Based out of Cleveland, Volunteers of America Greater Ohio is a CARF-accredited organization that provides long-term residential treatment plans for clients struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. The organization is a subsidiary of Volunteers of America, which facilitates a wide range of substance abuse and behavioral health services across the country.
Accommodations and Food
Clients in primary care are housed at the organization’s domiciliary located in the Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland. The facility has a total of 122 beds in shared, dorm-style rooms. While the majority of clients are male veterans, the organization also sets aside 14 beds for female veterans. The rooms typically include bunk beds, dressers and shared closet space while the rest of the facility is relatively clinical. Some common areas are available, including lounges with chairs and cable TV as well as a cafeteria where residents are served three meals a day. Eligible clients can stay for up to six months.
Treatment and Staff
After an initial intake and assessment process, residents begin a treatment program which takes them through primary care, vocational skills training and a relapse prevention portion; still, the timeline on these phases may vary depending on the individual. During their stay, all clients attend both group and individual sessions that implement evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Dual diagnosis support is available as well, including trauma-informed care specific to the experience of veterans, many of whom have also previously been homeless. As they progress through the program, residents work with case managers to develop job skills, work on their resumes and secure employment before transitioning into relapse prevention. Clients are also required to attend regular 12-step meetings throughout the duration of the program.
The organization also offers transitional housing facilities in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Sandusky. Each is designed to house homeless and low-income veterans who have generally already been through primary care. Other services include standalone mental health and case management services for veterans and their families.
Volunteers of America Greater Ohio is a community-oriented network with many programs available for veterans struggling with addiction and mental illness. Clients receive flexible treatment planning which includes 12-step support, case management, legal aid and evidence-based care. For those in the area who are looking for a longer-term program, Volunteers of America Greater Ohio’s residential programs are an invaluable resource.
Volunteers of America Greater Ohio
1563 E Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106
Volunteers of America Greater Ohio Cost: Free (state-funded). Reach Volunteers of America Greater Ohio by phone at (440) 485-2525. Find Volunteers of America Greater Ohio on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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