As part of MCCA’s vast recovery network, the women’s residential program, Trinity Glen Kent, is the sister program to Trinity Glen Sharon for men. Located in the town of Kent, up in the hills of Connecticut, this particular facility opened in 2013 and since then has been providing women with extended stay, evidence-based treatment in a therapeutic work environment.
Accommodations and Food
In what was formerly a B&B, Trinity Glen Kent looks like a rustic log cabin retreat. The back yard is a serene landscape which includes a flower-trimmed pond, full of fish. There is also a teepee, a peacock, a horse and a rooster on the property.
Inside there are six bedrooms—two singles, three doubles and one room for three, for a total of 11 beds. The private rooms are reserved for women who have been in residence the longest, and sometimes for special clinical cases. All clients sleep in twin beds and share a bathroom with two other people. The common areas include a leisure room with a TV and an Internet-ready computer. Women at Trinity Glen are allotted time in their schedules for job searches, resume building and social media sessions.
Meals for the Trinity Glen women are delivered twice a day from the men’s residential location in Sharon. Breakfast items include pastries and cold cereal, oatmeal or granola and sausage and eggs. Lunch and dinner can feature meat loaf, baked chicken and rice, baked ziti, hot dogs and beans; potatoes or some sort of vegetable accompanies every meal. During lunch and dinner, a salad bar is always available and vegetarians can request veggie burgers. If residents have other special dietary needs, the staff tries to make concessions for those food restrictions. Sugar and caffeine are both on the menu here and there is also a snack drawer on-site for in between meals and evenings.
Treatment and Staff
Detox is available at the MCCA New Dawn facility in Danbury. Once clients complete detox, they begin the six-to-nine month work therapy program at Trinity Glen Kent. Here, women are expected to work on the grounds as part of treatment, completing basic life skills that include household chores, taking care of the animals, landscaping and shoveling snow. Other therapeutic methods include Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, Process Groups and Seeking Safety. While this house is not a 12-step program per say, certain groups refer to the principles, and clients can attend off-site meetings. Residents are also transported to co-ed group therapy at the Sharon location. Dual diagnosis support at the Kent house is limited and consists of a staffer distributing medication and transporting clients to doctors at either the Sharon or Torrington locations.
All clients receive at least one individual therapy session, if not more, every week; the amount changes as the women progress in the program. There are other changes as treatment progresses. After a 30-day blackout period, women are allowed to receive phone calls and earn off-ground passes to do things like attend off-site meetings. A counselor must approve any non-program outings and clients must take a Breathalyzer test or a urinalysis when they return.
Clients at Trinity Glen Kent wake up at 7 am for breakfast and morning chores. Work and group therapy begin at 8 am and continue until lunch around noon. Therapy continues after lunch until 4 pm, when clients are given time to meditate, reflect and write before dinner at 5:15 pm. After dinner, residents have down time, which includes 12-step meetings, exercise, step work, socializing, watching TV and listening to music. While lights out is at 10 pm, residents are permitted to lie in bed and read or listen to music—so long as it doesn’t disturb others. Laptops and tablets are permitted, but there is no WiFi.
While there is no official family program, if a resident is estranged from her family, a clinician works with her to re-establish that connection if she desires to do so. Visitation occurs on Sundays between 10 am and 4 pm. While earned passes permit a client to leave the grounds, residents cannot leave with friends or family during visitation hours.
Trinity Glen Kent employs two counselors, work therapy supervisors, a director, a clinical supervisor, a medication manager and a yoga instructor. During the day, there’s always at least one tech on duty—two techs at night. All core staffers are either CADCs or LADCs.
Aside from scheduled yoga, which is Thursday or Friday, clients can use an on-site elliptical machine, hula hoops and free weights. Wednesdays are reserved for recreation, like fishing in the pond and therapeutic arts & crafts (residents often learn to crochet). Clients also enjoy walks around the grounds. Sometimes an outing is planned during this time, like shopping, or trips to the local museum. Clients also go to Wal-Mart, The Big E (a five-day multi-state fair), The Bronx Zoo, do volunteer work, go bowling and to the movies.
Trinity Glen Kent provides extended care in an idyllic environment (where else can you find a peacock?) Working to maintain the property in addition to therapy could be a good way to ease into life outside of the treatment bubble. Clients are also less sequestered here than at other residential facilities, with regularly scheduled outings and interactions with other facilities in the MCCA network. Six to nine months is a long time to get this kind of support at a reasonable price point; for those who feel they need that, this is a solid option.
MCCA Trinity Glen Kent
62-64 Kent Cornwall Rd
Kent, CT 06757
MCCA Trinity Glen Kent Cost: $3,750 (30 days). Reach MCCA Trinity Glen Kent by phone at (860) 592-3200 or by email at [email protected]. Find MCCA Trinity Glen Kent on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn
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