Nurse Jane Mazzarella opened Hitchcock Center for Women as a 10-bed rehabilitation facility in 1978. Since then it has served more than 12,000 women and their families in the Greater Cleveland area, expanding through the intervening decades to a facility housed on the 11-acre site of a former seminary. It has more than 200 rooms and common spaces, including a chapel, library, meeting rooms, dining area and courtyards to serve its inpatient and large outpatient community.
Accommodations and Food
Hitchcock’s inpatient service is a 20-bed facility with private rooms containing basic amenities. Clients use communal bathrooms and eat cafeteria-style in Hitchcock’s dining space which it shares with the outpatient program.
Treatment and Staff
HCFW provides on-site, walk-in assessments to women ready to begin recovery. Assessment services are also provided to men and women involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. As the only residential treatment provider in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County that specifically focuses on women, Hitchcock allows women to bring multiple children up to age 12 to treatment with them, offering a gender-specific and evidence-based course of treatment, including relapse prevention and aftercare services. Residents are required to participate in 30 hours of counseling and wrap-around services every week. Personal computers and cell phones are considered distractions to treatment and are not allowed.
As an alternative or follow-up to residential treatment, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is available. In this instance, participants engage in recovery therapies following residential treatment while living in their own homes. At this stage, clients are required to participate in 10 hours of treatment and 10 hours of case management per week.
Hitchcock offers housing support during intensive outpatient treatment when necessary. With this option, clients have the same treatment and case management obligations and live at Hitchcock, with children up to the age of 10.
Non-Intensive Outpatient Services can include counseling and case management tailored to meet the needs of each client’s recovery lifestyle and can be provided as both primary or continuing care, with a maximum of eight hours per week.
Detox is not available on-site.
Hitchcock owns a halfway house for women in transition. There is a requirement of 10 hours of counseling and supportive services per week. The alumni network holds events throughout the year where they provide opportunities for former clients to give back through volunteer work.
Hitchcock Center for Women offers gender-specific services for recovery in a child-friendly atmosphere on a serene campus. While it has no bells and whistles, that is usually the case when a facility is donation and grant-funded and Ohio-based women in need of treatment could certainly do worse.
Hitchcock Center for Women Inc.
1227 Ansel Rd
Cleveland, OH 44108
Hitchcock Center for Women Cost: Sliding scale (donation and grant-funded). Reach Hitchcock Center for Women by phone at (216) 421-0662 or by email at [email protected]. Find Hitchcock Center for Women on Facebook and YouTube
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