M Health’s Substance Use Disorder Program is dedicated to enhancing services to meet the needs of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind clients within the Lodging Plus program that also serves hearing individuals. Interpreters will be provided for 30 hours of group therapy and fluent support staff will be provided for transportation to outside 12-Step meetings and activities. M Health will continue to serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals that are fluent in sign language from all over the United States and Canada. This intensive residential outpatient program provides treatment seven days a week. Deaf staff are available to work with clients during the evening and weekends.
The program is comprised of a highly trained staff who provide a full range of treatment services. The treatment team in partnership with the hospital includes: medical director, program manager, certified chemical dependency counselors, interpreters, nurses, unit assistants, psychiatrist, hospital doctors, and an intake coordinator. Staff within the program will receive ongoing training and support to accommodate the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind population.
The program offerings include: individual and group therapy in, lectures, workshops, skills groups, recreational activities, Spiritual Care groups, Yoga, Acupuncture, interpreted Twelve Step groups, comprehensive assessment services and aftercare planning.
The program operates on a Twelve Step philosophy and offers patients the opportunity to attend Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Opiate Support Group or other Twelve Step meetings within the hospital as well as in the community. Video materials are presented with sign, voice and captions. Video phones, assistive listening devices, computer access and decoders for the television are among the special equipment provided for patients. DHOH and Deafblind patients will be referred to appropriate outpatient programming and housing prior to discharge.