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Bassett HouseThe Basics

Bassett House was founded in 1975 in Athens, Ohio, a quaint town in the southeastern region of the state. Bassett House is part of larger substance abuse treatment organization, Health Recovery Services which also offers a substance abuse recovery program for women, intervention services and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Basset House is an Ohio Department of Mental Health certified program providing residential treatment services to adolescent boys and girls in the Athens area.

Accommodations and Food

Bassett House is a one-story residence on an expansive 40-acre plot of land. The facility has 26 beds with two separate wings for males and females. Each room is furnished with three twin beds, three bedside tables and three closets for personal belongings. Each room also has a private bathroom shared among roommates.

The facility also has a living room with a TV. Recreation is highly encouraged as integral to recovery, and the facility has an outdoor basketball court and volleyball net. There is also an on-site classroom where clients attend regular classes during the school year to complete school requirements and work towards their GED.

Three meals a day are provided by the local school lunch program. Although clients are served a set menu, the food providers can accommodate special dietary needs or restrictions.

Treatment and Staff

All Bassett House clients are between the ages of 13 and 18, usually referred to the program either by their school or the court. To be eligible for Bassett House, clients must have first tried outpatient treatment. The intake process begins with an initial meeting with Bassett House’s admissions coordinator to determine the client’s potential level of need. If the client is a good fit for Bassett House, he or she is assigned a case manager who then develops a treatment plan that addresses the client’s individual needs. Individuals who are not stable or under going withdrawal symptoms are referred to outside detox programs.

The treatment program at Bassett House consists of both group and individual counseling. The length and intensity of the program varies for each person. Case managers track progress and help shift the length and intensity of treatment as needed. When clients enter the program, they are given the option of either a 45- or 90-day track, both of which are identical with the exception of duration. Clients are invited to extend their stay if they wish.

Clients attend one to two group meetings per day and individual sessions two to three times a week. The counselors utilize a bio-psycho-social model of addiction therapy and use a variety of treatment techniques during groups including relapse prevention, CBT, DBT, anger management, education and therapeutic intervention. Gender-specific groups are part of the curriculum as well. The organization does not utilize the 12 steps.

Bassett House is equipped to treat dual diagnosis and these clients are referred to the organization’s mental health staff for treatment. The house also employs a psychologist who regularly meets with clients who may have potential co-occurring disorders.

The staff at Bassett House consists of a mixture of nurses, visiting doctors, licensed psychologists, state certified teachers, case managers, mental health counselors, LPCs and LADCs.

Extras

Bassett House arranges individual meetings with counselors, clients and family members focused on addressing co-dependency issues as well as teaching family members about substance abuse. Loved ones are also referred to Alanon groups for further support.

As residents progress through the program, they develop a goal-driven discharge plan that includes both education and sobriety-related goals. When they leave, they have the option of entering into Bassett House’ aftercare. Clients in the aftercare program work closely with their case manager to help achieve the goals from their discharge plan.

Bassett House also offers a relapse prevention program for clients who have left the program but are still having trouble staying sober. The two to three week program includes both regular group and individual counseling focused on relapse prevention and concrete strategies for not drinking or using.

Bassett House works regularly with clients that are court-ordered and have legal issues. The facility helps assist these clients with meeting their legal obligations and builds any required community service into the client’s treatment program.

In Summary

Bassett House provides both affordable and individualized treatment to adolescents in the Athens, Ohio area. Bassett House’s on-site teachers and classroom allows for these young people to get the help they need without impeding their education. Additionally, the structured discharge plan and relapse prevention group provide clients with a high level of support when they step down from the primary treatment. This facility is an asset to the community, getting those struggling with substance abuse at an early age back on the right track to what will hopefully be an adulthood in recovery.

Bassett House
P.O. Box 724
Athens, OH 45701

Bassett House Cost: Dependent on insurance. Reach Bassett House by phone at (740) 594-8108 or by email at [email protected]. Find Bassett House on Facebook

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  1. Former Staff Member on

    I worked at BH several years ago for quite a few years. I then started noticing that the “treatment” wasn’t actually helping the clients, it was causing a lot of anger and rebellion with many of the clients. This created stress for clients. It was very hard for staff who had to diffuse bad situations which could escalate quickly.
    There were also many “treatment team” meetings in which topics of discussion had nothing to do with the issues of clients, but about the personal lives and activities of the staff. These meetings would then be billed as productivity for the individual staff members attending these “meetings”. In order to make these meetings technically billable, the staff would bring up the name of a client for a few minutes so they could justify the meeting and bill for it.
    It is true that many youth learned new ways of doing drugs, and other illegal behaviors by listening to the “glorifying” stories, of their more experienced peers.
    The atmosphere created by the supervising staff at BH is not healthy for clients or staff. Many staff members were taken advantage of and their work environment was extremely difficult to deal with, which caused a high turn-over rate. This also led to the facility hiring anyone they could get to fill a position as quickly as possible. While there were many many good staff members, there were also those who were not the best suited for that environment.
    I have often thought about many clients I personally interacted with daily and I pray that they were able to take the positive things they experienced in their treatment and leave the negative aspects within the facility when they were discharged.

  2. I went to Basset House for about 60 days. When I entered I was only using alcohol on occasion and marijuana on a regular basis. Most of the staff, except for Catherine and the counselor Jane, were all really nice people and wanted to help you. Catherine denied me succesful discharge from the program because the counselor Jane said I hadn’t met the requirements for successful discharge, which was for my goal to be to no longer consume marijuana. After my dishonerable discharge I returned back to my home and on probation. Since I returned I had felt the need to try other things that the other patients, my friends in there, all 13-18 year olds, had told me about. I started to try more drugs and more and then finally got off probation. Since then I only use marijuana; but the point being is that this program is only a gateway for people to learn about other drugs other than marijuana. I don’t recommend this rehab at all if the client is only using marijuana.

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