ABOUT NEW DIRECTIONS NORTHWEST INC. – BAKER HOUSE IN BAKER CITY, OR
New Directions Northwest, Inc., located in Baker City, Ore. offers residential, outpatient, and preventative treatment to individuals from Baker County and throughout the state of Oregon struggling with mental health and addiction. Baker House is one of the organization’s residential facilities, and offers treatment for adults over the age of eighteen struggling with substance abuse and. Baker House was established in 1983.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment program at Baker House uses evidence-based practices emphasizing motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral change. To be admitted, prospective clients must call the facility directly. Most clients remain in treatment for 90 days.
Throughout treatment, clients receive individual, group, and family therapy and meet with their primary counselor once a week. Regular 12-step meetings are provided on site along with psychiatric assessments and medication management. Therapy group topics include relapse prevention, boundaries, drug and alcohol education, living in balance, independent living skills, men’s process groups, women’s process groups, DBT,, assertiveness, smoking cessation, peer evaluation, team building, and art expression. Baker House offers unique activity opportunities including service projects for the community and outings such as hiking, fishing, camping, shopping, walking, cooking, and picnics in the park.
The treatment team at New Directions Northwest Inc. includes a Medical Doctor, two Licensed Professional Counselors, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, four Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The organization does not provide information regarding which of these professionals work at the Baker House facility.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Baker House offers 12 beds for women and twelve beds for men, as well as two detoxification beds. Men and women are housed in separate wings of the building, and outside grounds are partially fenced to maintain privacy between groups. Each wing has a living room, bathroom, laundry area, and bedrooms. Bedrooms are shared, and each bedroom accommodates four clients. There is also a large group room, dining room, and kitchen in the building.
At the time of this writing there have been two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com. One former client gave the facility great reviews, saying she would recommend it to others, and the other reviewer gave Baker House poor reviews, saying he relapsed soon after leaving. The first reviewer gave the facility five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations and amenities, and five stars for meals and nutrition. She said she felt that there were many counseling options to choose from. The second reviewer said he entered the facility for alcohol abuse, completed treatment, and did not enter sober living after leaving the facility. He said he believed the facility was worth the cost because it kept him sober for “a short time,” and ended up re-entering the facility for several more rounds of treatment. The first alum, who had expressed satisfaction with the facility, ended her review by saying, “The counselors were great here, and very helpful! Lots of tools were given to us and taught in a very comfortable environment. The rooms were very nice and well kept.”
On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of three out of five stars based on four total reviews.  The reviews are mixed. Two alumni reviewers gave the facility five stars, and two gave Baker House one star. Alum S.V., who gave one star, wrote, “Terrible place. Was intentionally hurting me for years….Requested help many many times over the years and was mislead over and over again.” Alum T.F. disagreed with that viewpoint and gave five stars. He wrote, “NDNW was the best treatment program I had ever been to: I graduated from the program there, eventually I got off parole and, now, years later I am still free of drugs, I obey the law, and – wow! – what do ya know, no more incarcerations for me. My life is better.”
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding the cost of treatment at Baker House. However, the facility accepts insurance including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Health Share of Oregon, and more. The facility also offers a discounted sliding fee schedule. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding the cost of treatment.