Pasadena Villa is a residential treatment program located in Orlando, Florida that focuses primarily on mental health. Founded by three people who shared a vision of teaching “life skills and social manners that encourage positive social functioning,” Pasadena Villa opened its doors in 2002. It soon expanded to include the Transitional Living and Learning Center in 2005 and two Community Residential Homes in 2008. It also has a second location, Smoky Mountain Lodge, which opened in 2009.
Accommodations and Food
The facility offers residents a stay in an urban, upscale and artistic community in the heart of the “cultural corridor” near Winter Park. It is a 14-bed, co-ed program with private rooms for each guest, and the building resembles a large, white-columned 1990’s-era suburban home. The interiors are airy with lofted ceilings and tiled floors but for the most part, Pasadena Villa offers dated but comfortable decor. There is no pool on the premises, but clients have access and membership to an athletic complex only five minutes away, with both indoor and outdoor pools available.
TVs are available in each room which residents can watch at will around scheduled sessions and activities. Cell phones and electronic devices are permitted and even encouraged, as they are considered important tools to social integration. Time is scheduled specifically for Internet use in order to participate in social networking—unusually enough, this is viewed as an integral part of their clients’ mental well-being.
All meals are served family-style at one large table. The facility considers this a form of group therapy where staff and residents eat together, in order to help clients model and learn better social skills. The kitchen staff have all been trained at reputable culinary schools, and can accommodate all dietary restrictions and recommendations. Nearly every meal offers at least one vegan option, and on-staff dietitians work with clients to develop food plans for healthy bodies and minds.
Treatment and Staff
Pasadena Villa offers treatment for people suffering from cognitive, emotional and social disorders through their unique Social Integration Model. The facilities offer psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care for adults (18 and older) who live with schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder (with and without psychosis), autism spectrum disorders, schizoaffective disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and co-occurring mental illness and drug addiction (though there is no on-site detox).
The program helps each client practice life and social skills with the end goal of healthy independent living. The Social Integration Model is a process that integrates residents into the community at large, practicing everyday activities with licensed and professional supervision. The staff can intervene if necessary, but each community outing is geared towards instilling confidence and coping skills in real-life situations and environments.
There is a minimum of one psychiatric session, one therapy session and one family therapy session every week, though more are available when necessary and possible; the average is four group sessions a day. Therapy for chemical dependency and relapse prevention is available as well, with 12-step meetings for those who wish to attend; still, it’s worth noting that Pasadena’s focus is more on mental illness than addiction by itself.
With various levels of care available at Pasadena Villa, its inpatient program has a one-to-14 staff-to-resident ratio, with each clinician having a caseload of about five to seven clients. Those living off-campus in community-based residential treatment (it can accommodate 10 individuals residing in single family homes) will have access to assistance 24/7. Day treatment and transitional housing are also available for potential clients needing less intensive treatment. Overall, the staff is culturally diverse with a good balance of men and women, and includes psychotherapists, registered nurses and psychiatric technicians all on-site.
Aside from the aforementioned treatment options, there’s also art, music and recreational therapies incorporated into the program, on top of career, academic and life skills coaching. In terms of recreation, activities such as bowling, Frisbee, fishing and trips to the movies put clients in social situations out of their comfort zone, all to challenge their limitations and help with behavioral correction.
Overall, Pasadena Villa offers a unique approach to recovery and mental health with a heavy focus on integrating into mainstream life. With regular one-on-one therapy, group sessions and the social rehabilitation program, clients with mental health issues have every tool at their disposal to learn to live a normal life. Since mental illness is rarely discussed in our culture, Pasadena Villa offers hope to a very specific group of sufferers.
Pasadena Villa Location
119 Pasadena Place
Orlando, FL 32803
Pasadena Villa Cost
Pasadena Villa is a private out-of-network provider that is joint accredited. It works closely with families and their insurance benefits to assist client access care that they can afford. Reach Pasadena Villa by phone at (877) 845-5235 or by email at [email protected]. Find Pasadena Villa on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
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