ABOUT VIP COMMUNITY SERVICES
Founded in 1974, VIP Community Services is a nonprofit social services organization in the Bronx, one ofin the state of New York, that’s dedicated to addressing issues of poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. VIP offers residential and outpatient treatment programs for adult men and women struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and opioid treatment, and transitional housing for women in recovery.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
VIP conducts a comprehensive screening process to determine the most appropriate level of care. Individuals requiring a structured environment to acquire and sustain sobriety, may be referred for intensive, gender-specific residential treatment.
Residential treatment includes group and individual therapy sessions to address the underlying issues contributing to their addictive behaviors. Medications like methadone and Suboxone may also be utilized to alleviate the discomfort of opioid withdrawal and help curb cravings.
Programming is designed to also help clients develop their sense of self-sufficiency. To achieve this goal, VIP emphasizes educational and vocational planning as a crucial component of treatment and offers referrals to community resources to assist in successful community re-entry. Available as a, outpatient treatment consists of counseling sessions, parenting classes, educational and vocational services, and follow-up care.
VIP also offers a women’s-only outpatient track for those affected by trauma, as well as a homeless shelter for women.
VIP Community Services is CARF-accredited and has a staff of psychiatrists, licensed substance abuse and mental health counselors, nurses, marriage and family therapists, care coordinators, case managers, and social workers.
To date, the three program alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com on the matter each gave five out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to its website, VIP has over 292 affordable housing units in 12 different buildings throughout the Bronx. The three Best-rehabs.com reviewers polled on the matter all gave perfect five-star ratings for the facilities’ overall cleanliness and upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four former clients polled by Best-rehabs.com as of this writing were satisfied with most areas of treatment. In addition to the above-mentioned ratings, these alumni praised the facility’s counseling options and its family programming.
Counseling options: 4/5
Level of family participation: 4/5
While three complained that the facility was understaffed, all four found treatment effective. “This facility help change my life,” one alum wrote, while another called the facility a “Great place for recovery.” “It helped me a lot so I would recommend this program to anyone who has a drug addiction,” a third added.
To date, VIP also has an excellent average rating of four out of five stars from 64 Google reviewers, many of whom also credited the facility and its caring staff with saving their lives. “This place has changed my life,” alum Aaron wrote in a representative review. “Without this program i would be in the streets or worse… Maybe dead by now. Thank you VIP.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
Although Best-rehabs.com has yet to receive any reviews from staff members, the nonprofit has average ratings of 3.5 and 2.2 out of five, based on 39 Indeed reviews and six Glassdoor reviews. By and large, former and current employees described VIP as a challenging, productive, and busy workplace, though many found the upper management difficult to work with, unsupportive, and lacking in communication.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website concerning its costs, however, the two Best-rehabs.com survey respondents polled on the matter found treatment affordable, both offering five-star ratings for this survey metric.