Alliance Clinical Services (ACS) is an outpatient treatment facility that offers healthcare services to the community of Utah County in American Fork, Utah. This mental health facility addresses addiction and substance abuse through individual, couples, family and group therapy for adults and adolescents. ACS was established in 2005 and offers expansive treatment to court-mandated clients with substance use disorders, as well as to those experiencing trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence or anger management issues.
ACS does not offer 12-step groups, though staff lead five levels of outpatient programs that run concurrently with courses like Prime for Life (PRI) substance abuse education as well as prevention courses. All those in treatment for substance abuse participate in the ACS Color Code system—a method of distinguishing who requires more random drug and alcohol testing than others throughout the program. At ACS, family unity and individual empowerment are the top priorities of treatment programs and psychoeducational courses.
Treatment and Staff
During intake and assessment, the Program Director determines each client’s treatment needs. Once an individualized treatment plan is developed, each client is assigned a color group corresponding to the outpatient track they are assigned to. Depending on their color, clients are randomly tested for drugs and alcohol anywhere from once a week to twice a month. ACS offers three basic outpatient programs and two Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Both self-referred and court-ordered clients are eligible for either program.
The Brief Outpatient Program (BOP) requires clients to complete PRI courses and alcohol and drug testing at random for 90 days. Clients are tested once a week, on average. The Short-Term Outpatient Program (STOP) requires clients to attend individual therapy twice a month, education or therapeutic groups once a week and testing on-site once a week. The average length of treatment is 12 weeks, but clients can also break up treatment into two six-week programs.
Lastly, the General Outpatient Program (GOP) requires clients to attend two individual sessions per month and either educational or groups once a week. Clients are tested an average of once a week, and the average length for GOP is 24 weeks. Clients have the option of breaking GOP into four six-week sessions.
Clients enrolled in the IOP are required to attend one individual session per week and three groups a week for six weeks. Clients can then step-down to the Modified IOP (MIOP). Clients are tested between two and four times a week.
Staff includes three therapists, one of whom is an MFT. There are also three Program Directors for specialty treatment: one for the sex issues and abuse program, one for mental health and dual-diagnosis support and one for domestic violence victims and offenders. Two Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) oversee clinical treatment and the Clinical Director supervises the staff in all programs. The Program Director of ACS substance abuse treatment is also a CASAC.
ACS uses evidence-based practices such as CBT, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and trauma-informed care in groups. Staff also refer clients to SMART Recovery meetings held off-site. ACS offers dual-diagnosis support groups, with a variety options such as the Grief Group, Women’s Empowerment and Medication Management sessions.
Programs for court-mandated clients include anger management groups, theft prevention and MRT and PFL/DUI psychoeducation classes. ACS has contracts with DCFS, DJJS, DWS and CVR in the local community.
Aftercare programs include a six-week (12 weeks for the STOP and GOP phases of treatment) Relapse Prevention seminar which costs $90. All who have gone through treatment are eligible—including those who have relapsed. Clients and community members can stay connected to services and programs by reading the ACS Newsletter.
Alliance Clinical Services provides an impressive range of outpatient programs. ACS’s professional staff offers a multitude of psychoeducational courses, all while requiring alcohol and drug testing through every aspect of treatment. Individuals seeking an outpatient program with more freedom and less structure might look elsewhere, as these programs require continuous commitment to recovery. Alliance Clinical Services has several tracks to choose from—all evidence based and employing a range of therapeutic methods.
Alliance Clinical Services
71 North 490 West
American Fork, UT 84003
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