The Indiana-based Hamilton Center, Inc. is a behavioral health facility that specializes in mental health services, with an additional Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse. Founded in 1971 in Terre Haute, Hamilton Center has expanded to become a major Indiana institution with nine other locations in Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Marion, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan and Vermillion Counties. While services vary at each of their locations, the Terre Haute location offers the most comprehensive program.
Treatment and Staff
Hamilton Center maintains two separate facilities in Terre Haute; one dedicated to a mental health services outpatient program and an another location just a few miles away which offers an outpatient substance abuse program. Those in need of medical detox receive treatment at Hamilton Center’s Access Center, a special wing of the mental health facility. This process lasts three to five days and takes place in a hospital setting with 24-hour nursing supervision. Clients can also expect visits with a medical doctor and a psychiatrist during this time to help determine their course of treatment. The majority of clients participating in Hamilton Center’s program are court-ordered or attending as part of a Department of Child Services mandate. Program lengths and intensities vary to match these requirements.
Treatment at Hamilton Center takes the form of group and individual therapy every week. Groups meet in two-hour sessions at least three times a week and follow two distinct models of therapy. There’s an IOP which lasts for six weeks that focuses primarily on alcohol abuse using CBT. There is also a Matrix Model group—a 16 week program focused on drug abuse which also utilizes CBT as well as relapse prevention. While 12-step recovery is not emphasized at the facility, clients can receive information about local meetings.
Clients in either group can expect at least one individual therapy session a month with a LADC and the staff at Hamilton Center’s substance abuse center in Terre Haute also includes an LCSW, an LPC, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC), a Master’s-level social worker and even a certified gambling counselor.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given their primary focus on mental health recovery, Hamilton Center also offers a dual diagnosis group every Monday at their substance abuse facility in Terre Haute and Clients in need of more serious mental health recovery can seek out a separate program at Hamilton Center’s crosstown mental health facility. Though there is no psychiatrist on-site at their substance abuse branch, clients can still schedule appointments for individual sessions at the mental health facility where medication management is also offered.
Given the company’s wide reach, there are a variety of special services that Hamilton Center provides in addition to treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. Special prenatal programs and services for children and adolescents are available and the Terre Haute flagship facility operates an Assisted Employment division which provides training and placement services for clients with developmental disabilities.
The facility also offers a host of other specialized groups including a marijuana abuse group on Fridays, a corrective thinking group which meets twice a week and a special relapse prevention group which also meets at least twice a week. Aftercare is available once a client’s initial six or 12 week program is completed and generally takes the form of attending one relapse prevention group per week.
As with many organizations of its size, Hamilton Center offers a range of behavioral health programs. Though primarily centered on mental health services, there is an IOP for substance abuse at each location throughout central and western Indiana. While treatment is fairly standard, clients can supplement their program by adding specialty groups to their treatment regimen. In all, Hamilton Center is worth considering for clients seeking affordable dual diagnosis care.
Hamilton Center, Inc.
620 Eighth Ave
P.O. Box 4323
Terre Haute, IN 47804
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