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A New Beginning Achieved
Posted: 9-15-2010 7:48AM

The staff of UHD’s Adolescent Treatment Center of Winnebago (ATCW) celebrated the Grand Opening of their new facility on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. The celebration included a public open house and ribbon cutting. This state-of-the-art facility becomes the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified treatment center in the nation.

At the Adolescent Treatment Center of Winnebago, chemical dependency is treated and viewed as a primary, progressive, chronic disease that, if left untreated, is both debilitating and eventually terminal.

We believe each client needs clear, accurate information about themselves, their environment, and their disease if change is to occur. It is our mission to provide chemical dependency services in a way that preserves each individual’s dignity and self worth, thus increasing their potential for recovery.

We understand that every adolescent has his/her own unique needs and challenges; with a multi-disciplinary treatment team we are dedicated to adolescents and their unique journey toward recovery. It has always been our mission to never give up on a client. We pride ourselves on providing support and instilling hope every step of the way.

Our new facility is geared toward providing ongoing assessment and primary residential chemical dependency treatment. Our program is based on the 12-step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). We offer a very structured environment with 25-30 hours of programming a week focused on skill building, understanding the disease of addiction and how it applies to the client’s life, gender-specific topics, developing relapse prevention strategies, effective communication styles, anger management, and recreational/self-esteem building activities. All of this is accomplished through written or oral assignments, educational videos, group and individual therapy and staff-led activities. Clients also go to community support groups on a weekly basis and obtain an AA or NA contact in their home area prior to discharge.
   
ATCW provides a unique family programming experience which begins at admission and continues throughout the client’s treatment. This program offers ongoing education and group therapy to
prepare family members for the return of their child to the home environment.
   
The case managers, the client, the client’s family, the client’s probation officer and/or social worker, work together to develop a comprehensive discharge plan. This plan could include additional community referrals for outpatient, individual therapy, and/or additional treatment through group home placement. It is ATCW’s intention to provide the client with the best opportunity to continue to grow in their recovery. We provide ongoing support to clients and families through phone calls for a minimum of six months post-discharge. This allows the clients and family to identify strategies to address any concerns that were not initially identified in the discharge plan.

Our staff includes licensed alcohol and drug counselors, a family coordinator, counseling assistants, a registered nurse, a medical director and state-licensed teachers. We provide on-site schooling through Southern Plains Educational Cooperative. Our dietary staff provides home-cooked meals, birthday cakes and other snacks.
   
Our new site will allow us to provide our clients with a safe and nurturing environment for them to focus on their personal recovery issues and experience the healing process, starting upon admission. The newly streamlined admission process will be handled privately, away from the other clients, allowing the staff to completely focus on the needs of the new client.
   
The larger space will allow us to work in small groups when needed and will also allow us to work as a large group. We will be able to provide daily recreational outlets in our multi-purpose room. With our three group rooms we will be able to provide three different groups simultaneously, if needed.

Our comfortable conference room with audio/visual equipment will allow us to meet with families privately to provide education and needed information related to their child. We will also utilize this room to meet with social workers and probation officers. The larger classrooms will provide a space more conducive to active learning. The entire layout of the building was designed with the client in mind: safety, security and a home-like atmosphere. We are excited for the growth that awaits us.
 

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