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Behavioral Health Department

Behavioral Health DepartmentOur Behavioral Health Department encompasses our LIFE Residential Program, Outpatient Chemical Dependency Clinic, Addiction Prevention Education Program and Mental Health Outpatient Clinic. We are certified by Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) and Office of Mental Health (OMH). We provide services for adolescents and adults utilizing individualized, trauma-responsive, evidence based, and holistic treatment models.

As with all of the Villa’s programs, the Behavioral Health Department values individual dignity, and embraces the concept of Neurodiversity. Neurodiversity recognizes that all human beings think and process the world differently, whether in ways we regard as “typical,” or in ways we regard as different. The neurological differences of those we serve are recognized and valued as any other human variation, regardless of medical labels.

Please click below to learn more about our programs.

Live In Freedom Early: LIFE Residential Program

Live In Freedom Early (LIFE) serves male adolescents ages 13-21 with substance use disorders. Treatment includes holistic care, Evidence Based Practices, structured groups, individual sessions, family sessions addressing life skills, vocational educational planning, on-site school, relapse prevention, psychiatric and physical health.

LIFE can be reached at: 585-865-1550.

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The LIFE program believes that the disease of addiction is a family disease. Every member of the family is affected by this disease as communication breaks down, promises are broken, trust is abused and hopelessness sets in. Family involvement in the treatment process is crucial to positive results. Residents will be encouraged to have weekly contact with their family by phone calls and writing letters.

  • Family Counseling Sessions; Alanon on Site; Referral to other resources in the community.
  • Parenting resources.
  • For a complete listing of Al-Anon meetings in your area you can call 888-4Al-Anon.

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The LIFE program believes that the disease of addiction is a family disease. Every member of the family is affected by this disease as communication breaks down, promises are broken, trust is abused and hopelessness sets in. Family involvement in the treatment process is crucial to positive results. Residents will be encouraged to have weekly contact with their family by phone calls and writing letters.

  • Family Counseling Sessions; Alanon on Site; Referral to other resources in the community.
  • Parenting resources.
  • For a complete listing of Al-Anon meetings in your area you can call 888-4Al-Anon.

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The LIFE Program has a full-time Registered Nurse on staff to assess and address medical needs. The nurse is a part of the multi-disciplinary treatment team. A certified nutritionist is available for individual consultation with our residents as well as individualized meal planning if there are special needs such as being a vegan, vegetarian and/or the desire to maintain, lose or gain weight.

The Education and Vocational component of the LIFE program is provided to meet the educational needs of each resident, even if he has earned a high school diploma or a GED prior to admission. Instruction is provided by teachers/tutors who are assigned by Monroe County BOCES #1. Teachers will have ongoing contact with home school district teachers to receive books, materials and assignments.

  • Physical education credit; Homework Hour; Online college level classes; Continuing education classes.
  • Job development
  • Vocational skill building
  • Employment support
  • Culinary Skills
  • ServSafe Certification

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LIFE Residential program now offers Buprenorphine for ages 16 – 21. Together with a doctor who understands Opioid use disorders, medication assisted therapy can help manage physical symptoms and cravings, allowing clients to work toward their recovery.

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Hope Place

The Hope Place Psychiatric Diversion Program is a division of Villa of Hope; a peer-run Living Room Program, staffed by our own Certified Peer Support Specialists. Our team members are compassionate, flexible professionals who have self-identified as individuals who have first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges. They are able to use their lived experience to assist in supporting adults experiencing difficulties with their resiliency, recovery and wellness.

Our compassionate staff makes Villa of Hope’s HOPE PLACE unique.

Located in Water Tower Park, 1099 Jay Street, Building P, Hope Place is open 3 pm – 11 pm, seven days per week. You can drop in anytime, and YOU are our GUEST at Hope Place. We mean that. Using the term guest is consistent with our living room setting and culture. We want you to feel at home. This is a place you can relax and renew; and we will not use language such as “client,” or “patient” to describe you.

Our Peer Support staff is ready to help you. They are experienced in:

  • advocacy
  • group development
  • recognizing and embracing diverse teams
  • facilitation of peer-to-peer groups and activities
  • coordinating services, community resources and natural supports
  • supporting and developing the strengths of each individual, youth, and family

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For more info, stop in, or call 585-325-3599.

Chemical Dependency Outpatient Clinic

The Villa of Hope, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified Chemical Dependency Outpatient Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive treatment to adolescents and adults, and their families. Services are available for individuals struggling with addiction or drug abuse, parents struggling to cope with their adolescents’ addiction, as well as those impacted by a loved one’s addiction.

We have special tracks for:

  • Significant Other Treatment
  • Impaired Drivers Assessment and Treatment
  • Specialized Adolescent and Young Adult Services
  • Co-Occuring Disorders
  • LGBT-Q
  • Family Sessions
  • Trauma-Related Issues
  • Walk-in, same-day MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) services

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Our family treatment interventions with significant others aims to rebuild healthy family dynamics built on trust and support. We offer a weekly Al-Anon meeting where parents can share their fears, experiences, trust issues and other related recovery topics. For a complete listing of Al-Anon meetings in your area you can call 888-4Al-Anon.

Services available for families:

Collateral/ Significant other services for children and Adolescents:
These services are provided to children who have been affected by another’s substance abuse. Individual therapy and group therapy interventions are utilized to help children, adolescents, and young adults identify how they are affected by another’s substance abuse.

Collateral/ Significant other services for Parents:
Parents of youth currently in treatment at the villa of hope are able to receive individual and/or group therapy to increase their understanding of the disease of addiction and to increase knowledge of support options available to family members in the community.

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Individual Counseling:
The therapist’s interventions will include the evidence-based practices. The treatment/recovery plan will be reviewed and updated every 90 days in collaboration with the client, family, as well as the multi-disciplinary treatment team.

Group Counseling:
The Seven Challenges® treatment groups, children of alcoholics (COA) groups, gender specific groups, and relapse prevention groups are offered to support recovery. To meet the needs of our adolescent population, groups often include creative interventions to facilitate the group process such as music and art.

Awareness and Education:
Individualized drug and alcohol specific education is offered in group, individual, and family sessions based on clients’ and families’ current knowledge base and stage of change.

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The Villa of Hope outpatient addiction treatment clinic is certified in the evidenced based The Seven Challenges® Program. It assumes that adolescents cannot change until they are personally ready to change. Trust and relationship building are keys to the youth making the change. Youth are taught to think through their decisions about alcohol and drugs and how they may affect their health and their life.

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Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT):
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy meets the needs of adolescents who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other techniques are sensitive to the adolescent’s experiences to help them cope with negative consequences and increase coping skills.

Seeking Safety:
Seeking Safety model is used with youth struggling with both substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Safety of the youth is the first priority of this therapy model. Treating the effects of the past trauma and the substance abuse happens at the same time.

The Sanctuary Model:
The Addiction Treatment Services Outpatient Clinic provides trauma informed care through the guidance of the Sanctuary Model. Sanctuary is a treatment and organizational change model that integrates trauma theory with the creation of therapeutic communities which provide safety for both clients and the staff who work with them.

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The clinic offers walk-in same day provisions for MAT for suboxone/buprenorphine (oral medication), suboxone to sublocade (a long acting 30 injection of buprenorphine) and Naltrexone (oral medication) to Vivitrol (a long acting 30 day injection of Naltrexone). We also offer this service to local hospitals to assist with bridging patients seamlessly into outpatient MAT. We have developed close relationships with several Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA) in the community that are referring patients and hospital social workers to our service. We offer a uniquely patient-centered program that adapts itself to the specific needs of our clients across the lifespan (adolescents through late adulthood). We have a trauma informed, harm reduction approach to therapeutic relationship building that is innovative for the substance use disorder treatment field.

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Addiction Prevention Education Program

Villa of Hope offers a variety of services including classroom work and activities with students, educational sessions with school staff and parents, and other trainings in the community. Information provided is based off of current research and trends along with Evidence Based programming.

Programs are geared for students from kindergarten to twelfth grades. This includes living a drug and alcohol free lifestyle, along with the skills to deal with peer pressure, bullying, relationships, academics, and communication skills.

Our team takes an integrated approach by working with all individuals in a youth’s life including teachers, counselors, other peers, and parents.

Especially relevant for this era of COVID-19 is this article that parents may find helpful.

For substance use concerns or services, call our clinic Monday through Friday at 585-328-0834.

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Evidence-Based Programs Include:

  • Too Good for Drugs
  • Too Good for Violence
  • All Stars
  • Life Skills Training
  • Olweus Bullying Program

Intro: Too Good for Drugs

Drug Education

Stress Management & Self Care

Healthy Relationships

Mental Health Outpatient Clinic

Our team of caring professionals – with expert clinical oversight and training – consists of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists focused on the mental health of adults, children, teenagers and familes.

Villa of Hope’s Mental Health Outpatient Clinic offers evaluation and treatment for all ages, including individual and family treatment, medication management (psychopharmacology), MAT (medication assisted therapy), cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as psychological testing. We provide a program of integrated care across the lifespan.

Our goal is to help patients and families understand and manage issues such as PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse, and disruptive disorders.

Our team works from a strength-based, trauma focused model to identify and build on each individual’s strengths and talents, and not just focus on problems.

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Intake / Information Contact

Phone: 585-328-0834
Fax: 585-436-0103
Email: Mhclinic@villaofhope.org

Address:
1099 Jay Street, Building J, Suite 202
Rochester, NY 14611

Special current hours in response to COVID-19:
OPEN Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

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Family Therapy aims to promote understanding and collaboration among family members in order to solve the problems of one or more individuals. For example, if a child is having social and academic problems, therapy will focus on the family patterns that may contribute to the child’s acting out, rather than evaluating the child’s behavior alone. As the family uncovers the source of the problem, they can learn to support the child and other family members and work proactively on minimizing or altering the conditions that contribute to the family and or child’s distress.

We offer a uniquely patient-centered program that adapts itself to the specific needs of our clients across the lifespan (adolescents through late adulthood).

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Medications are often used in the treatment of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Often medication is combined with other treatments such as psychotherapy.

Our Board Certified Psychiatrist specializes in adolescent psychiatry and provides trauma informed medication management for adolescents, as well as adults; and children and family members needing psychotropic medication.

Patient education is an important component of medication management and is provided by the clinics’ experienced staff.

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Psychological Assessments and Testing is an important part of our treatment planning. The purpose of these Assessments and Evaluations is to assess one’s level of functioning compared to their peers, to obtain diagnostic clarification (i.e., Autism versus ADHD), to gain treatment recommendations specific to the individual’s needs, offer ongoing consultation to the treatment team, and support for the family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

LIFE Residential:
Male Adolescents ages 13 – 21 yrs, needing substance use/ addiction treatment/ Co-occurring mental health issues.

Prevention:
Schools, community, agencies needing substance use prevention presentations and groups.

Chemical Dependency Outpatient Clinic:
Adolescents and transitional age youth ages 12 – 26 yrs, needing substance use/addiction treatment/ Co-occurring mental health issues. Families struggling with substance abuse issues.

Mental Health Outpatient Clinic:
Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families needing mental health treatment Specializing in Sexual and Physical Trauma, Co-Occurring Disorders, LGBTQ related issues.

LIFE Residential:
Residential Rehab, Assessment and Evaluation, Family Counseling, Group and Individual Counseling, Medication Assisted Therapies, Psychiatric, School and Vocational support, Case management.

Prevention:
Community presentations, in class- groups, community events, in-services.

Chemical Dependency Outpatient Clinic:
Outpatient Clinic, Assessment and Evaluation, Family Counseling, Group and Individual Counseling, Medication Assisted Therapies, Case management, Referral to other support services.

Mental Health Outpatient Clinic:
MH Outpatient Clinic, Assessment and Evaluation, Family Counseling, Group and Individual Counseling, Psychiatric Services, Psychological Services, Case management, Referral to other support services.

LIFE Residential:
Focus on Co-occurring disorders, Sanctuary Model, Evidenced Based Trauma Informed Care Model, Small groups. Pre-admission assessment of programming scheduled for families, Intake Interviews completed at families’ homes and convenience as needed.

Prevention:
Individualized Presentations, Certified presentations on Gambling, LGBTQ issues, expertise in elementary school level presentations.

Chemical Dependency Outpatient Clinic:
Seven Challenges evidence based model, Individualized treatment, smaller group sizes, Licensed Therapists specializing in Co-occurring disorders.

Mental Health Outpatient Clinic:
Evidence based practices, Individualized treatment, smaller group sizes, Licensed Therapists specializing in Co-occurring disorders, Trauma, LGBTQ.

Referral contact information:

LIFE Residential Intake Coordinator:
Phone (585) 581-HOPE
Fax (585) 663-1709

Prevention:
Phone (585) 865-1555 ext 740

Chemical Dependency Outpatient Clinic:
Phone (585) 865-1555 ext 739
Fax (585) 720-1327

Mental Health Outpatient Clinic:
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LIFE Residential and Outpatient Clinics:
Medicaid, Managed Care, Private Insurance, Self Pay, and Sliding Scale available

Prevention:
Free of Cost

Marijuana:
Glassy, red eyes; loud talking, inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or loss.

Depressants (including Xanax, Valium, GHB):
Contracted pupils; drunk-like; difficulty concentrating; clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness.

Stimulants (including amphetamines, cocaine, crystal meth):
Dilated pupils; hyperactivity; euphoria; irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping; weight loss; dry mouth and nose.

Inhalants (glues, aerosols, vapors):
Watery eyes; impaired vision, memory and thought; secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability; lots of cans/aerosols in the trash.

Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP):
Dilated pupils; bizarre and irrational behavior including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations; mood swings; detachment from people; absorption with self or other objects, slurred speech; confusion.

Heroin:
Contracted pupils; no response of pupils to light; needle marks; sleeping at unusual times; sweating; vomiting; coughing, sniffling; twitching; loss of appetite.

While experimenting with drugs doesn’t automatically lead to drug abuse, early use is a risk factor for developing more serious drug abuse and addiction. Risk of drug abuse also increases greatly during times of transition, such as changing schools, moving, or divorce. The challenge for parents is to distinguish between the normal, often volatile, ups and downs of the teen years and the red flags of substance abuse.

These include:

  • Having bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils; using eye drops to try to mask these signs
  • Skipping class; declining grades; suddenly getting into trouble at school
  • Missing money, valuables, or prescriptions
  • Acting uncharacteristically isolated, withdrawn, angry, or depressed
  • Dropping one group of friends for another; being secretive about the new peer group
  • Loss of interest in old hobbies; lying about new interests and activities
  • Demanding more privacy; locking doors; avoiding eye contact; sneaking around

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)?

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge, substance use disorder or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health/substance use challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

What is Monroe County Project AWARE-C?

SAMHSA federal grant funded initiative to improve the mental health/substance use disorder literacy of adults that serve youth in a specific geographic catchment area in order to provide earlier intervention and a greater level of support available to our young people aged 12-18.

Who: This YMHFA training is for anyone who serves a role, personal or professional, that influences a youth.

Cost: FREE

For more info contact: Saarah Waleed, saarah.waleed@villaofhope.org

Many thanks to Excellus, sponsor of the Villa’s Behavioral Health Services programs.

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