Located in Chestertown, Maryland, Kent County Behavioral Health treats adults for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Programs include detox, residential and outpatient drug replacement therapy. Clients are in the hands of highly-trained physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists and addiction specialists. To serve its multicultural community on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay, Kent County Behavioral Health offers a Hispanic group and translators for ESL clients.
Accommodations and Food
Kent County’s inpatient program is called the A.F. Whitsitt Center. It houses up to 52 clients in a low, modern building in traditional rehab style. Men and women are separated and modest bedrooms, featuring twin-sized beds and desks, are shared by two residents. The facility also includes a dining hall, therapy rooms, offices and a common area with a TV. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
Three hearty, cafeteria-style meals a day are provided for clients. Meals are approved by a dietician, so special dietary needs can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Kent County Behavioral Health offers treatment to men and women, ages 18 and above. A medically monitored detox is available on-site, as is a short-term residential program and an outpatient drug replacement program for opiate addicts. Group sizes are kept small, usually between 10 and 20. The cost for both of these programs is calculated on a sliding fee scale.
The residential program offers 24-hour, seven-day-a-week care for an average stay of 30 days. Clients are required to participate in daily 12-step meetings, group therapy and drug and alcohol education. Individual counseling and medical assessments take place once a week. Group topics include trauma, grief, the addiction-as-a-disease concept, life skills and relapse prevention. This program aims to provide clients with confidence, coping skills and a new outlook on life. It does not offer outpatient or aftercare, but referrals to sober living housing are provided, as needed.
The outpatient program for opiate addicts is associated with the State of Maryland’s Buprenorphine Initiative Program. Clients are treated with group and individual therapy by program counselors while being monitored and prescribed Suboxone by the program physician. Due to limited availability, a screening process is required to ensure clients are serious about treating their addiction.
The staff consists of physicians, nurses, therapists and substance abuse counselors.
Kent County Behavioral Health offers a DUI program for court-referred individuals. They also work with individuals who self-refer, have been referred by their lawyers or must attend treatment as a condition of their probation. From diversion classes for first-time offenders to individual counseling, clients in all kinds of situations can find help here.
Kent County Behavioral Health provides affordable detox, inpatient treatment plans that center around the 12 steps, and drug replacement therapy. Clients can experience the community of group therapy, regardless of their finances.
Kent County Behavioral Health
125 S Lynchburg St
Chestertown, MD 21620
Kent County Behavioral Health Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Kent County Behavioral Health by phone at (410) 778-2616. Find Kent County Behavioral Health on Facebook
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