Founded about 15 years ago by executive director Farris Glover, My Home Inc. is an intimate, culturally-specific outpatient facility in St. Paul, Minnesota. Glover is in recovery and has built his career in the addiction field. Concerned about the number of black people who are incarcerated, he made it his personal mission to address the issues that lead people to crime. My Home Inc. provides comprehensive treatment services for African-American men and women, primarily criminal justice clients. While they do target the African-American community, all ethnic groups are welcome.
Treatment and Staff
My Home’s outpatient programs are evidence-based, employing CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. The gender-specific Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) goes for 18 sessions. The women’s track consists of three hours of group therapy, twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Groups are led by a female counselor who picks a weekly area of focus. Topics include understanding chemical dependency, the stages of addiction, relapse prevention, anger management, parenting, and developing coping skills.
Clients are given weekly homework assignments and the women participate in evidence-based exercises. The women’s track averages between nine and 10 women and, overall, there are no more than 12 adults per group session. The men’s track parallels the women’s protocol and both tracks offer dual diagnosis support. Individual therapy is offered based on the client’s needs, but is not a required part of IOP. Since most clients are court-ordered or involved in custody cases, all clients are subject to random drug urine screenings.
Aftercare services are similar to outpatient tracks, but less time-intensive, meeting just once a week for two-hour groups. The length of aftercare treatment varies depending on the individual’s situation. Groups focus on relapse prevention, coping skills and recognizing triggers. Discussions also include family issues, communication techniques and celebration of African-American culture. The aftercare track uses peer-to-peer recovery support, with program graduates leading the meetings each week.
The small staff, including Glover, consists of six LADCs and a Master’s-level clinical supervisor.
My Home offers a men’s domestic abuse/anger management program for criminal justice clients. Like the substance abuse track, the program follows an evidence-based protocol in a group setting. A men’s parenting class helps fathers establish paternity, reunite with their children and work on family relationships.
The specialized East African men’s Khat Recovery program is a collaboration between the rehab and the Confederation of Somali Community of Minnesota, providing outpatient services for men who abuse khat as well as other mood-altering substances.
My Home Inc. offers an affordable, unique, culturally-specific program for criminal justice clients who are re-entering society. Not only do they have comprehensive services, but they show a commitment to their community by helping their target population regain their dignity while establishing a foundation in recovery.
My Home Inc.
651 University Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
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