Footprints to Recovery Pennsylvania Executive Director, Bridgette Vail, MA, MBA answers frequently asked questions.
Our admissions department really does a nice job of identifying those individuals that are going to be best suited for our program and I think understanding what each of our facilities has to offer is the first step. And so, that initial intake or assessment is going to help determine where they’re best suited or where their needs are, what makes the most sense. From that point, they’re sent to the facility and meeting with an admissions counselor that’s going to do a full on bio-psychosocial assessment to determine what the specific needs and areas of need are. Based on that assessment, we can identify the most appropriate clinician to work with that client and really engage them at the best level of care, taking into account ASAM and clinical criteria to make clinical decisions about the level of care that’s going to benefit them the most.
In Wayne, Pennsylvania specifically, we have such a fantastic clinical team. Every one of our clinicians is licensed and we have an amazing nurse practitioner that worked on an acute psychiatric unit for over 20 years. We are really capable of managing anybody with any number of conditions, whether that’s substance abuse, mental health, comorbid medical conditions. We really feel challenged when we get somebody that comes to the table with a whole host of issues that need to be stabilized. Which really is where we’re skilled most is getting somebody back to baseline so that we can really start addressing what the underlying issues are. We know substance use is really just part of the puzzle, we need to make sure that we’re addressing all of these other issues concurrently so that we’re not leaving anything out.
We have multiple levels of care. We are outpatient-based, so our highest level of care is partial hospitalization level of care, and that’s a pretty intensive level of care. Five days a week, really an all day, fully-packed schedule from about nine to three. Our next level of care is intensive outpatient, which again is still intensive, but a little bit less of the day, so we’re about nine to 1:30 is the clinical day for intensive outpatient clients. Then we have a lower level or less intensive level of care, which is general outpatient, which is a few days a week, maybe even once a week, coming in for group and individual sessions, really running full scope outpatient services so that we can find out what’s most beneficial for each individual client.
I think the most important message to give somebody who’s in a position to really start looking at change and the possibility of change when it comes to recovery and sobriety is that recovery is possible. It is 100% possible if you get the right individual at the right time, under the right circumstances, with the right amount of support and structure, anything can happen.