ABOUT MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE — GAINSVILLE
The main campus in Gainesville sits toward the south of the city, on the border of Sweetwater Wetlands Park, and offers short and long-term residential and partial hospitalization programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse and, including a dedicated unit for chemically dependent pregnant and postpartum women. The facility also provides long-term housing for persons with emotional disabilities. Medical detox is available on-site and this facility can take involuntary admissions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The main Meridian Behavioral Healthcare campus offers residential treatment for adults that utilizes a therapeutic community model of treatment with 12-step participation. Residential treatment lasts 28-90 days.
The Mother’s Intensive Support Treatment (MIST) program is available to substance-using pregnant and postpartum women. Mothers stay in the residential portion of the program for 6-12 months and transition into an intensive outpatient program.
The Substance Abuse PICC Program treats clients with a history of IV drug use and severe infection requiring antibiotic treatment. Clients are monitored 24/7 and receive home healthcare services, engage in supportive counseling, and improve mental and physical wellness, among other expectations.
Treatment staff at this facility include a licensed clinicians, master’s level counselors, physicians, nurses, licensed mental health counselor, recovery counselors, and recovery specialists. The residential facility is staffed 24/7.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The adult residential facility houses 44 clients, while the MIST program has 10 beds. All Meridian facilities are tobacco-free. To date, 14 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date rated Meridian’s accommodations and amenities an average 2.6 out of five stars and its meals and nutrition 3.1 stars, while six rated its cleanliness an average four out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Three alumni surveyed and nine who posted reviews to Best-rehabs.com to date left mixed feedback. The three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com gave only one- and two-star ratings for Meridian’s holistic offerings. In addition, two alumni indicated that the staff were inexperienced. However, one reviewer gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and wrote: “It was a place where I felt comfortable, food was good and staff were very friendly and attentive.”
Almost all negative reviews cited a lack of care and attention from staff. Alum C. wrote: “The doctors don’t care or just really seem like they don’t care.” Alum Vicki gave just one out of five stars for the staff’s level of experience and training, writing: “I couldn’t wait to leave. The staff was friendly but the downfalls included the cleanliness, understanding by the counselors of addiction the the inadequate supervision.” In addition, three reviewers mentioned long wait times for appointments.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from two loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date are mixed. While one gave high ratings of four and five out of five stars for overall treatment effectiveness, the other gave a two-star rating, as well as four stars in counseling options. In addition, both gave only one and two stars for holistic options. “Clean. good staff but No follow up,” one anonymous loved one wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
A former staff member surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date gave a mixed review, including five out of five stars for the management’s honesty but just two stars for job satisfaction. The staff member wrote: “Broad scope of service offered and treatment options.”
According to the organization’s website, fees are set on a sliding scale, and most major insurance policies are accepted, including Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. In addition, the facility contracts with Lutheran Social Services and County Commissions to provide care for indigent clients.