C.A.T.S. Rehab Review: A Rehab With Social Justice on Its Mind
Community Assessment and Treatment Services (C.A.T.S.) is a community-based addiction and mental health rehab center. C.A.T.S. started in 1990 when a team of dedicated social workers decided to create a non-profit, evidence-based treatment center to help those in need in the Cleveland area.
Ever since then, C.A.T.S has expanded its reach to treat not only those individuals in the community but also those suffering from addiction and currently incarcerated. C.A.T.S. offers inpatient and outpatient services, reentry services and has an office in a penitentiary.
Integrating the Community
C.A.T.S. began as the idea of two people, Roxanne Wallace (who is still Executive Director) and Dan Cratcha. In the beginning, C.A.T.S. only offered outpatient addiction treatment.
As with all rehabs that have small beginnings, C.A.T.S. grew in fits and starts. After moving out of the now-closed Alexis Hospital, C.A.T.S. moved to its current location, which houses its inpatient residential program for men and women.
C.A.T.S. also provides outpatient services at another location that also serves both men and women, over 18 years old. The combined capacity of C.A.T.S. inpatient residential program is over 200 beds for both men and women.
Men have around 150 beds, and women have almost 50 beds, respectively. C.A.T.S. boasts a gleaming, modern facility for its inpatient program where residents share rooms, based on the type of treatment track in which they are involved.
With Cleveland being one of the areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis, detoxification and successfully managing opioid withdrawal has become a part of C.A.T.S. mission. To this end, they offer a medically supervised detox for opioid users with the option of medically assisted therapy in the form of Suboxone and Vivitrol.
Men have two residential options available to them at C.A.T.S. The first option follows a therapeutic community model.
Men live and work together in an environment conducive to learning new modes of thinking and behavior. They attend group and individual counseling sessions and find out more about the self-destructive attitudes that led them to addiction.
The Cognitive Changes, which is what the program is referred to, revolves around cognitive behavioral therapy and encourages men to develop new skills, examine their behaviors, and adjust them to a live a life of sobriety. Cognitive Changes is C.A.T.S. longest lasting inpatient program with men living in residence for four to six months.
A step down from the intensity and length of Cognitive Changes is a standard 30 to 90-day residential program that is offered to both men and women. The treatment options at this level include, again, counseling in a group and individual setting, cognitive behavioral therapy and case management services.
But even before treatment begins, men and women entering the residential program receive in-depth assessments from C.A.T.S. staff to find out how long and what treatment schemes they should receive. Since many clients at C.A.T.S. have been diverted into treatment by court-order, clients also receive random drug tests.
Life on the Outside
Outpatient services form a major component of C.A.T.S. treatment model. C.A.T.S. offers men and women both Intensive and standard outpatient services that include many of the same treatment modalities as their inpatient program.
Intensive programs run for four days a week with sessions lasting for about eight hours a week. The non-intensive program last between 1-3 days a week with sessions running for about two hours.
Keeping in line with its mission to serve those individuals caught up in the criminal justice system, C.A.T.S. runs an outpatient facility in two correctional facilities, one for women and the other for men. Changing Faces, the women’s program, helps women on the verge of release learn relapse prevention techniques and helps them identify potential triggers to reduce their chances of recidivism.
C.A.T.S. just recently began offering addiction treatment services through a state contract to prisoners at the Lake Erie Correctional Institute. Prisoners receive counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy with the aim of correcting their substance abuse lifestyles.
C.A.T.S. is poised to continue growing given the current climate of opioid addiction and women seeking more residential treatment. They have plans to add more inpatient beds and to partner with local organizations to help find employment opportunities for their clients.
Given the demographic that it serves, C.A.T.S. does not skimp on its treatment or residential facilities. C.A.T.S. shows an enormous amount of dedication and willingness to help its clients by introducing more and more treatment facilities to its ever-expanding network.
Price for 30 days at Community Assessment Treatment Services: $2,500