Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties was founded in 1926 in Utica, New York, a medium-sized town at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains. The organization provides sober living facilities for adult men and women who have successfully completed residential treatment programs.
Accommodations and Amenities
Catholic Charities operates two gender-specific residences. Both facilities have 16 beds and are located on the campus of the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, a large psychiatric hospital.
Clients at both of the facilities share a bedroom with another client. Each bedroom comes equipped with two twin beds and a small closet space. The house also has common living room and large kitchen where clients may cook and eat. The houses are close to a bus line clients use to travel to outpatient treatment and outside support groups. Also, the facility has a lush garden and yard where clients regularly take strolls.
In addition to cooking and cleaning, clients are assigned rotating chores to help with the upkeep of the facility. Catholic Charities provides food for breakfast and lunch, but clients are in charge of preparing their own meals. Clients are assigned to cook and prepare dinner for the other residents.
Rules and Regulations
Catholic Charities requires clients to be referred from an outside inpatient program and have at least six months of sobriety. Additionally, all incoming clients must be emotionally and chemically stable before entering the program. Clients with co-occurring disorders or with medical conditions that require medication must have received a medical assessment prior to admission as Catholic Charities does not have a doctor on staff to prescribe medication.
The housing program lasts six months to a year. During their stay, clients are required to attend an outside outpatient program. Catholic Charities also requires clients to volunteer in the community with a number of non-profit organizations.
Catholic Charities operates a strict daily schedule that begins every morning with group meditation. The houses also has strict curfews throughout clients’ stays. For the first two weeks, clients are highly restricted and are only able to leave for outside support groups and medical issues. After the initial 14 days, residents have a curfew of 11pm. Clients who have been in the program for an extended period of time are allowed two overnights a week. Also, clients are not allowed to have a car while living in the facility.
Catholic Charities’ staff consists of a small group of unlicensed case managers. Also despite it’s title, Catholic Charities is not religious and not spiritually based.
When clients are discharged from Catholic Charities, the case managers work with the clients to ensure they have a stable living environment to transition into.
Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties provides an affordable and lengthy sober living options for both men and women in the Utica area. The outpatient treatment requirement creates not only a healthy step-down from residential, but also a greater guarantee clients will continue with the necessary treatment for their needs. The small size of the program also allows clients to receive a high amount of individualized attention from the on-site case managers. Finally, the flexible length of stay provides clients with the opportunity to stay in the house as long as they need, an enormous perk.
Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties
1408 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13502
Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties Cost: $975 (30 days). Contact Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties by phone at (315) 724-2158 or by email them at [email protected]. Find Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties on Facebook
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