Serving Maryland since 1934, Allegany County Health Department provides substance abuse services to the community, including detox, residential and outpatient recovery programs for both adults and adolescents. Located in Cumberland, Allegany County Health Department provides comprehensive and affordable treatment to local residents, using evidence-based practices, academics and the 12 steps.
Accommodations and Food
Allegany’s residential program is composed of two units—Massie and Jackson—located within the Thomas B. Finan Center, a state psychiatric hospital. The Joseph S. Massie Unit is a 31-bed adult rehab and the Lois E. Jackson Unit is for 24 adolescents. The facility is made up of small single-story cottages, connected by hallways. Male and female clients are housed in separate buildings, but all rooms have twin-sized beds, with one to two residents per room. There is no cost differential for single rooms—it’s just whatever is available at the time of arrival. Lavatories are shared between no more than six clients.
The main living area serves as a media room, which includes a large flat-screen TV and bookshelves with a variety of reading materials. Residents typically watch television in the morning until 8:30 am and also between 6 pm and 11 pm. There is also an on-site gym. No outside electronics of any kind are permitted on either unit, though clients can use the house phone according to a strict schedule.
Allegany residents eat hospital grade meals provided by Finan Center food service. Menu items include eggs, bacon and cereal for breakfast; soup, sandwiches and burgers for lunch and for dinner, residents enjoy meatloaf, chicken or turkey. Dishes adhere to dietary guidelines—a vegetable or fruit accompanies all entrees. Sugar and caffeine are on the menu, but intake is limited and monitored.
Treatment and Staff
Both units offer medical detox—five to seven days, depending on the client. All clients get a medical assessment and psychiatric consultation, dual diagnosis support, nursing and physician services, individual, group and family therapy. Groups include relapse prevention, personal growth and process groups, alcohol and drug education, 12 step groups and meetings, peer-support services and exercise. The adult program lasts for 21 to 28 days—for adolescents; the average stay is 60 days. The adolescent program includes academics. Certified teachers provide GED preparation & testing, remedial-educational classes, art therapy and educational field trips.
Clients go to group every day and individual therapy twice a week. CBT and DBT are the primary treatment modalities, in conjunction with the 12 steps. Off-site meetings are open to adult clients—transportation is provided—but adolescent clients do not leave the facility. Nightly mandatory meetings are held on the premises, one for the adults and another for the adolescents. Sponsorship is encouraged but not required.
Adult residents wake up at 6:45 am for breakfast at 7:30. Clients are either in group or individual therapy until lunch at noon. After lunch is free time until 3 pm. Addiction education, group and/or individual therapy are in session until dinner at 5:30 pm. After the final meal, clients have free time or more individual sessions until 7:30 pm. There is a 12-step meeting at 8 pm, then a snack, TV or recreation and lights out at 11 pm.
Jackson adolescents rise at 7:30 am and eat breakfast at 8 am. From 9 am to 10 am, they attend addiction education. School starts at 10:30 am until lunch at 12:30 pm. Classes go on until 2:30 pm. From 3 to 4 pm, residents either attend a presentation or are have individual therapy. Group therapy is from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6. The kids are given recreation time until their nightly 12-step meeting. They get a snack, free time, shower and then bed at 10 pm.
Allegany employs a total of 56 highly credentialed men and women—licensed and professional CADCs, Certified Addiction Counselors (CACs), nursing personnel, physicians, psychiatrists, certified teachers, a recreation therapist, peer specialists and community health workers. With all of Allegany’s personnel, its staff-to-client ratio is approximately one-to-one.
The family program consists of weekly education and a process group. Clients and loved ones are encouraged to attend and participate as much as possible. Both units have additional visitation, determined by clients and their treatment team.
Should residents be averse to the 12-step format, Allegany offers access to SMART Recovery as an alternative. Extra-curricular outings include bowling; field trips and going to the movies and residents can take advantage of the on-site gym.
Allegany County Health Department offers its clients an abundance of educated staff members, a full continuum of care and a solid adult program. The stand out is the adolescent residential program—school, sober peer recreation and age appropriate meetings are sure to make recovery more relatable to young people.
Allegany County Health Department
12501 Willowbrook Rd. SE
P.O. Box 1745
Cumberland, MD 21501-1745
Allegany County Health Department Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Allegany County Health Department by phone at (877) 463-3464 or by email at [email protected]. Find Allegany County Health Department on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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