Part of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. and located in the city of Miami, St. Luke’s Center is a residential and outpatient treatment facility serving Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. It offers assistance from a faith-based standpoint to men, women and individuals with HIV/AIDs that have mental health issues, substance abuse problems and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
St. Luke’s has 28 beds in a hospital-like setting. There are two to four beds per gender-specific room and no individual rooms. Residents are not permitted to have cell phones or personal computers on-site but there are computers with internet access available within the facility for residents’ use. There is no gym and residents are not permitted to leave the facility.
Meals are served three times a day with three snack breaks as well. Food is not available 24-7 though, only during scheduled meal and snack times. Caffeine and sugar are strictly prohibited.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at St. Luke’s lasts a minimum of 30 days with an option to extend to 60 or 90. On a typical day, residents are expected to wake up and be in group therapy by 8 am and work with counselors in a group setting until 8pm, interspersed with meals and recreational breaks, such as reading or board games, throughout the day. St. Luke’s uses the Hazelden 12-step approach to treatment, an abstinence-based program where men and women undergo treatment separately. As such, group sessions are usually always gender-specific. Relapse prevention techniques are taught extensively throughout treatment. Residents regularly meet for individual therapy with counselors as well. The amount of individual counseling varies depending on the client.
There is a staff of eight people that includes LADCs, LCDCs, and psychologists as St. Luke’s cares for individuals with mental illness as well as substance abuse and chemical dependency issues. There is also a 24-hour staff of about six people people that attend to clients’ needs around the clock.
Residents with HIV/AIDS are able to see doctors and receive the drugs necessary to treat their condition while living at St. Luke’s. Residents are encouraged to step down with St. Luke’s Outpatient Program at the same location and attend AA/NA meetings after their residential treatment is completed. Outpatient sessions with an LADC counselor cost $50 and are available for scheduling seven days a week. Insurance is accepted and assistance can also be provided.
Payment at St. Luke’s has a sliding scale option. It also accepts Medicaid and Medicare or payment assistance through Ryan White Part A and Beach Community Health Center but those clients must be referred though South Florida Behavioral Health network or by appointment only. St. Luke’s Center is a great option for high risk individuals with mental health issues as well as substance abuse because of the attentive level of supervision and care by the staff. Additionally, after finishing the inpatient program, the facility is easily accessible by bus if clients wish to secure their long-term recovery by attending outpatient care as well as 12-step meetings.
Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. St. Luke’s Center
7707 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33150
Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. St. Luke’s Center Cost: Sliding scale or $5000 (30 days). Reach Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. St. Luke’s Center by phone at (305) 795-0077 or by email at [email protected]. Find Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. St. Luke’s Center on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
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