Greenbriar Treatment Center New Kensington

Greenbriar Treatment Center New Kensington


Located in New Kensington, a suburban Pittsburgh, Pa., Greenbriar Treatment Centers provides a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) for adults struggling with chemical dependency. One of 10 Greenbriar Treatment Centers operated by Washington Health Systems, Greenbriar Treatment Center of New Kensington does not provide medical detoxification services on-site. If a client requires detoxification, they may be referred to Greenbriar Treatment Center of Washington before participating in outpatient-based treatment.


Before participating in treatment, clients first participate in an initial assessment and consultation via phone through Greenbriar Treatment Center's centralized admissions department. Once admitted into a program at the New Kensington, clients may also undergo an in-person substance abuse assessment to determine individual needs. If a client requires a heightened level of support and structure to acquire and maintain sobriety, clinicians may refer the client to the partial hospitalization program.

PHP consists of three to four hours of daily programming for four to six days per week. During PHP, clients participate in a structured schedule of individual and group therapy sessions to help clients identify underlying causes of addiction, learn techniques to prevent relapse, and develop coping skills. To provide individualized treatment, Greenbriar Treatment Center also facilitates gender-specific groups, substance-specific groups, groups on relapse prevention, and specialized groups for professionals in recovery. Clients may also attend workshops and educational classes on coping skills, substance abuse, and trigger avoidance.

Along with counseling sessions and educational classes, clients are also expected to attend 12-step meetings within the community. Based on the principles and practices of 12-Step, Greenbriar Treatment Center’s programming may also require clients to perform associated “step-work” and study fellowship literature.

Once a client completes PHP, they may be encouraged to utilize the facility’s intensive outpatient program as a “step-down” aftercare service. Typically, IOP includes a minimum of nine hours of weekly programming. PHP and IOP both incorporate a family program, which includes weekly family educational classes and multi-family counseling sessions. Loved ones may also be encouraged to attend Al-Anon meetings within the community. To accommodate client schedules, PHP and IOP sessions are held in the mornings and evenings.


Greenbriar Treatment Center’s website notes that facilities are staffed by master’s-level therapists, psychiatric nurse specialists, and a psychiatrist, but no specific information is available for the New Kensington location. Yet, according to the online Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, as of March 2016 Greenbriar Treatment Center-New Kensington had “only two therapists regularly working at the site and, although Greenbriar says the staffing is adequate, it hasn't changed in 10 years.”


The two alumni polled by at the time of this writing provided overall favorable opinions of Greenbriar Treatment Center-New Kensington. Out of five stars, both alumni offered high four- and five-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options, the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, and the likelihood they’d recommend the facility to others. “They showed patience and really seemed to care,” one anonymous alum wrote. However, the alum did report issues of overcrowding.

Offering a five-star rating for the level of family participation, the other alum cited allowing “family to participate in therapy” as a facility strength, but felt the facility utilized “bare bone techniques” and questioned if the facility would be effective for individuals struggling with severe addiction.


The sole loved one polled by to date agreed with alumni in almost all respects, offering four-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options, the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, and the facility’s discharge planning. The loved one also offered a five-star rating for the level of family participation. “The counselors and staff were very helpful,” the anonymous loved one wrote. However, the loved one also noted that the facility could be overcrowded.


Greenbriar Treatment Center accepts some private insurance plans and private pay. One of the alumni polled by cited the facility’s affordability as a strength.

Updated March 2017

Services provided by Greenbriar Treatment Center New Kensington

Service Setting

  • Outpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Type of Care

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Martix Model
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Trauma-related Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • State Department Of Health
  • State Mental Health Department
  • Commission On Accreditation Of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • The Joint Commission
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • Genders Accepted

  • Male
  • Female
  • Greenbriar Treatment Center New Kensington Reviews

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • the counselors and staff were very helpful, there were too many people there this is a reasonable place considering to receive treatment
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • They showed patience and really seemed to care. There were too many people there. It really helped me and saved my family
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Affordable. Allow family to participate in therapy. Clean facility. Bad reputation for some reason. Bare bones techniques. It definitely helped me with my addiction although I have heard that it is not as effective with people who have struggled with addiction long term.