One of the first residential substance abuse treatment programs for adolescent girls in the United States, Caritas Arts takes a family-oriented approach to treating substance abuse in adolescent girls. Parental participation is mandatory. Treatment includes individual, group and family therapy, along with after-care planning, case management, relapse planning and monitoring services.
ABOUT CARITA’S ARTS PROGRAM
As a part of Gateway Healthcare, Carita’s ARTS (Acute Residential Treatment Service) Program offers substance abuse treatment for adolescents through outpatient, residential, andservices. Formerly known as Carita’s House, this facility primarily provides short-term intensive treatment as well as support for . Medical detox is not offered on site.
Though the ARTS Program is geared toward adolescent males and females aged 12 to 17, Carita’s also operates a residential treatment facility for boys and a separate facility for women.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, the treatment program has three tracks — mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.
Treatment includes evidence-based care such as motivation enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy skills, and prevention planning. Both teens and their caregivers are expected to participate in treatment. Carita’s treats up to 16 adolescent males and females at a time.
The treatment center also offers a residential rehabilitation program, which is designed for teens who need a longer residential stay.
The facility’s website indicates the treatment team includes licensed master’s level clinicians, a psychiatrist, nurses, and life skills coaches.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center’s website notes the facility has 16 beds and operates near central Cranston, where plenty of green space surrounds the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The lone alum polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. Despite giving three out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition, the alum provided positive commentary.
“I am a former patient when the Caritas ARTS program was just Caritas house,” the alum wrote. “This was a long term residental treatment at the time. I was there for 6 months. I overall found it helpful and it truly changed my life. I think back to thoes 6 months quite often. And very fond of the staff.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided negative to neutral feedback. Most complaints were aimed at unhappiness with the staff’s professionalism.
“Completely unprofessional, inadequate staffing, no quality of care, cold food, no continuity of care, aggressor admissions coordinator,safety issues numerous,” a loved one wrote in a representative review.
“This place is poorly run and not managed. Very mean and dishonest staff! NO communication and did not deliver any of what they offer,” another loved one wrote.
The two individuals who left reviews on Citehealth a the time of this writing also provided negative feedback.
“My child has been to this facilty out of sheer need and lack of programs for adolscent girls treatment facilities in RI, unfortunately the staff is not properly trained,” a loved one wrote along with a one out of five star rating.
Gateway Healthcare is part of Lifespan hospital, and according to Lifespan hospital’s website, the hospitals “treat all people who need care, regardless of their ability to pay. The patient financial services department offers financial assistance to patients who meet specific income guidelines.”
Lifespan hospital also accepts insurances.