Palmer Continuum of Care (PCC) is a a nonprofit Oklahoma-based facility with three substance abuse treatment programs: a residential treatment center (Tulsa Women’s and Children’s Center) for mothers or pregnant women, an outpatient facility for adolescents and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents. Palmer Continuum of Care started out as Palmer Drug Abuse Programs of Tulsa (PDAP Tulsa) in 1981. The founders are a couple who had children in treatment in PDAP Houston who needed to continue their recovery in Tulsa.
Accommodations and Food
Tulsa Women’s and Children’s Center has a layout similar to a nursing home, but for younger people. TWCC has 52 beds and women live in suites with two rooms and a bathroom. There are three to four beds in each suite. Mothers with children (up to 13 years of age) typically share the same rooms. There are also single rooms available for mothers with babies or toddlers.
In-house cooks prepare meals for the women and children. Fruit and light beverages are available at all times, while coffee is served until 1 pm.
Treatment and Staff
The weekly schedule at Tulsa Women’s and Children’s Center includes counseling, therapy and education sessions. Clients receive individual and group therapy each week, with 12-step groups available. TWCC requires clients to participate in group therapy for four hours a week. There are educational classes for anger management, nutrition, parenting and the mechanics of addiction.
A day in the life of a resident at TWCC begins at 7:30 am with breakfast and various chores. Residents meditate or participate in processing groups from 8 am to 9:20 am. Classes from 9:30 am to 11:15 am include nutrition and anger management. Lunch is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Women meet with their case managers or have individual therapy from 12:45 pm to 3:30 pm. Parenting classes are offered from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm, followed by dinner until 6:00 pm. Mothers have time built into their schedule to play with their children from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, which is lights out. Non-parents have lights out at 10:30. Resident counselors, a group of women who organize team chores, can stay up until 11:30 pm.
Residents are allotted phone privileges once a week for 10 minutes during the first 30 days of treatment. Women on the resident council have two 10-minute phone calls or one 20-minute phone call each week. Residents have movie nights on Saturdays and recreational activities such as yoga or group outings. Smoking and all tobacco products are not permitted at the facility or during group outings.
The Palmer outpatient program for adolescents includes individual, group and family counseling. Clients attend each type of counseling session once a week for three to four months. Group counseling sessions are limited to 12 clients. Clients learn how to form strong social networks and communicate effectively.
Palmer’s IOP offers individualized treatment programs for adolescents, geared toward substance abuse and chemical dependency. Clients attend structured programming for nine hours a week. Length of treatment varies; the average is six weeks of counseling sessions and educational classes. Classes and counseling focus on anger management, family dynamics, relapse prevention and setting boundaries.
Residents at TWCC practice yoga intermittently throughout the week. The weekends provide more time for recreational activities than during the week.
Palmer Continuum of Care offers a diversity of substance abuse programs for adolescents, women and women with children. This supportive and economical rehab is a good choice for clients who want to deal effectively with addiction and reintegrate into society and the working world.
Tulsa Women’s and Children’s Center
2442 Mohawk Blvd
Tulsa, OK 74110
5319 S Lewis Ave, #219
Tulsa, OK 74105
Palmer Continuum of Care Cost: TWCC no cost, Outpatient and IOP call for cost. Reach Palmer Continuum of Care by phone at (918) 832-7763 (adolescent services) and (918) 430-0975 (TWCC) or by email. Find Palmer Continuum of Care on Facebook
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