The Woodhull Medical Center is a Brooklyn-based hospital that was developed by Mayor John Lindsay and Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967. The hospital itself was not opened until 1982 due to a financial crisis in the city, but since the facility’s opening, it has become part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. This joining enables the hospital and its clinics to accept clients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital provides standard medical as well as mental health care including outpatient substance abuse treatment and detox services.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to their admission, clients must schedule an appointment or walk-in for an assessment. This screening assessment determines the level of care needed before they are enrolled in a program. If the client is in need of detox, they are first admitted to the 38-bed detox ward in the primary hospital location. All services at the remote mental health clinic are outpatient-based. Services are only available for adults at this time.
Once admitted, clients who have been through detox are monitored with Suboxone or other Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) methods. Detox clients have the option of enrolling in the outpatient program once they have stabilized.
The outpatient program offers individualized treatment for clients with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Clients attend group therapy as well as individual therapy for the duration of their treatment. A range of treatment methods are used including evidence-based practices and harm reduction models. Harm reduction methods are used for clients who do not display acute chemical dependency, but who face DUI/DWI infractions and other substance-related legal issues.
Treatment includes specialized services for individuals with HIV, vocational assistance and medication management for individuals in need of dual diagnosis support. Groups and individual treatment are also available for gambling and other process addictions. All clients are required to attend 12-step meetings and on-site AA/NA meetings are available for convenience. All groups are facilitated by CADCs and medication and deeper mental concerns are monitored by Doctors and Psychiatrists who specialize in addiction medicine.
In addition to mental health treatment and chemical dependency needs, the clinic provides services for adolescents and children with mental health disorders. Tobacco cessation treatment, Geriatric day treatment and mobile crisis services are also offered.
Chemical dependency clients have the benefit of receiving acupuncture at the facility. Metro cards for transportation assistance are available for those who qualify.
The Woodhull Medical Center provides mental health services for the communities across the five boroughs with both chemical dependency and general mental health services available. No client is turned away for their inability to pay for services. Clients may begin their treatment process at the detox ward and then step down to outpatient treatment to further their recovery process. Woodhull focuses on providing treatment tracks that best serve their clients.
Woodhull Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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