Residential treatment is only the first step in a long process of family recovery from substance abuse. Recognizing the need for ongoing treatment and support, Casa Esperanza launched a major initiative to support graduates of our residential recovery programs to ensure that homeless men and women have access to the essential follow-up services they need to prevent relapse and strengthen their families. This initiative grew into our Relapse Prevention and Outpatient Services Program, located at the Familias Unidas Center on Casa's Esperanza's Roxbury campus.
The Familias Unidas Center is a fully licensed Mental Health Clinic, with services accredited by CARF International, and provides comprehensive outpatient behavioral health and addiction treatment services, including:
- Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP), providing intensive, bilingual Day Treatment services;
- Community Support Program (CSP), offering bilingual community based case management services for individuals with mental illness;
- Outpatient substance abuse, relapse prevention, and one-to-one mental health counseling;
- Psychiatry consultation, including psychopharmacology;
- Ongoing educational and peer support groups to help sustain a community of recovery, including anger management, relapse prevention, Trauma Recovery, life skills, and HIV Peer Support;
- On site primary care, HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, education and specialized HIV/AIDS case management in partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Case management services helps clients to secure permanent housing, navigate community resources, and secure additional recovery supports;
- Family stabilization services that help children and parents to re-establish healthy relationships and begin to heal from the trauma or stress caused by parental addiction or separation;
Hours of Operation
Familias Unidas is open 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday-Friday; Saturday hours by appointment only. The SOAP takes place Monday-Friday, 9 am to 1 pm.
Relapse Prevention & Outpatient Services serves adults that have a substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorder and reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Services focus on restoring, enhancing and/or maintaining a client’s level of functioning and the alleviation of symptoms that significantly interfere with quality of life. The goals, frequency and length of treatment vary according to each client’s needs.
To be eligible for services, individuals must meet the following criteria:
- Have a level of functioning that is significantly affected by the existence of substance abuse and/or a mental health disorder;
- Not at risk of withdrawal;
- Have the ability to engage and remain in treatment.
- For SOAP services, have ability and willingness to actively participate in at least 20 hours per week of intensive programming that promotes substance use treatment, relapse prevention, and recovery.
One or more of the following should also apply:
- Problems maintaining employment;
- Organization of daily living activities around substance abuse;
- Failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home;
- Inability to maintain a stable housing situation;
- Continued substance abuse despite having social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by use of substances;
- Involvement with legal system and/or at high risk for criminal behavior;
- Continued substance use despite knowledge of physical/psychological problem(s) cause or exacerbated by the substance;
- In recovery and needing Relapse Prevention services.
For more information or referrals, please contact Casa Esperanza.