Harris House, St. Louis, Missouri

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8315 S Broadway
St. Louis, MO, 63111

Harris House Overview

Harris House is a company that provides a range of addiction treatment services for individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol. The programs that have been developed by the skilled staff members all target the key problems in a patient’s life and also look for co-occurring mental disorders that may appear alongside their addiction. Through such an intensive treatment approach, the patient has a higher chance of successful recovery and the risk that they would later relapse is also greatly reduced, which really is how any addiction recovery treatment program should work. The company accepts a large number of insurance providers and can offer the patient with special arrangements if they are unable to pay for the treatment they require upfront.

Housing at Harris House

Any patient who needs to undergo one of the personalized residential treatment programs that Harris House offers will be provided access to their inpatient facility, where they will reside while they are being treated. No specific details are provided in regards to how many rooms or beds are available, but a patient will be advised on whether beds are available for them during the admissions process. Should no beds be available at the time, the patient may need to be placed on a waiting list. They will then be contacted by the admissions staff once there is a bed available for them.
The interior décor of the treatment facility is simple, featuring white walls and shared bedrooms. Twin beds are fitted in each of the rooms. Patients are required to share a room with another patient of the same gender.

Treatment Options at Harris House

Harris House offered different types of treatment options to patients but prefers to customize the program toward the specific needs of every patient that is admitted to their treatment facility. This is why the admissions process plays a crucial part in the patient’s recovery process. A highly trained counselor will assess the patient’s case and determine how the patient needs to be treated.

Treatments offered include:

  • Detoxification
  • 28-day inpatient program
  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Transitional housing

Payment Options at Harris House

Harris House accepts all of the major insurance providers in the United States. In many cases, the patient’s insurance plan would cover the cost of their treatment.

Insurance providers accepted at Harris House include:

  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Mercy
  • Coventry Health Care
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Humana
  • HealthLink
  • Magellan Health Services

When a patient is underinsured, or they do not have an active insurance policy to cover the costs, they will be personally responsible for the payment of their bill. Patients are able to discuss a special repayment plan with a financial counselor during the admissions process.


Harris House shares a full list of the licenses and accreditations that they have been awarded over the past few years, ensuring that clients can feel more at peace, knowing that they are being admitted to a center that puts their care and the quality of treatment first. The company has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, also known as CARF. The Missouri Department of Mental Health has also certified the company, and they are an approved BBB business, with an A+ accreditation awarded to them. Furthermore, Harris House is also a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Amenities at Harris House

Patients who are undergoing a residential treatment program at Harris House are provided access to yoga and meditation classes, as the company takes a holistic approach toward the treatment of substance abuse. Any patients residing at the facility for inpatient treatment are given access to daily meals, along with bathroom access, and several additional activities that ultimately promotes sober living. Patients also gain access to televisions and are allowed to use computers and mobile phones during their free time.


Harris House is transparent in regards to the services they provide and the people that are behind all of the programs that they offer their patients. The company’s official website offers a comprehensive overview of the staff members that are involved at the facility, from the management staff members to counselors and they even provide a complete list of the directors at the company.

  • Tom Wickenhauser (MSW, LCSW) – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tom Wickenhauser is experienced in managing businesses in various industries. He served as the Senior Vice President of Mark Twain Bank for more than a decade. He previously also served in a management position at Mercantile Corporate Real Estate Group. He has a LCSW Clinical Counseling License.

  • Natalie Garrett (MAADC II) – Director of Admissions and Outreach Programs

Natalie Garrett oversees the admissions process at the facility. She has been licensed as a Missouri Associate Alcohol Drug Counselor II.

  • Richard Gestring (MD) –  Psychiatrist

Richard Gestring is a licensed psychiatrist at Harris House. He specializes in a large range of mental health disorders, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders.

  • Laurie Spellmeyer (MSW, LCSW) – Supervising Counselor

Laurie Spellmeyer has over two and a half decades of experience in her field. She is highly experienced in Social Work. She is also experienced in providing different types of counseling services for various mental health disorders. She has been with Harris House for more than a decade now.

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