The Seneca Nation Health System is a non-profit public health organization that was established in 1976. Mental and physical health programs were developed to serve tribal members of the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories. Among other mental health programs, substance abuse treatment is available through the Cattaraugus Community Health and Wellness Center. Adults, adolescents and children may receive outpatient treatment as well as dual diagnosis support. Court-mandated treatment and DUI programming is also available.
Treatment and Staff
Substance abuse treatment through SNHS is available for adults, adolescents as well as children under the age of 18. Treatment is provided exclusively for individuals who are registered through a tribe. Prior to enrolling in the treatment program, clients must be bio-psycho-socially assessed with one of the intake counselors. Since SNHS treatment is in the same building as the mental health unit, clients may be further diagnosed by a psychiatrist and assisted with medication management. Once fully assessed, clients are enrolled in the program most suitable to their needs—either a standard outpatient or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
The standard outpatient track typically meets once per week for the first four weeks of treatment with clients attending both group and individual therapy. Treatment may last anywhere from three months to one full year depending on the client’s progress and their individualized treatment goals. Clients in the IOP track attend the facility three to five times per week for the same standardized treatment techniques. Clients are also highly encouraged to attend 12-step meetings but are not required to go.
Adolescent and child clients follow the same standard treatment course but are in groups with peers of their own age. Counselors integrate family members in order to create more harmony in the home and healing for the family. A staff of LADCs utilize evidence-based methods including CBT and DBT techniques to support recovery.
Clients who have legal issues may attend additional programs to reinstate their license. SNHS staff work directly with the Cattaraugus County Drug Treatment Court and Probation Department. DUI treatment includes a six-month to full-year treatment course that includes psycho-education classes and regular drug testing. DUI and court clients may be required to attend 12-step meetings if their probation officer or judge requires.
Aftercare is available for clients who have completed a primary treatment track through SNHS. For three months to one year, clients may attend aftercare group and individual therapy with a focus on relapse prevention.
Substance abuse treatment through the Seneca Nation Health System is based on government funding and programs designed for registered tribal members. No client pays out of pocket for services and all programs are individualized to each client. Standard outpatient, IOP and aftercare programs are available for adults, adolescents and children who qualify. The clinical staff and mental health professionals work to create an environment that is conducive to recovery specifically tailored to the unique needs of Native Americans with chemical dependency.
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