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Jefferson Behavioral Health System


The Basics

Located in Steubenville, Ohio, about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, Jefferson Behavioral Health System offers a wide range of addiction outpatient services for adults and adolescents. This program offers different levels and types of care, including both outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). In addition, services for families and medication management are also available. Through evidence-based techniques and traditional talk therapy, JBHS clients are able to find recovery.

Treatment and Staff

Before entering treatment at JBHS, all clients must undergo an initial psychological evaluation that is used to determine the appropriate level of care. Detox is not available.

The 10-week adult IOP program offers treatment Monday through Friday, for three hours at a time. It includes group therapy, individual therapy at least once a week, family therapy once a week, urine screens, case management and education. Group topics depend on gender but may include trauma, coping skills, relapse prevention, introduction to the 12 steps, family dynamics and anger management. Educational lectures cover topics such as the addiction-as-a-disease model, as well as the physical and emotional impacts of long-term substance abuse. Group sizes range from five to 12 people at a time and are gender-specific. The schedule for the women’s program coincides with school hours to accommodate moms with school-aged kids.

Once IOP has been completed, clients can step down to the less rigorous outpatient schedule. This option includes all of the same services as IOP, but for only three days a week. It typically lasts six weeks, but may continue longer, if necessary. As clients gain stability, the frequency of treatment decreases. The outpatient program also includes urine testing.

The youth IOP at JBHS provides help for those ages 13 to 18, with an understanding of the unique needs and challenges facing adolescents in treatment. This program consists of individual, group and family therapy and, at parents’ request, drug testing. Specialized group topics include peer pressure and building healthy relationships. Teen groups meet in the afternoon to accommodate school schedules.

Once treatment is completed, clients can continue to attend a weekly aftercare group, for a small additional fee. The two-hour group sessions place a heavy emphasis on relapse prevention and coping skills.

The staff includes certified substance abuse counselors, therapists who specialize in addiction and a psychiatrist.


Family members are encouraged to participate in the recovery process at JBHS. A family program offers educational groups once a week, informing family members about boundaries, the science of addiction and healthy communication.

Housing assistance is available for low-income clients. This program provides rent deposits, monthly payments, utility deposits and other supportive services to qualified clients. Each individual is evaluated in order to determine eligibility.

In Summary

JBHS is a great match for those looking for comprehensive, therapy-based treatment. While the 12 steps are introduced through group therapy, clients are not required to attend meetings outside of treatment. Through flexible scheduling, a supportive staff and a comfortable environment, this program can help clients of all ages turn their lives around.

Jefferson Behavioral Health System
3200 Johnson Rd
Steubenville, OH 43952

Jefferson Behavioral Health System Cost: Depends on program. Reach Jefferson Behavioral Health System by phone at (740) 264-1627. Find Jefferson Behavioral Health System on Twitter

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