Community Assessment Treatment Services (CATS) is a rehab organization in Cleveland, offering residential and outpatient substance abuse services for men and women. Started as a small outpatient program in the early 1990s, Community Assessment Treatment Services has added more comprehensive outpatient services and a residential treatment program. Something that hasn’t changed is the organization’s mission of being of service, often to those in trouble with the law. Since its inception, Community Assessment Treatment Services has helped over 30,000 individuals and their families in the fight against addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Community Assessment Treatment Services consists of three buildings that take up almost an entire block. One building houses administration, counseling offices, group therapy rooms and the dining hall, while the other two are residences for men and women. The facility has the capacity to house 125 men and 80 women. Both males and females sleep in dorm-style settings, with 25 to 30 in a dorm. A room divider separates the beds into two, almost like cubicles. There are two floors in each building with bathrooms on each floor. Each client has a twin bed and a small nightstand that doubles as a dresser. For down time, there is a common area in each building with a TV and scheduled viewing times.
The Community Assessment Treatment Services kitchen staff provides three meals a day, with clients assisting in preparation and clean up. Meal times are staggered to keep men and women separate throughout treatment. Food is basic but adequate—a protein, a starch and some kind of vegetable— and special dietary requests are not accommodated. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in each building and clients must supply their own money and detergent.
As at many residential treatment facilities, no cell phones, laptop computers or electronic devices are permitted. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas during specific breaks.
Treatment and Staff
Community Assessment Treatment Services does not offer detox. All clients must be drug- and alcohol-free for a minimum of 48 hours prior to admission. The duration of the program is typically three to six months but can be as short as 30 days. Upon admission, each client is assigned a primary counselor, who they see for individual therapy once a week, and a caseworker who often helps with legal issues, since the majority of the residents are court-ordered.
This program uses evidence-based practices, such as CBT, Social Learning and Motivational Interviewing (MI), combined with the 12 steps as its primary modes of treatment. All treatment is gender-segregated, except for a weekly parenting class. Clients are up early for morning chores at 6 am and breakfast at 7 am. The first group starts at 8 am and group therapy continues until lunch at noon. Sessions resume at 1 pm and conclude at 3:30 pm. Topics include peer pressure, anger management, relapse prevention, addiction studies and health and nutrition. Gender-specific groups for women include domestic violence, sexual abuse, trauma therapy and self-esteem. Dual diagnosis support is not a specialty at Community Assessment Treatment Services, but if clients have already been diagnosed, they can see a psychiatrist once a month for medication management.
In the evenings, residents attend on-site 12-step meetings and, after 30 days, eligible residents may attend outside meetings with a buddy. Visiting is allowed after two weeks, on Sundays, subject to the approval of counseling staff. Court-ordered clients must also have all visits cleared by their parole or probation officer.
All Community Assessment Treatment Services substance abuse counselors are certified. It is their job to run the groups and individual therapy sessions. Support staff/technicians assist the treatment team by ensuring that all residents are in their designated groups and attend to all house chores. Caseworkers handle legal matters, like making sure clients referred from the criminal justice system have transportation to and from court dates. All of these staff members make for a client-to-staff ratio of 10-to-one.
If residents are having a hard time with the concepts of 12-step recovery, they also have the option of on-site SMART Recovery meetings.
While there is not a specific day for family therapy, clients and their families who want support can request family group as part of their schedule. However, all clients with children are required to attend a parenting class (the only group that is coed) once a week, facilitated by a MFT. Also, women with children who are court-ordered into treatment can make specific arrangements through their caseworker for parental visits.
For the most part, Community Assessment Services focuses on clients who are coming to treatment through the court system. Regardless, this looks like a solid option for treatment, offering evidence-based treatment practices, the 12 steps, extended stays, some required parenting classes and the option of family therapy, all under the supervision of a caseworker. Having a hand holder could make getting sober and free from legal issues feel just a little less unmanageable.
Community Assessment Treatment Services
8411 Broadway Ave
Cleveland, OH 44105
Community Assessment Treatment Services Cost: $2,500 (30 days). Reach Community Assessment Treatment Services by phone at (216) 441-0200. Find Community Assessment Treatment Services on Facebook
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