Berks Counseling Center offers transitional living and permanent housing placements for those who are homeless and struggling with addiction. They also offer outpatient treatment and dual diagnosis support for both men and women. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, an hour from Philadelphia, the goal of this facility is to provide 12-step based recovery to a culturally and economically diverse population. With a highly trained staff, fluent in both English and Spanish, clients are able to receive personalized care as they begin recovery.
Accommodations and Food
The 23-client transitional housing program provides mothers with children under the age of 12 a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment in a moderately structured living environment. The apartments include nicely-sized bedrooms with twin-sized beds and closet space, a kitchen and living room with a television. The complex also has a community area with a playroom for the little ones.
The permanent housing program offers up to 20 clients one and two bedroom apartments. Permanent Housing is available to homeless individuals and families in recovery from drug/alcohol and or mental health disability. These individuals must be coming from a transitional housing program or shelter and must demonstrate a willingness to work to maintain self-sufficiency. The layouts are similar to the apartments in the transitional housing program.
Clients are given an allowance to buy groceries each week. Back in the comfort of their apartments, the clients cook for themselves. This responsibility encourages the clients to become self reliant and structured by learning to plan and budget. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on all apartment properties, not inside the units.
Treatment and Staff
The transitional housing program provides accommodations for women and their children for no more then two years. During this time, the women work with a case manager to develop an individualized treatment plan. Clients are required to attend three AA/NA meetings per week, in addition to seeking out employment or schooling opportunities. The house provides twenty-four hour staff coverage, as well as childcare.
The permanent housing program offers case management, low-cost rent and childcare. Rental assistance for one year is often available to those that are homeless, mentally unstable or experiencing financial hardship.
In addition to housing programs, this facility also offers individual, group and family counseling. The group sessions are usually two hours long, covering topics such as relapse prevention, trauma, life skills, processing and healthy communication. The individual and family counseling sessions give clients privacy to discuss their issues during a one-hour session. Frequency of counseling depends on the individual’s treatment plan.
The staff includes a psychiatrist, a physician, several registered nurses, CACs and social workers.
Berks Counseling Center offers secure housing and free or low-cost treatment services for the addicted and homeless. They accept most major insurance companies, but clients may be eligible for free treatment depending on their financial situation. Through life skills, therapy and 12-step meetings, clients can get a second chance at independent, productive lives in recovery.
Berks Counseling Center
645 Penn St, 2nd Fl
Reading, PA 19601
Berks Counseling Center cost: Sliding scale or free. Reach Berks Counseling Center by phone at (610) 373-4281.
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