Founded in 1970, Palladia, was a non-profit community services organization in New York City that ran Starhill Residential Treatment Program in the Bronx. In 2014 Palladia merged with another organization called Services for the UnderServed (SUS), which took over the facility. Today, Starhill is still going strong, providing treatment for men and women suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Approximately 200 clients reside in the sprawling co-ed facility, but are housed in gender-specific wings. The dorm-style rooms accommodate between three and four clients each. Each floor has three bathrooms. The residents are served three hot meals a day, cafeteria-style. Typical dinner entrees include chicken burritos, chicken wings, pasta and salad. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Starhill lasts between six and 12 months. Clients are screened over the phone and receive individualized treatment plans, depending on their history, drug of choice and the severity of their addiction. While detox services are not provided, referrals are made to a local hospital. Starhill focuses on helping clients with co-occurring disorders, providing medication management and dual diagnosis support.
During the first 30 days, clients undergo a blackout period and cannot leave the building. Starhill uses a Modified Therapeutic Community Program (MTC) model, which is comprised of four stages including admissions, inpatient care, transitional living and outpatient care. Treatment includes group and individual therapy, and mandatory in-house 12-step meetings three times a week. Group topics include life skills, symptom management, parenting, emotional coping, behavioral skills and relapse prevention.
Residents who progress successfully through the first two stages begin to have more freedom and are encouraged to attend school, get jobs and look for a sober living home to move into after residential treatment. Those who graduate to the final phase return for outpatient groups one to three times a week. Peer support is utilized as an integral part of treatment. Additionally, clients rely heavily on staff, who act as role models and teaches them tools to learn accountability.
Staff includes Bachelor’s-level residential managers, CASACs, psychiatrists, medical providers and volunteers.
Clients receive access to on-site medical and psychiatric care.
Vocation reintegration into the workplace is provided, and clients learn money management, basic banking skills and job guidance.
Starhill at SUS offers financially challenged clients suffering from chemical dependency an opportunity to rebuild their lives and work on many aspects in their recovery. While there is often a waiting list, Starhill offers a popular program which has a long history and a good reputation. Living in the Bronx might not be a picnic, but the primary care is comprehensive, and staff is on hand to provide supervision around-the-clock.
SUS/Palladia, Inc. Location
Starhill Residential Treatment Program
1600 Macombs Road
Bronx, NY 10453
Starhill Residential Treatment Program at SUS Cost
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