With a 90-year legacy and a series of behavioral health care and family services, Family and Children’s Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma is an expansive organization with a long history. With a vast array of services aimed at helping children, families, the homeless and those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, Family and Children’s Services estimates that they serve nearly 110,000 individuals each year. A good examination of their treatment can be seen from a look at their substance abuse outpatient program.
Treatment and Staff
Though some clients find themselves at the Family and Children’s Services substance abuse program because it was court-mandated, self-administering clients are welcome as well. In fact, the program is free of charge for Oklahoma residents who check themselves in. However, before committing to the program, prospective clients must attend three consecutive one-hour group sessions—held on Friday afternoons from 2-3 pm at the Ossage Hills location—to determine true willingness to recover. Once this is established, FCS offers an individualized program where clients can make their own schedule of group and one-on-one counseling.
Daily schedules vary between clients with some attending several group sessions a week and others only one but every client has access to the core curriculum of education classes, family services, crisis intervention, court-related services, relapse prevention and aftercare. Clients are assigned a case manager who helps them set up their program. The typical length of treatment varies from person to person but those mandated to treatment by the courts will spend a year in the program, attending two to three sessions week to start and then dropping down to weekly towards the end. Most clients complete the intensive phase of their treatment in a three to six month period.
Given Family and Children’s Services’ expansive network, clients have access to a psychiatrist, who operates out of the Sarah and John Graves Center location in Tulsa and handles medication management. Typically, clients will meet with the psychiatrist once a month or on an as needed basis but dual diagnosis support is available as a part of the program. There is no detox offered at FCS but referrals are available if a client needs to complete this process before starting their treatment.
In addition to their substance abuse program, Family and Children’s Services has an extensive mental health program which offers similarly individualized treatment to address issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, PTSD and homelessness due to mental illness. As with the substance abuse program, the mental health services introduce clients to a wide array of services and resources from which to build a foundation of recovery.
Given their legacy, depth of services and free substance abuse treatment for non court-mandated Oklahoma residents, it’s easy to see why FCS has been so successful. By committing to a program of care, a client gains access to their wide network of services and resources which they can personalize to their needs. While some people may benefit from inpatient care, those who feel they can begin their recovery in an outpatient setting will be well served here.
Family and Children’s Services
Osage Hills Location
3604 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74106
Family and Children’s Services Cost: Free (no cost for self-administering, Oklahoma residents). Reach Family and Children’s Services by phone at (918) 587-9471 or by email on their website. Find Family and Children’s Services at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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