Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, the The Mustard Seed Inn, provides long-term transitional housing and substance abuse treatment services for homeless men and women. Dual diagnosis support is also provided. The facility operates as part of the vast WestCare network, which runs behavioral health facilities all over the country. In the Florida Gulf Coast region, Westcare has five other programs. The Mustard Seed Inn helps an average of 315 male and female clients on an annual basis. Since the Mustard Seed Inn is located in close proximity to two VA hospitals, many clients are US veterans. The rehab also accepts criminal justice clients.
Accommodations and Food
The Mustard Seed Inn accommodates 73 residents inside a three-story gray building that once was a hotel. The Inn includes a large adjacent gated parking lot, and is located in close proximity to many local businesses. Clients are lodged dorm-style in gender-specific rooms, with up to five people per room. Rooms include bunk or twin beds, dressers and plastic bins used for storage.
Clients are provided with three meals a day, cafeteria-style. Amenities are sparse, but clients are encouraged to utilize resources in the local community.
Rules and Regulations
Clients in need of immediate shelter are sent to another WestCare operated facility, Turning Point, which is in close proximity to The Mustard Seed Inn. Often, clients stay there and undergo detox, and receive counseling services so that they can transition into the Mustard Seed program. The length of stay at Turning Point is 30 days. During that time, staff provides health and human service referrals located in the local area, so that clients can find facilities, which offer clothing, showers and food. During their stay, clients receive individual therapy and are encouraged to attend local 12-step meetings.
Afterwards, clients transition into the Mustard Seed Inn program, where they can stay at the facility for up to 24 months. At the Mustard Seed Inn, an evidence-based protocol is used during treatment, which includes CBT-based group and individual therapy and case management. Group topics include relapse prevention, trauma, substance abuse education, relationship issues, behavioral management, coping skills and life skills. Clients attend 12-step meetings in the local community, acquire sponsors and work their steps.
Dual diagnosis support is also provided, and appropriate clients are referred to a psychiatrist for medication management. Staff at The Mustard Seed Inn includes several CADCs and LPCs, specializing in addiction, trauma recovery and ADHD.
While the program is free, clients are expected to pay 30% of their wages towards the program, after they find gainful employment. Additionally, they are provided with help in securing permanent housing. Clients are also provided with vocational assistance so that they can find work. This includes job leads, resume writing and job interviewing.
Former clients rave about A Mustard Seed Inn, saying that the facility offers comprehensive substance abuse and mental health support. This is an excellent resource for those in the St. Petersburg area who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and metal health issues. The Mustard Seed Inn and other Eestcare facilities provide a chance for low-cost, life-changing treatment.
The Mustard Seed Inn
2510 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
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