Community Behavioral Health was founded just over 20 years ago in the Cincinnati suburb of Hamilton, Ohio. Over the years, the organization has expanded to a second location in Middletown, also in the southwestern region of the state. Community Behavioral Health offers outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment to adult men and women.
Treatment and Staff
Community Behavioral Health offers walk-in assessments, Monday though Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm. During these walk-in assessments, clients complete initial paperwork and then see a counselor for a formal two-hour assessment. Clients are required to have either insurance or Medicaid to qualify for Community Behavioral Health’s programs. If the counselor believes the client is in need of a higher level of service, he or she is referred to an outside residential or detox program.
At both locations, Community Behavioral Health offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), basic outpatient programming and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The IOP meets three times a week for group therapy. Each group meeting consists of roughly 10 to 15 clients and lasts for up to three hours in the evenings. The length of the IOP is based on the needs of the client, but on average lasts six to eight weeks. Each counselor has their own approach to how to run groups, but most of the meetings consist of education, collaborative assignments and some CBT. Although Community Behavioral Health is not 12-step based, some of the counselors incorporate AA/NA principles into sessions. Individual counseling is also available to clients in the IOP and outpatient programs based on the needs of the client.
When clients finish the IOP, they can step down to Community Behavioral Health outpatient program. This program is almost identical to that of the IOP but consists of one to two group meetings per week. The outpatient program lasts as long as the clients need and clients step down at their own pace.
The MAT program includes both Suboxone and Visitrol treatment. Clients must be sober for at least seven days before qualifying for this program, and Community Behavioral Health offers comfort packages to help clients deal with the withdrawal symptoms during this time. IOP is required for those participating in MAT.
Community Behavioral Health is also dual diagnosis equipped and treats clients with co-occurring disorders within the facility’s mental health program. Clients must have Medicaid to qualify for the mental health program. All of the counselors in the substance abuse program are CADCs.
Although Community Behavioral Health does not have an official family program, family members are allowed to participate in individual meetings with the client and a counselor if the clients consent. Family members are also referred to a local family education group called Substance Abuse Family Education (SAFE) that meets regularly in the local community.
Community Behavioral Health offers a weekly relapse prevention program for alumni.
It also offers a variety of services for court-ordered clients including, DUI, drug court and day reporting.
Community Behavioral Health is a comprehensive and personalized outpatient program for adult men and women in the Middletown and Hamilton areas. The flexible length of the IOP allows clients to receive as much treatment as they could possibly need while in the program. Also, the requirement of insurance or Medicaid, protects clients from having to pay any sort of out of pocket fees and allows clients of all economic backgrounds to receive treatment and recovery.
Community Behavioral Health
820 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Hamilton, OH 45011
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