The Bear River Health Department is a network of public health services throughout Utah. Established in 1971, BRHD provides health care services at six locations state-wide in Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties with over 110 employees. BRHD offers outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for women, women with children, a co-ed outpatient track as well as adolescent treatment.
Clients may choose from either basic outpatient treatment or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), both using evidence-based methods including individual and group therapy. With state funding, BRHD does not turn away any client due to their inability to pay.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to enrollment in a program, all potential clients are assessed on the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) and complete a history of use evaluation. A counselor and the client then develop an individualized treatment plan based on their assessment results. Clients must reside in the tri-county area of Rich, Cache or Box Elder in order to receive subsidized treatment.
Adults are enrolled in either the basic outpatient treatment program or the IOP. The basic outpatient program typically lasts for 90 days with a minimum of one hour per week of treatment activities—most commonly group therapy followed by either individual or family therapy. Clients attend a minimum of one individual therapy session per month with their assigned counselor.
The IOP track lasts for a minimum of four weeks with 16 to 22 hours of treatment each week. Treatment is individualized and focuses on facilitating a change in clients with more severe substance abuse issues. Four-hour sessions are held Tuesdays through Fridays and include group and individual therapy. Attendance of 12-step groups are required every week and clients must have a meeting attendance card signed every week with an agreed upon amount of meetings.
The women’s and women with children program offer substance abuse treatment with community support services. Counselors address specific women’s issues and trauma that may be a boundary for the clients. Perinatal care and follow-up are included ensuring the health of pregnant women and new mothers. Assistance with medical care, employment, immunization, developmental care and respite care are readily available for women and their children in crisis.
A youth-specific program is available for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Both a regular outpatient and IOP track are available and include youth groups, family interventions and drug testing with varying intensities. Clients and their families receive individual and group counseling with other clients and their support groups. A majority of adolescent treatment is focused on psychoeducation, youth-specific issues as well as relapse prevention. Outpatient treatment includes up to nine hours per week of treatment. IOP treatment is facilitated four days per week for three hours each day. Treatment typically lasts four weeks or longer depending on the client’s individual treatment goals and progress.
Clients are regularly drug tested to ensure abstinence during the entirety of their treatment. Treatment goals and plans may be adjusted at any time to ensure client comfort and progress. All therapy is facilitated by a clinical staff including LCSWs, LADCs and LPCs.
BRHD offers an aftercare program for adults and adolescents that have completed treatment objectives. Clients may begin attending the weekly aftercare group up to 30 days after to their discharge. Aftercare focuses on relapse prevention and strengthening coping skills. If a client relapses or faces new arrests, they are not permitted to attend the group.
Special classes are offered including a Minor in Possession (MIP) class, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) class, youth and adult life skills, anger management and mental health services for clients who require dual-diagnosis support. Jail recovery services are available for incarcerated clients.
The Bear River Health Department offers programming for adult men, women and adolescents in need of substance abuse treatment. IOP and regular outpatient programming is available as well as tracks tailored specifically for women and mothers. Specialized classes are available to further individualize their treatment experience. With multiple locations throughout the state of Utah and state funding available, clients may also qualify for sliding scale and subsidized treatment.
Bear River Health Department Locations
Bear River Health Department
817 West 950 South
Brigham City, UT 84302
655 East 1300 North
Logan, UT 84341
275 North Main St
Randolph, UT 84064
Bear River Health Department Cost
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