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ES – Program Description

Our programs and services enable each individual to transform their life. Casa Esperanza’s integrated care model provides culturally competent, person-centered, trauma-informed evidence based approaches to treating individuals and families with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. By providing the vital aftercare, the agency works to end the cycle of addiction one family at a time and keeps families in recovery connected.

Casa Esperanza is a recognized leader in developing holistic approaches to substance abuse treatment, with a reputation for having caring, highly skilled substance abuse counselors and other service providers. We now operate a residential treatment facility for 29 men; a residential treatment facility for 20 women and their children; 23 units of Supportive Housing for individuals and families; and a Relapse Prevention and Outpatient Services program, which provide aftercare services for individuals and families in recovery, through a Person-Centered Health Home serving Latino families affected by homelessness, addiction, serious mental illness (SMI), and chronic disease.

In 2015, Casa will begin providing outpatient and therapy for children and adolescents, and begin providing in-home therapy for children, adolescents, and adults as we continue to foster family-focused, multi-generational approaches to reach patients at all life stages and expand the reach of the bilingual/bicultural services we provide to those most in need.

Residential Admissions Criteria

To be eligible for one of Casa Esperanza, Inc’s residential programs, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Has a substance use disorder;
  • Must be at least 18 years old;
  • Has been drug- and alcohol-free for at least 5 days;
  • Is mentally and physically stable and does not pose a risk to self or others;
  • Has no history of behavior that could place the safety of other clients or staff in jeopardy;
  • Is able to function in a group setting and participate in the treatment process;
  • Is open to recovery and can understand relapse;
  • Is willing and able to participate in the treatment process and abide by house rules;
  • Is capable of recognizing physical danger, including when such danger requires immediate egress from the residence, and is able to follow a prescribed procedure for egress, as demonstrated by completion of a self-preservation test;
  • Has no personal circumstances preventing him or her from fulfilling program obligations (such as pending cases or outstanding warrants);
  • Has provided documentation that he or she is not actively infected with TB.
  • Any individual who has had a suicide attempt in the past year must complete a face-to-face screening to determine stability and appropriateness for Casa Esperanza, Inc.’s level of care.

No person will be denied admission to Casa Esperanza, Inc. programs solely on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or illness, prescribed medications including methadone or suboxone maintenance regimes, or the fact that she/he has been terminated by another treatment program, withdrew from treatment against clinical advice on a prior occasion, relapsed from earlier treatment, or filed a grievance regarding an action or decision of the program.

Outpatient Admissions Criteria

Familias Unidas 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

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