Allegany County Health Department – Lois E. Jackson Unit

Allegany County Health Department – Lois E. Jackson Unit


Located in city of Cumberland, situated in the mountains of Western Maryland, Lois E. Jackson Unit provides a residential treatment program for adolescents struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. A service of the Allegany County Health Department, the facility also provides medical detoxification services on-site.


Before beginning treatment, clients participate in an initial assessment to help clinicians develop an individualized treatment plan. Lois E. Jackson Unit’s programming blends a range of evidence-based treatment methods with experiential therapies and an accredited academic curriculum. While clinical treatment addresses factors that may lead to addictive behavior, experiential therapies are designed to promote healthy lifestyle changes upon discharge. Residents also receive physical screenings and have access to medical and dental services. The length of the residential program is 60 days.

During residential treatment, clients participate in a structured schedule of individual, group, and family counseling sessions. The Lois E. Jackson Unit also introduces clients to the 12-step model of recovery. Clients may attend on-site fellowships meetings, study 12-step literature, and perform associated “step-work.” In addition, residents regularly attend substance abuse educational classes, as well as social and life skills workshops. Family education groups are also available to inform loved ones on the process of recovery.

To individualize treatment, the Lois E. Jackson Unit facilitates a range of specialized counseling sessions that address relevant topics to participants. These sessions may focus on issues related to trauma, abuse, and domestic violence. Clients with co-occurring disorders also regularly meet with a psychiatrists for psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

To ensure residents continue schooling, Lois E. Jackson Unit provides classroom instruction that’s certified and licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education. Following a Personal Educational Program (P.E.P.), classroom instruction is tailored to each client’s specific educational needs. The facility also offers G.E.D. preparation and testing, vocational courses, as well as online college courses.

In addition to core programming, residents are encouraged to participate in a range of physical fitness and recreational activities. Clients participate in a daily fitness program, as well as participate in outdoor activities in the nearby mountains. Before discharge, clinicians help develop comprehensive aftercare plans, which may include referrals to less-intensive levels of care and community-based resources.


Lois E. Jackson Unit employs a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychiatrists, certified teachers, peer specialists, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, certified addictions counselors, and nurses.


While information is limited concerning the sleeping arrangements of the facility, the unit does offer a full-sized gymnasium and weight roomfor exercise, and off-site recreational activities are planned regularly. The one alum polled by at the time of this writing offered a four out of five-star rating for the facility’s overall cleanliness and upkeep.


The sole alum polled by praised most aspects of the facility, offering perfect five-star ratings for the staff’s level of experience and training, as well as the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders and the amount of family participation. “I loved it. I found myself. I regained my family and learned how to cope with my disease,” the anonymous alum wrote. However, the survey respondent did offer a one-star rating for the inclusion of holistic treatment methods in programming.


According to the facility’s website, the Lois E. Jackson Unit accepts most insurance plans, including Maryland Medicaid. The facility also provides a sliding fee scale for eligible residents.

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  • family oriented.bed on finding yourself.targeted for trouble teens .I loved it . I found myself . I regained my family and learned how to cope with my disease.