ABOUT ST. VINCENT ANDERSON REGIONAL – THE ANDERSON CENTER
Located in Anderson, Ind., The Anderson Center at St. Vincent Anderson Regional provides a full continuum of treatment programs for adults and adolescents struggling with chemical dependency, mental illness, or co-occurring mental health issues. One of the 20 locations operated by the St. Vincent network of hospitals, The Anderson Center offers short-term inpatient treatment, anand outpatient treatment services for adults, as well as a residential and a day treatment program for adolescents.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, patients undergo an initial assessment to determine the most appropriate level of care. During inpatient treatment, patients participate in group, individual, and family counseling, educational presentations, including films, and a range of exercise and recreational activities.
Once a patient is stabilized, they may be referred to the outpatient program to continue treatment. Specialized outpatient sessions are also available, including sessions on sexual abuse, domestic violence, battered wife syndrome, adoption issues, and depression. An intensive outpatient program takes place three times a week, either in the evening or during the day.
Adolescents who require structure and supervision may be referred to the residential or day treatment program. Day treatment offers programming Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During treatment, patients adhere to a rigorous schedule of group therapy sessions, which covers topics such as conflict resolution, anger management, managing feelings, and self-esteem. The Anderson Center also incorporates equine therapy throughout treatment and offers on-site schooling.
The treatment team includes multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, family physicians, psychologists, licensed addiction and mental counselors, nurses, social workers, pastoral counselors, and recreation assistants.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
While specific information concerning the program’s facilities is limited on the website, as a hospital-based program, clients should expect a clinical setting.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Best-rehabs.com has received feedback from one alum who found the program was overall effective, giving the treatment effectiveness four out of five stars, with plenty of counseling options. The alum provided three out of five stars for the facility’s inclusion of holistic treatment methods. The anonymous alum wrote: “The caring people that work there were a strength.”
On Google, the facility earned 2.5 out of five stars from 11 reviewers to date. One alum, Stephanie, praised the program and wrote: “I went for various reasons. The staff is supposed to be compassionate (which they are) but they are not there to be a best friend. They are there to help us get well and stay well. Follow up is key. IOP, Outpatient…. etc.” Alum James, on the other hand, gave five out of five stars and wrote: “spent 3 months and didn’t help.” Alum Nina shared a particularly negative experience, claiming staff showed little respect for patients.
The sole individual to leave feedback on YellowPages.com at the time of this writing was alum Garion, who praised the counselors and staff as kind and respectful. “They helped me get my head together and deal with a lot of stress I was going through after a very traumatic experience,” he shared.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Five loved ones provided feedback to Best-rehabs.com; however, their opinions about the facility were extremely mixed. The polarized topics included its overall effectiveness, the level of family participation, and the staff’s level of training and experience. Multiple loved ones commented on the short length of stay of the inpatient program, which they believed contributed to ineffective treatment.
One spouse reported her husband was worse after three days of treatment, and another spouse wrote: “They let my husband out before he was better and i had to deal with his problems and try to help him through his mental illness.” In a more positive experience, a parent described the staff as “very helpful and really caring.”
As a hospital, Anderson Regional works with several private insurance companies and accepts Medicaid. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.