The JCCEO Community Substance Abuse Program, a wing of the mostly federally-funded Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, provides Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) to low-income and uninsured residents of Jefferson County, Alabama. Though the JCCEO is based in historic Birmingham, there is a second facility for outpatient services in Bessemer, located just 20 minutes away.
Treatment and Staff
Potential clients meet with an individual LADC for an initial assessment to determine an appropriate treatment plan. These assessments are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm, with emergency assessments offered on an as-needed basis. Jefferson County is typical of many outpatient programs, with a mixture of group and individual therapy sessions held throughout the week.
Group sessions are generally kept small with no more than 15 clients at a time. These groups are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and are three hours in duration. There is a morning session from 10 am to 1 pm and an evening session from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Both individual and family counseling are provided on an as-need basis with necessity usually determined during the initial assessment. There is no dual diagnosis support at Jefferson County, nor is medication provided. Those in need of treatment for co-occurring disorders are referred to a local facility in Birmingham.
Jefferson County does promote a 12-step approach to recovery, though there are no meetings held on-site. Generally, each client’s counselor refers them to community meetings and when necessary may require clients to return with a signed attendance sheet. Working with a sponsor is also encouraged. Similarly, there is no medical detox offered at Jefferson County and clients who need this service are referred to local facilities.
Friday is a designated family day. In addition to having family members attend group sessions, clients are also allowed to engage in social time with their peers and loved ones.
Though JCCEO Community Substance Abuse Program offers few extra perks, clients have access to the resources of the greater Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity program which provides services like childcare, counseling, senior nutrition seminars, housing services and emergency assistance programs.
Jefferson County’s Substance Abuse Program’s also offers aftercare with tapering frequency as a client progresses. Once a client has completed the program, Jefferson County continues to offer case management and assists in helping them find employment and housing, even helping clients take care of utility payments and other economic concerns. Upon completing the initial program, clients are awarded a certificate of completion and if their treatment is part of a court mandated order, they will receive an official letter to their referral source.
Given the JCCEO Community Substance Abuse Program’s mission as part of the larger Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity framework, it should be no surprise that their costs are low with a streamlined focus on recovery. Clients pay a one-time fee on a sliding scale (determined by their household income). Those attending should not expect anything fancy; however, the overall structure of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity offers ample resources for ongoing recovery.
Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity Community Substance Abuse Program
228 2nd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35204
Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity Community Substance Abuse Program Cost: $40 intake fee. Reach Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity Community Substance Abuse Program by phone at (205) 787-3040 or by email.
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