House of Hope and Stepping Stones Reviews, Cost, Complaints

House of Hope and Stepping Stones

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Founded in 1968, House of Hope and Stepping Stones are twin facilities offering substance abuse treatment for men and women. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the once modest organization has expanded into an eight-building compound providing residential care for the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. House of Hope and Stepping Stones are both CARF-accredited.

Accommodations and Food

House of Hope and Stepping Stones can accommodate 92 men and 38 women, respectively, for long-term care and 28 transitional beds for either gender, making a total of 162 beds. Because the organization is state-sponsored, 53 beds are generally reserved for clients coming in through the Department of Corrections (DOC) for six months of addiction treatment, 22 beds are for those coming through the DOC with dual diagnosis and 37 beds are for dual diagnosis clients referred through the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Accommodations at both locations are basic,  with clients sharing rooms with one to two other roommates. Each facility has a dining room that typically doubles as a meeting room for group therapy. All meals are provided by the staff, including snacks.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment combines group and individual therapy using evidence-based practices such as CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and relapse prevention techniques. Twelve-step principles are also a major component of the program and clients attend regular on-site AA/NA meetings. Those with co-occurring disorders can get psychiatric support services as well as medication management as necessary.

Because the facilities once operated only as halfway houses, the programs still encourage independence and the development of life skills. As a result, educational seminars on money management, HIV/AIDS awareness, GED classes and employment are also offered.

Staff consists of CAPs, CAPPs, psychologists, LMHCs as well as Master’s- and PhD-level counselors. The staff to client ratio is generally one-to-12.

Extras

In support of the diverse local community, House of Hope and Stepping Stones also offer all treatment services in Spanish. Additionally, referrals for basic medical care including physicals, follow-up appointments and blood work are available. Finally, a family program is available and can be incorporated into any program as necessary.

In Summary

Overall, House of Hope and Stepping Stones provides a wide range of comprehensive services primarily geared towards court-ordered clientele. In addition to evidence-based care, both facilities offer skill-development and educational services to help clients properly reintegrate into society. While the facilities are modest, House of Hope and Stepping Stones is a solid resource for addiction recovery and dual diagnosis care.

House of Hope and Stepping Stones Location

908 SW 1st St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

901 N.E. 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

House of Hope and Stepping Stones Cost

Sliding scale. Reach House of Hope and Stepping Stones at (954) 524-8989. Find House of Hope and Stepping Stones on Facebook 

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  1. This place defies a sane mind’s sensibilities. Family owned, the CEO is an imperious overlord (think Leona Helmsley), the staff is mostly agreeable and tries their best, but HoH is severely understaffed, clients can be extremely difficult and rude, the pay is low, so morale suffers. The policies and rules in place seem to be at the facility manager’s whims, and not all clients are treated equally (oh there is favoritism). There was a lot of really dark stuff happening here in the recent past (BHTs buying clients’ food stamps, staff getting WAY too close with clients (yes, that close) but supposedly the ingrates were let go. The cook is to be dealt with to be believed. Runs the kitchen like it’s her personal food pantry, and engages in all kinds of abusive language and behavior toward the clients. The therapists are the high point. Very professional, caring individuals that try their hardest under some very ass-backwards and difficult circumstances.
    The clients are unimaginably awful, to staff and to each other. It’s a mostly Dept. of Corrections populus, and the amount of craziness, rudeness, fights, foolish behavior, flouting the rules, it’s utter insanity. Very stressful environment for those clients who want help and are trying to change. Drugs have been smuggled in, alcohol, smoking in the bathrooms is an open secret (it looks like London Fog has rolled in after a long group has deprived clients of nicotine) …and it’s a non-smoking facility.
    This place could be an incredible gem for those finding themselves seeking help but with limited resources or legal issues, but a lot of things need to change for that to happen.

    • This.
      Wow. Scary!

      This place defies a sane mind’s sensibilities. Family owned, the CEO is an imperious overlord (think Leona Helmsley), the staff is mostly agreeable and tries their best, but HoH is severely understaffed, clients can be extremely difficult and rude, the pay is low, so morale suffers. The policies and rules in place seem to be at the facility manager’s whims, and not all clients are treated equally (oh there is favoritism). There was a lot of really dark stuff happening here in the recent past (BHTs buying clients’ food stamps, staff getting WAY too close with clients (yes, that close) but supposedly the ingrates were let go. The cook is to be dealt with to be believed. Runs the kitchen like it’s her personal food pantry, and engages in all kinds of abusive language and behavior toward the clients. The therapists are the high point. Very professional, caring individuals that try their hardest under some very ass-backwards and difficult circumstances.
      The clients are unimaginably awful, to staff and to each other. It’s a mostly Dept. of Corrections populus, and the amount of craziness, rudeness, fights, foolish behavior, flouting the rules, it’s utter insanity. Very stressful environment for those clients who want help and are trying to change. Drugs have been smuggled in, alcohol, smoking in the bathrooms is an open secret (it looks like London Fog has rolled in after a long group has deprived clients of nicotine) …and it’s a non-smoking facility.
      This place could be an incredible gem for those finding themselves seeking help but with limited resources or legal issues, but a lot of things need to change for that to happen.

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