With 14 locations in various counties throughout Indiana (Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick), Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare Inc. casts a wide net with its recovery offerings. Programs include mental health and addiction services as well as community outreach and help for adolescents. Its inpatient facility, Stepping Stones, is located on the east side of Evansville, and provides intensive short-term treatment (though its available only to Indiana residents).
Accommodations and Food
Located in a sprawling, office-looking building that provides dormitory style housing, Southwestern’s residential facility is also where many of their outpatient services take place. The facility accommodates up to 30 at a time, with men and women’s rooms in different sections of the building. Clients have one roommate in dorm-style rooms with twin beds, desks, closet space and private bathrooms. There is also a chef on staff who provides three hot meals a day that are served in the facility’s dining area.
Treatment and Staff
Southwestern’s inpatient and outpatient programs resemble each other but their classes don’t overlap. The residential program is short—typically 21 to 28 days. Stepping Stones does not offer a medical detox, but can facilitate a social detox which tends to last for three to seven days. Southwestern labels this process a “modified medical detox,” which means that residents can be prescribed certain medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Still, there’s no medical doctor on-site.
In both programs, days are filled with classes and group therapy and a 12-step meeting rounding out the evening. For those in the residential program, days begin at 6 am with a hot breakfast. Classes are taught by licensed counselors, with specific sessions designed for those suffering from co-occurring mental health issues. Evenings are usually comprised of on- and off-site 12-step meetings. Those selecting the intensive outpatient track are required to attend at least three 12-step meetings a week and get a sponsor during the course of their treatment.
There are few on-site options for recreation at Southwestern, though the residential program sometimes travels off-site to a gym with a basketball court and weightlifting equipment. Still, these trips occur only once every other week which, given the short duration of stay, rounds out to about two visits total. For the most part, those in Southwestern’s inpatient program should steel themselves for few amenities and off-site excursions.
In addition to Southwestern’s numerous outpatient tracks, they offer a wide range of services to the local community, including art classes for adults 18 and over suffering from mental health disorders. The classes are free of charge and participants can submit their work to an annual art show ever September.
Given its multi-tracked outpatient programs and community outreach efforts (including a homeless outreach team and a supervised living home for those with mental illness), there’s no understating the work done by Southwestern. The trick is figuring out the best way to maximize their resources and finding a program plan right for the individual. As it stands, Stepping Stones’s inpatient program may be a boon for Indiana residents, given its flexible pricing.
Southwestern Healthcare, Inc. Location
415 Mulberry St
Evansville, IN 47713
Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare Inc.
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