The UHS healthcare conglomerate has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff, working out of 60 locations in the southern regions of New York State. As part of this system, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital offers inpatient substance abuse treatment for adults 18 years and older from its facility in Walton, New York. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, this small, intimate hospital has been providing addiction services for residents of Delaware County for more than 20 years.
Accommodations and Food
Within the 25-bed acute care facility at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is a 10-bed substance abuse unit for adult men and women. There are five double-occupancy rooms, each with a separate bathroom. The setting is a traditional hospital ward with linoleum floors and fluorescent lighting, though the rooms are nicely furnished with twin beds and nightstands, shared dressers and closets. Laundry facilities and a common room with TV are provided for residents’ use.
Food is cafeteria-style and prepared by a licensed dietician. There is a salad bar option at lunch and dinner and snacks consisting of fruit, yogurt and fruit juices are available between meals. Special dietary requests can be accommodated.
There is a very strict no smoking policy. Smokers are prescribed nicotine patches and when clients attend supervised outside 12-step meetings, the treatment technician watches them carefully. People caught smoking are subject to expulsion from the program.
Treatment and Staff
The length of the residential program at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital is anywhere from seven to 28 days, depending on assessment and insurance. There is no detox available, so clients who are assessed as being severely dependent are referred to the proper facility prior to admission. In addition, there is no psych ward at this small hospital, so clients with co-occurring disorders who are not currently on medication may not be admitted. However, potential clients who are currently on medication and are being seen by their own psychiatrist are eligible.
The typical schedule is a 6 am wake up, breakfast at 6:30 am and focus group at 7 am. Group therapy continues until lunchtime and topics include addiction studies, introduction to the 12-steps, relapse prevention, gender-specific groups (trauma and codependency) and stress management techniques. Residents also have individual therapy three times a week. Lunch is at noon and groups continue until dinner at 5:30. Clients go out for walks twice a day, before and after lunch. They also attend outside 12-step meetings five nights per week. Saturday night is movie night and Sunday is visiting day.
There are four substance abuse counselors, two therapists, one registered nurse and one treatment technician on staff during the day. At night, there is a nurse and a technician. A licensed substance abuse counselor facilitates all group sessions (including family education day) and a Master’s-level therapist handles individual sessions. All of the therapeutic team members use a CBT approach.
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital has family education day every Sunday from 9 am to 10 am. Held in a classroom setting, a substance abuse counselor facilitates an educational workshop on addiction and family dynamics. From 10 am until noon, clients may visit with family members. After visiting, family members meet individually with counselors on the unit; the client is not present.
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital has an intimate substance abuse unit, which may be perfect for clients who need a lot of attention. With a maximum capacity of 10 residents and individual therapy three times per week, it would be difficult for anyone to get lost in the shuffle. The family program is also notable; a lot of individual time is spent with each family member, which is unusual for adult treatment programs.
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital
1 Titus Pl
Walton, NY 13856
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital Cost: $23,800 (28 days). Reach UHS Delaware Valley Hospital by phone at (607) 865-2100 or by email.
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