Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Juel Fairbanks offers chemical dependency and mental health services for adults. Named for its founder, an Ojibwe tribe member, the program was created to offer treatment for Native Americans, as well as other underserved populations. Most of the programs treat men only, although the outpatient services cater to women as well. In addition to providing traditional substance abuse treatment, Juel Fairbanks incorporates cultural traditions into the recovery process.
Accommodations and Food
The 15-bed men’s residential program offers modest accommodations. Client share small bedrooms with one other client, featuring twin-sized beds and desks. The facility also includes a dining hall, therapy rooms, offices and a common room. A small weight room can be used for fitness, and clients are welcome to take walks when the weather permits. Smoking is allowed outside during break time.
Three meals a day are served in the dining hall. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated and coffee and snacks are provided.
Treatment and Staff
Juel Fairbanks offers a variety of treatment services such as residential treatment, transitional housing and outpatient services. In addition to treating substance abuse, support for co-occurring disorders is offered. Detox is not available, but referrals can be provided.
The 30- to 90-day men’s residential program uses a mixture of daily group therapy, weekly individual therapy, lectures, 12-step work, recreation and cultural activities. The group sizes are kept small, between 10 and 20. Group topics include relationship building, aftercare, trauma, anger management and relapse prevention. During individual sessions, clients are able to discuss their personal issues in greater depth, in addition to mapping out an individualized aftercare plan.
Clients are required to take part in on-site AA/NA meetings three times a week. Cultural activities such as pipe ceremonies help Native American clients to reconnect with their heritage. Educational lectures inform clients on the dangers of substance abuse, as well as providing tips for living healthy lifestyles.
The men’s residential housing also serves as a sober living facility. The home provides a sober environment that promotes structured, healthy living. The men stay for up to six months, leaving during the day to attend work or school. In the evenings, residents participate in group therapy and 12-step meetings.
The co-ed outpatient program offers six weeks of intensive treatment. Clients meet four times a week, for three-hour sessions. This program involves a mixture of group and individual therapy, and group topics focus on relapse prevention skills, relationship building, health education, community resources and aftercare planning.
The staff includes CSACs and LCSWs.
The case management and outreach support program provides services such as assistance with medical and dental care, transportation to and from appointments, job search assistance, housing assistance and public assistance referrals.
Juel Fairbanks uses spirituality, therapy, community and Native American tradition to bring stability back into the lives of clients. By creating a safe space to process emotions, clients can find a new way of being. Since this is a free program, no one will be turned away.
806 North Albert St
St. Paul, MN 55104
Juel Fairbanks Cost: Free. Reach Juel Fairbanks by phone at (651) 644-6204. Find Juel Fairbanks on Facebook
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