ABOUT MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH — TWIN TOWN MEN’S RESIDENTIAL
One of Meridian Behavioral Health’s 15 facilities in Minnesota, Twin Town in urban St. Paul offers residential services for men ages 18 and older who are struggling with substance abuse and. The men’s facility is methadone-friendly and provides 24-hourmedical services, though it’s not specified whether these include medical detox.
A sister facility named Meadow Creek in Pine City offers residential treatment tor women. The Meridian network offers outpatient services for men and women through its other facilities, and Latitudes in St. Paul offers outpatient treatment to LGBTQ clients.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
A full chemical assessment and personal history is acquired on intake into Twin Town. Also assessed are the client’s current physical and mental health and his or her readiness to change.
All of Meridian’s treatment programs are guided by evidence-based principles and incorporate both group and one-on-one counseling. The philosophy is based on the Health Realization model, which teaches awareness of one’s reactions to circumstances and connection with personal health and wisdom while navigating daily life.
Other modalities used include motivational interviewing, dialectical behiavoral therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Group topics include sexual health and trauma and loss, and counseling also incorporates the 12 Steps and drug and alcohol education.
Staff includes a counselor. Twin Town’s website notes that psychiatric and psychological services are available here but does not specify how many psychiatrists or psychologists are available, nor whether there are any physicians on staff. Four reviewers polled by Best-rehabs.com each rated staff’s level of training and experience a perfect five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is a four-story red brick building beside a busy road. Five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date rated Twin Town’s accommodations and amenities an average 4.2 out of five stars and its meals and nutrition four stars. However, one anonymous loved one wrote: “It was a dump.”
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews were generally positive at the time of this writing. Three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date rated Twin Town four and five out of five stars in most categories, including conflict resolution, counselor training, and exercise and leisure provisions. One alum — who was discharged for rule-breaking before completing the program — gave three out of five stars for the level of staff support, but still wrote: “It was a grat program that helped me to look at my addictions, what they were about and develop personal plans that worked 4 my life 4 sure!!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The limited review coverage from loved ones is mixed. One anonymous reviewer rated Twin Town just one out of five stars for the quality of addiction and mental health care, the family program, the accommodations, exercise and leisure provisions, and holistic treatment offerings. This reviewer added: “Not an effective place. Most pepple are there on a rule 25, meaning they really don’t want to be there in the first place.”
But another anonymous reviewer recommended the facility, and gave five out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience and the counseling options, though they marked meals and holistic options down to just three out of five stars.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Although Best-rehabs.com carries no reviews from staff members at the time of this writing, on Glassdoor 18 staff members to date gave Meridian Behavioral Healthcare as a whole network an average rating of 3.1 stars. One reviewer cited opportunities for client interaction as a strength while another described the facility as, “Positive and stable.”
Five of the reviewers criticized the facility for its poor management and staff layovers. One staffer who worked at the St. Paul facility described it as “vindictive and vengeful if you leave.”
Meridian’s website states its facilities are in-network with most insurance providers, including publicly funded ones. A recovery access specialist assists clients check the benefits offered by their provider. A Best-rehabs.com survey respondent indicated that their stay was paid for by insurance — and survey respondents also generally indicated that they believed their treatment was worth its cost.