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Downriver Community Services is a healthcare network in Michigan that opened its medical, educational and behavioral services to the public in 1975, offering full treatment for substance abuse, including medical and behavioral therapy, in clinical and hospital settings. The Downriver Behavioral Health Care facilities are part of the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. There are six outpatient treatment centers, including those in New Haven, Detroit, Warren, Port Huron, Bay City, Algonac and Flint. There are three short-term residential facilities for inpatient care in Detroit at Clearview Women and Women with Children Specialty Residential and Outpatient Center, Port Huron at New Life Home for Recovering Women Residential and transitional housing at Memphis and Memphis Residential.

Treatment and Staff

Detox for opiates and alcohol is available at the Warren and Memphis facilities. Methadone and Suboxone services or medication-assisted treatment is also available to eligible clients. Detox occurs in a clinical, inpatient setting and clients stay overnight at the hospital for three to four days or longer. The three residential treatment centers, including Memphis, offer short-term inpatient care for a maximum of 30 days. Services are available for women with children who seek both treatment and housing. Outpatient and detox services are also available to court-ordered clients.

Under the direction of a therapist, clients choose which outpatient treatment is most appropriate after detox. If a client does not have insurance, she will go through a county-access line to apply for funding by a grant. Outpatient intake involves a screening, assessment and approval from staff to transition into treatment. The client signs into the outpatient facility, then makes an individual appointment with a therapist. The therapist then develops individualized treatment plans with clients. Each facility offers individual and group therapy, with groups overseen by therapists trained in evidence-based practices. Peer recovery groups meet once a week. Downriver supports 12-step recovery but does not have its own meetings on-site.

The duration of outpatient treatment varies by client. If the client requires detox, she cannot proceed to outpatient treatment until fully detoxed. Downriver does not offer a formal Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Clients who require more intensive treatment consult with a therapist about extending individual and group therapy sessions each week to provide the most effective means of care. Length of individual sessions range from 30 minutes to an hour. Downriver also accommodates dual diagnosis clients. Staff at each facility include licensed therapists, nurse practitioners and support staff.


Downriver offers HIV/AIDS prevention care services, the Homeless Healthcare Project, the DCS North Macomb WIC Program, the Maternal Infant Health Program, transitional housing and additional hardship resources to its clients.

In Summary

Downriver Community Services of the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center provides basic medical treatment for clients who require detox, followed by a therapist-led outpatient treatment plan. Clients with exceptional hardships like housing difficulties or additional medical issues benefit from the inpatient treatment programs that provide housing as well as outpatient treatment. Clients seeking treatment at Downriver fare better with insurance than without, as the level of care may be limited by the parameters of insurance coverage.

Downriver Community Services Location

Downriver Community Services
28055 Gratiot Ave
Algonac, MI 48001

Downriver Community Services Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Downriver Community Services by phone at (888) 802-7472. Find Downriver Community Services on Facebook

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