clients receive counseling that covers topics including anger management, health and wellness, coping skills, and relapse prevention. The program also addresses parenting, job readiness and employment, and other life skills.
The facility is one of 60 (28.6 percent) in the state that are accredited by CARF.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is in a two-story Victorian home with room for 12 women located in a residential neighborhood that has been refurbished by students from a local design school. The house was constructed in the late 1800s and has oversized windows and cathedral ceilings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, three alumni of Tina Klem Serenity House provided written commentary about their experiences to Rehabs.com. Two alumni provided mostly negative reviews, and one provided a positive review. Alumni noted how they felt “not supported by the majority of the staff” and that they “can’t deal with these people any longer.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received one negative review about Tina Klem Serenity House from a loved one. The friend of a former client wrote how “caseworkers there brainwash the client.”
According to Healthgrove, facilities with the Recovery Network of Programs accept state insurance, military insurance, and Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers while also offering sliding scale fees.
Published on August 2019
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