Located twenty miles west of Binghamton in the small city of Owego, New York, the Tioga County Department of Mental Hygiene has been providing outpatient substance abuse treatment services for more than 10 years. Tioga County has a variety of treatment levels for adults and adolescents including basic outpatient tracks with weekly education groups and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). It also offers a specialized MICA (Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers) track for those with co-occurring disorders.
Treatment and Staff
After a two-hour clinical assessment, clients receive a treatment plan that combines group and individual therapy. The duration of treatment is customized, depending on the acuity of the client’s addiction and their stage of recovery. Most clients are in treatment for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Clients in the IOP meet three times each week for two hours of group therapy in addition to one-on-one sessions. Clients who have previous experience in recovery may enroll in the relapse prevention track which meets twice a week for group therapy in addition to individual therapy. Clients entering recovery may attend the primarily psycho-educational Beginning Treatment group once a week. For those who are stabilized, a Transitional track is available wherein clients attend group therapy twice each week where they process any issues arising post-treatment, such as the challenges of building a sober support system.
The adolescent group meets twice each week for group therapy and individual therapy as-needed. Parents or guardians accompany the minor to their assessment and are expected to attend family counseling as well.
Tioga County has extensive support for those with co-occurring disorders who enroll in the MICA program. Clients attend group sessions three times each week and then gradually step down to two then one weekly meeting. Individual therapy is provided as well, as are medication referrals. Clients in the MICA program receive education on how to access additional community support for their diagnoses.
The treatment team at Tioga County includes addiction counselors such as CASACs, Master’s-level therapists such as MSWs and LCSWs, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners. Staff use a variety of evidence-based modalities including CBT. While clients are not required to attend 12-step meetings, they are encouraged to seek sponsorship while in treatment.
Tioga County has a satellite clinic in Waverly, New York that provides mental health and services for the disabled, but all substance abuse groups meet at the Owego clinic. DWI evaluations and treatment recommendations for incarcerated county residents are also available in Owego.
The Tioga County Department of Mental Hygiene offers several well-structured treatment options for clients at various levels of addiction and recovery. Using evidence-based practices while encouraging clients to develop a peer support network ensures that clients are simultaneously improving relationships with themselves and their peers. Tioga County’s MICA and Adolescent treatment tracks also provide effective care for those with special mental health needs.
Tioga County Department of Mental Hygiene
Health and Human Services Building
1062 State Rd 38
Owego, NY 13287
Tioga County Dept. of Mental Hygiene Cost: Sliding Scale for Residents of Tioga County. Reach Tioga County of Mental Hygiene at (607) 687-4000.
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