Based in Tampa, Florida and serving the greater Hillsborough County community, the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, or DACCO, is one of the state’s largest community-based providers of behavioral health services. Incorporated in 1973, DACCO has continually expanded over the years to include residential treatment for men and women, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for women and adolescents, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a medical detox facility.
Accommodations and Food
DACCO provides inpatient substance abuse care for both men and women in separate facilities. Their women’s facility is located on DACCO’s main campus, just minutes from downtown Tampa while the men’s facility—Quest House Campus—is a short walk away. Both are large, dormitory-style facilities which mirror each other in layout. The men’s facility accommodates 132 clients at time in four large hall, the largest of which contains enough bunk beds to sleep 40 residents. There are community showers and bathroom facilities in the hallways. Clients often use one of the communal sitting areas such as the atrium and workout room during free periods to enjoy some personal time. DACCO also provides housing in an on-campus family duplex house for pregnant and post-partum women.
Meals are served cafeteria style at both facilities three times a day at 7 am, noon and 5 pm with snacks provided throughout the day. Because the DACCO residential program is long-term—typically about six months—there are also many recreational activities. The men’s facility contains a gym, game room and basketball court and there are scheduled exercise blocks of time each day. Both facilities also provide an outside recreation area, laundry facilities and common area lounges as well. While there are not organized off-site trips during a one’s stay, clients can expect to receive transportation to local 12-step meetings in the community.
Treatment and Staff
Those in need of a medical detox begin their treatment at DACCO’s recently opened detox facility, a 13-bed facility located just off the main campus. Clients are monitored full-time by DACCO staff physicians and receive 24/7 nursing care. Clients willing to pay more have the option of staying in a private room during the process. All residents also attend educational group sessions, which include an introduction to the 12 steps to begin their recovery process. Depending on the initial evaluation and court requirements (as most of DACCO’s clients are court-ordered to attend), many begin their stay at one of DACCO’s residential facilities, typically for six months.
Treatment in the residential program takes the form of group and individual therapy led by LADCs which rely Rational Emotive Therapy and 12-step philosophies. During the initial phase of a client’s stay, they can expect individual therapy sessions once a week. As their progress continues, these taper down to once a month.
There are dual-diagnosis services offered at DACCO, which take the form of two special group sessions a week led by mental health counselors. Clients who are diagnosed with mental disorders upon their initial intake evaluation are required to attend these sessions. While there are no official medication management services available, DACCO does employ a medication technician to make sure clients maintain their medication schedules. There is also a Suboxone program available. An advanced practice registered nurse on staff also oversees all mental health and medication-related issues.
In addition to the treatment schedule, those at DACCO spend much of their time engaged in chores, as the facility believes in promoting an active, community-oriented experience to aid in recovery and to develop responsibility.
Given that most of DACCO’s clients are attending as the result of a court mandate, many are required to continue on IOP or PHP (available to women and adolescents only) held at the DACCO headquarters, or at a second facility in Brandon, Florida. These programs consist of three three-hour group sessions each week and also include on-site 12-step meetings and individual counseling sessions.
During a client’s stay in the residential program, DACCO offers a wide variety of employment and educational services. There is the TABE literacy testing class, a GED program and even an on-site food service certification training program. Residents also participate in special classes offering Life Skills training including subjects like budgeting, job interview skills and good work practices. By the end of their stay, clients seek employment, find housing and begin to lay new foundations for continued recovery.
The recovery experience offered by DACCO is a comprehensive continuum of recovery care. The residential program alone offers an impressive degree of services beginning with a medical detox and including traditional substance abuse therapy, treatment for co-occurring disorders and employment and educational classes. A special facility for pre-natal and post-partum women in need of recovery is available as well as comprehensive outpatient services once a client completes the residential phase. DACCO’s client base for its residential program tends to be large and potential residents should be prepared for a very communal housing situation with little privacy. Still, those who are seeking a recovery community can count on fellowship and a substantive recovery experience at DACCO.
DACCO Center for Behavioral Health
4422 E. Columbus Dr
Tampa, FL 33605
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