Located in Ogden, Utah, Weber Human Services (WHS) treats the fast-growing urban populations of Weber and Morgan counties. Originally organized by a cooperative agreement between these two counties, WHS was founded with the goal of providing treatment for substance abuse, mental heath and senior service programs under one administration. Only those residents who are high risk—like adolescents, children, the elderly, adults suffering from mental health issues or addictions, pregnant women and IV drug users—are eligible for services.
WHS aims to help the community at large by supporting and empowering its most vulnerable members through dozens of services, including outpatient treatment for substance abuse.
Treatment and Staff
Outpatient treatment for adults is evidence-based, individualized and uses a CBT format, helping clients develop personal accountability and life skills. While WHS’s approach is not 12-step based, clients are encouraged to attend AA/NA meetings in the community. Medication management is offered for those with co-occurring disorders and mental health issues, and random urinalysis testing is performed at least twice weekly. Treatment also includes individual and group behavior management and individual and group therapy. WHS has a Specialized Family Service Team, which tries to decrease adolescent substance abuse through both outpatient treatment for youth and social services for their families.
Individual and group therapy are typically scheduled at the facility, but family counseling is provided in the home of the adolescent client. Services might also be supplemented by psychiatric care, academic and vocational assistance, parent training interventions and ongoing drug testing—depending on the needs of each youth and their family. For adolescents having major behavioral problems requiring more intensive services than outpatient can provide, WHS collaborates with the Archway Receiving Center, a 24-bed residential facility for youth between the ages of 12-18.
There are about 20 staff in the substance abuse program, all either licensed therapist or case workers, and many help coordinate any further care clients need through other community agencies when necessary.
WHS offers targeted case management, which assists eligible clients to not only gain access to medical, social and educational services but also coordinates the care between all those providers and agencies. Other programs offered by WHS include DUI Education Services, Drug Diversion, Clean Start (specialty women’s services), Child Protection Drug Court, Domestic Violence Perpetrators, Domestic Violence Children and Adults and Emergency Services. WHS runs multiple community outreach programs as well, like Parents Empowered, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Growing Up Strong.
Adult Skills Development Services (ASD) are sometimes provided to those in treatment who need assistance with basic living skills—such as meal planning, shopping, food preparation, money management, grooming, personal hygiene and maintenance of a living environment.
Weber Human Services is a family-centered, community-based treatment program that aims to serve the most vulnerable members of its community through outpatient treatment and dozens of social service programs, all at low or no cost. Medicaid pays for most treatment, but a sliding scale is available to those who don’t quality for Medicaid.
Weber Human Services
237 26th St.
Ogden, UT 84401
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