The Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Service (GPASS) Center was founded in 1993 with the goal of advocating for the city’s under-served, multicultural population. GPASS SAFE is the organization’s treatment facility that offers outpatient substance abuse services in a storefront in north Philly. SAFE features both outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) tracks that provide substance abuse counseling. Services are offered in multiple languages, including Korean and Vietnamese, as well as Spanish and English.
Treatment and Staff
For the basic outpatient track, both group and individual sessions are provided at a frequency suited to each client’s specific needs. On average, clients meet with a therapist for one-on-one counseling once or twice a week. A two-hour evening group session is led by a counselor, once a week. The IOP program offers three to four group counseling sessions per week that last three hours. IOP clients also meet with counselors individually on a weekly basis.
Clients who wish to withdraw from opiates and need Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) may consult with SAFE’s medical director, who is a physician. They are required to take their first dose of Suboxone in his presence. They are then given a prescription and can administer their own medication. The initial consultation with the GPASS medical director is free, but clients have to pay for the outpatient counseling they are required to undertake concurrently, as well as for the Suboxone.
SAFE employs a number of accredited drug and alcohol counselors and also uses both full-time and some temporary therapists to provide clinical support, upon request.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, GPASS offers a wide variety of other services that include housing support for first-time home buyers and homeowners facing foreclosure.
GPASS also provides the only Asian-run DUI services in Philadelphia, including prevention and rehabilitation.
With its multicultural focus, the Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Service Center’s SAFE program provides a unique resource for its community. However, its price point—a week of basic outpatient treatment costs between $400 and $500—could put it beyond the means of some potential clients.
4943 N 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19120
GPASS SAFE Cost: $1,200– $1,500 (30 days, depending on treatment). Reach GPASS SAFE by phone at (215) 456-1662.
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