ABOUT CROUSE HOSPITAL COMMONWEALTH PLACE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
Part of Crouse Hospital’s continuum of chemical dependency treatment, Commonwealth Place offers a short-term residential program for adults struggling with substance abuse. Located in Syracuse, N.Y., the hospital also offers detoxification services, medication-assisted treatment, and outpatient care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To ensure that residential treatment is the most appropriate level of care, clients first undergo an initial assessment with intake coordinators and addiction counselors. According to the hospital’s website, staff strive “to recommend the least restrictive, most effective program options,” so clinicians may choose to refer clients to the hospital’s day program or outpatient services.
Commonwealth Place’s residential program adheres to the disease model of addiction and includes individual counseling sessions, group therapy, recreational activities, expressive therapies, and exercise. Family involvement is strongly encouraged throughout treatment, and loved ones participate in clients’planning.** Aftercare plans are tailored to each individual’s needs and may include outpatient treatment, job preparedness training, 12-step work, and engagement with the local recovery community.
Commonwealth Place employs a multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians in addiction medicine, psychiatrists, psychologists, credentialed counselors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, and recreational counselors. The program also has an on-site internist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Commonwealth Place is a 40-bed residential facility with 24-hour supervision and a structured schedule. The 10 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com provided above-average ratings for the facility’s accommodations, amenities, and meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date provided high ratings for many aspects of Commonwealth Places’ programming, and the four respondents who were specifically asked if they would recommend the facility noted that they would. Alumni characterized the center’s staff as attentive, accessible, and qualified. “Very caring counselors and staff members,” Barbara told Best-rehabs.com, adding that access to staff was “excellent.” Stacey gave the program’s treatment effectiveness five out of five stars and also commented on the staff’s approach to treatment. “I was treated as a person with addiction issues and was given the tools to recover.”
Complaints from alumni were minimal, but Barbara felt that clients needed more time outside, and T.D. noted that all recovery meetings were provided by the same fellowship.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
When asked how likely they were to recommend Commonwealth Place to others, the four loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com provided an average rating of three stars. One common complain among respondents was the program’s length, which one anonymous reviewer described as “too short.” “Programs should be longer. It tries to help people, but not strict enough,” another anonymous loved one wrote.
Surveyed loved ones provided three-star ratings for the program’s counseling options and the staff’s level of training and experience. All other categories, including the program’s family participation and its holistic options, received four-star ratings, despite one anonymous loved one’s assertion that the facility “needs to improve holistic offerings and family participation.” The center’s exercise and leisure options and the facility’s cleanliness also received four-star ratings.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Describing the program as “very helpful,” the one anonymous staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com provided four-star ratings for Commonwealth Place’s treatment effectiveness, holistic offerings, family participation, and accommodations and amenities. They also cited the counselors as a strength of the program. When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, this staff member provided a rating of three out of five stars.
Commonwealth Place accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and TriCare. The hospital also works with private insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna, and EmblemHealth/GHI.