ABOUT ST. MONICA’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR WOMEN
Based in Lincoln, Neb., St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women provides a variety of programs for women and adolescent girls who are struggling with substance abuse and. The nonprofit, which has been in operation since 1964, offers residential treatment, outpatient treatment (OP), intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), transitional living services, and supportive programming for family members of clients. On-site detox services are not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prior to admission, clients are required to complete a drug and alcohol assessment. Those who are in the beginning stages of their recovery typically enter primary residential treatment, an intensive program that lasts eight weeks. During this time, residents participate in individual counseling, group therapy, psychological evaluations, and spiritual counseling. Educational groups and parenting classes are also key treatment components.
Teens ages 13 to 18 remain in residential programming for longer – four to six months – and participate in 21 hours of age-appropriate programming a week while attending school and learning life skills in a homelike setting. St. Monica’s uses a variety of treatment approaches, including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), SELF (a trauma-based curriculum), Seeking Safety, and others.
The therapeutic community offering, also a residential program, is intended for clients who have been sober for at least 30 days. This program includes many of the same elements as the primary residential program, but it also addresses topics including employment, community re-integration, and relapse prevention. For pregnant and parenting women, the center offers specialized educational groups, on-site daycare, and child-focused programming.
Clients enrolled in intensive outpatient treatment, a six to eight-week program, attend daily sessions that include individual counseling, family counseling, and educational groups. Holistic treatment offerings include art therapy, creative writing, body awareness, and other treatments. Standard outpatient treatment is individualized, and the frequency of sessions is gradually reduced over time. Graduates of St. Monica’s may also apply for Next Step, a transitional living program that offers housing for up to six months.
According to the facility’s website, St. Monica’s staff includes master’s- and Ph.D.-level counselors, licensed therapists, a nurse practitioner, case workers, and early childhood teachers. The one loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the staff’s level of experience and training a perfect rating of five out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
St. Monica’s website indicates that residential clients live in a communal, homelike environment. Clients enrolled in transitional housing have a private bedroom and share a kitchen and common areas with other residents. The one loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing awarded the facility’s cleanliness and its accommodations four- and five-star ratings, respectively.
According to the facility’s website, a series of 2014 grants allowed the facility to begin offering equine-assisted therapy to its residential clients.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Claire, the single alum surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, reported a negative experience with St. Monica’s. She specifically expressed frustration with the staff’s level of training and experience. “The staff lacks education and compassion. Some of them are barely out of treatment. They do not know what they’re doing,” she told Best-rehabs.com.
On Google reviews, six individuals provided an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars. Morgan, the one Google reviewer who submitted a negative review, described the program as “horrible.” “They kick clients out for nonsence reasons They fire staff of many many years for caring about clients,” she wrote in her one-star review. However, every other reviewer provided four- or five-star ratings, and those who submitted commentary characterized the program as effective. Tiffany, an alum, offered her recommendation. “It is a hard program, but if you do what you’re supposed to be doing IT WORKS!!” she wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single anonymous loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing submitted five-star ratings for nearly every evaluated metric, including the center’s counseling options, its treatment for co-occurring disorders, its family programming, and its exercise and leisure options. The facility’s level of cleanliness and its affordability both received slightly lower ratings of four stars. While this respondent indicated that they would strongly recommend the facility, they did note that the wait list was long and the center served “too many people.”
Joshua, the one reviewer on the facility’s unofficial Facebook page, gave the center five out of five stars. An apparent member of the local community, he described St. Monica’s as a “well run” nonprofit with a “fantastic mission.”
According to St. Monica’s website, treatment fees are assessed on a sliding scale. Those enrolled in the center’s transitional living program are responsible for a weekly fee of $84. The sole individual polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility’s affordability a rating of four out of five stars.