Valley HealthCare System started in 1969 as a small counseling center at the University of West Virginia. It has since grown into a comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider serving Monongalia, Marion, Preston and Taylor Counties in Northern West Virginia.
Its New Beginnings Extended Care Program provides long-term residential substance abuse treatment for women. New Beginnings is located in Fairmont, a small town on the Monongahela River. Valley HealthCare also provides co-ed residential and outpatient treatment at its Morgantown location, and offers mental health treatment at several locations throughout the four counties, including a nearby facility in Fairmont.
Accommodations and Food
Residents stay in an intimate home in downtown Fairmont. Accommodations are available for up to eight women at a time, and residents have roommates and shared bathrooms. Women can watch cable TV in the recreation room after 5 pm on weekdays and on weekends. The house also has a workout room with exercise equipment.
During the week, residents walk to Valley HealthCare’s treatment center (across the street from their residence) for meals that are served in the facility’s cafeteria. On weekends, residents use their food stamps (all residents are on Medicaid) to purchase food and prepare at the house, with staff assistance for nutrition and meal-planning.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at New Beginnings is divided into two three-month phases, for a total of six months. During Phase One, women have six hours of group therapy each day, 10 hours of supportive group therapy each week, one hour of weekly individual therapy and one hour of supportive one-on-one therapy each week. In supportive sessions, residents work with a therapist or coach to practice the specific principles explored that week in therapy, such as problem solving or drawing boundaries.
In Phase Two, women identify educational and professional goals and begin working part-time. There are several restaurants and shops near the residence that often employ its clients. Residents also begin working with a recovery coach on their post-treatment plans. Throughout treatment, residents are required to attend seven 12-step meetings each week, which are within walking distance of the residence.
The New Beginnings treatment team includes Master’s-level therapists such as MSWs and recovery coaches. Therapists and psychiatrists in the nearby Fairmont treatment facility can offer New Beginnings clients dual diagnosis support.
Every other weekend, the residents decide collectively on a special recreational activity—such as a movie outing or sports event. Throughout treatment, women apply for passes to leave the residence, starting with four-hour passes for shopping and recreation and up to 74-hour passes for weekends home. For aftercare, clients may be referred to Valley HealthCare’s outpatient program or another outpatient program better-suited to their location or needs.
Valley HealthCare System’s New Beginnings Extended Care Program offers long-term residential treatment in which residents have ample opportunity to practice new life skills in the program’s supportive counseling sessions. By beginning employment and going on extended off-site visits while in treatment, residents receive counseling support and guidance when the stressors of independent living challenge their new coping skills.
Valley HealthCare System
202 Columbia St
Fairmont, WV 26554
Valley HealthCare System New Beginnings Cost: Residents must be on Medicaid. Reach Valley HealthCare System New Beginnings by phone at (304) 363-2228 x4330.
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