Since the 1970s, the non-profit WestCare Foundation has operated a network of residential and outpatient treatment facilities throughout the contiguous US, Puerto Rico and the Pacific Islands. Its St. Croix location, which serves residents throughout the Caribbean, has been in operation since the late 1980s and became a part of the WestCare network in 2003.
Accommodations and Food
The Village is situated high atop an ocean-side hill, affording expansive panoramic views. Numerous residences and treatment buildings occupy the grounds, and men and women in the residential program are accommodated in separate gender-specific buildings in double-occupancy rooms. The buildings have recreation rooms with TVs and weight rooms. Cell phones and computers are not permitted.
A cook prepares all meals, and makes every effort to accommodate allergies and preferences. For additional exercise, residents are encouraged to go for walks on the plantation, which features architectural ruins and beautiful ocean views.
Treatment and Staff
Most treatment plans are three to six months, and The Village uses the therapeutic community treatment model to guide clients through the recovery process. Staff is qualified to treat clients with mild to severe co-occurring disorders. The first months of treatment focus on stabilization and building recovery and life skills. By the fourth month, most residents are ready to start looking for work in the community.
Residents begin their days with meditation, then have full days of group and individual therapy followed by attendance of on and off-site 12-step meetings in the evenings. Each client has individual therapy at least once a week. Therapy uses trauma-informed care, CBT, Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Residents also have psychoeducation classes on HIV prevention and budgeting and nutrition. In the evenings, clients have a house meeting and then are transported to off-site 12-step meetings or attend one on the plantation.
The treatment team at The Village includes physicians, psychiatrists, Master’s-level therapists with trauma certifications and behavioral health technicians. Since most of The Village’s clients are in treatment for trauma, the team has found that gender-specific groups and recreation provide the best atmosphere for healing. However, there are some classes and activities that are co-ed.
Throughout their stay, each client has extensive case management services, which help them access dental and physician care, medication and job skills training. Before clients are discharged, they work with their case-manager to secure a safe place to live and a stable income.
Once they’ve left residential treatment, clients can attend weekly aftercare groups. Those in need of parenting skills can attend classes at an affiliated family services agency while in treatment.
WestCare Foundation’s Village-Virgin Islands has provided residential treatment at the scenic Sion Hill Farm for nearly three decades. In addition to intensive treatment, including dual-diagnosis support, clients have the advantage of comprehensive case-management services that ensure they’re returning home to a safer and more secure life than they knew before.
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