Breaking Down Barriers

The Women’s Home conducts an on-going quality control process to insure that we are serving the vulnerable population of women in need, in our community.  After much discussion and thoughtful design, we are pleased to announce that we have lowered the barriers of admission to our Treatment program at our campus in Montrose.  Residents can now come to us for addiction and mental health treatment in a new 89 day intensive program.

We realize that beds for substance abuse care are virtually non-existent because facilities such as Riverside and VOA have closed down their treatment beds.  Funding became more scarce for these agencies and so treatment became more elusive for those women committed to shedding the horrible burdens of addiction. With an expectation of at least 60 days sobriety to enter our supportive treatment phase; we were turning away women more frequently.  We knew it was time to step up and address the crisis facing so many of our sisters in Houston.

With funding from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and a new Mental Health initiative from the Methodist Foundation, we have designated 8 beds in our main dormitory for intensive substance abuse treatment.  Residents are enrolled in this tight knit group once they have successfully completed a medical detox, stretching a few days.  They, and their cohorts are part of a program that includes individual and group counseling, constant care and vigilant oversight by round the clock psych techs and special physical and spiritual wellness offerings.  It is our hope that our specially designed intensive program will result in the same high levels of success that we enjoy in our supportive program.

One of the features of the large grant awarded by the Methodist Foundation, is the ability to collaborate for medical, wellness and psychiatric care with Legacy Clinic.  We also work closely with Santa Maria Hostel for detox services.  We are grateful to Houston Methodist for making this new program possible.  They have responded to the communities’ dire need for expanded behavioral health services and their leadership is invaluable.

This intensive program was begun in February and we will stay actively committed to reporting on the results of this important addition to our services.