Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

We provide a 17-bed inpatient unit with a variable length-of-stay program that provides a medically monitored 24-hour structured care setting. Seven professional staff (including CASAC, RN, CSW, CTRS) act as primary counselors and are involved with group and individual counseling as well as educational sessions.

Our program includes pet therapy: patients with allergies, asthma triggered by pet dander, or phobias should probably select another program. For everyone's health, effective, July 1, 2008, CPH has become a tobacco-free facility. Smoking is prohibited in or on any Hospital property, including in parking areas.

Depending on your individual medical needs, your structured program may include group and individual counseling; family counseling and education; trauma group therapy; occupational and recreational therapy; aftercare planning; self-help meetings; health education; smoking/tobacco quit help; gambling addiction assessment and counseling; and pet therapy.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Leadership:
Adam Bullock, RN, Director, Behavioral Health Services
Shara Tacchino, Assitant Director, Behavioral Health Services

Medical Leadership:
Miriam Asar, MD, Psychiatrist 

Intake/Admission Instructions:
You can be referred to our program by healthcare agencies, legal agencies, the Department of Social Services, outpatient services (such as a physician's office), and mental health agencies. You can also refer yourself or friends and family can refer you to us.

Please call ahead to determine availability and to complete a preadmission screening. For referrals from a detoxification unit or other medical setting, the following will be requested:

  1. Physician's History and Physical Report
  2. Psychosocial History
  3. Labs, X-ray, and EKG Reports
  4. Medication Records
  5. Discharge Summary
  6. Disclosure

Fees for services:
Medicaid and most private insurances are accepted. ** Insurance needs to be open/active prior to admission. **

Hours of Admission:
Referrals can be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admissions are scheduled Monday through Friday ideally between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

Criteria for Admission:
A diagnosis of chemical dependence and an inability to abstain without care in a structured setting; or a lack of appropriate outpatient services to meet the individual's needs; or a lack of an appropriate living environment from which to receive services.

Generally, readmissions are not accepted within a year of discharge.

Refusing Admission:
Our program adheres to the highest medical quality standards. We may refuse to admit you to the unit if you have a medical or psychiatric condition requiring a higher level of care (acute or tertiary care) than we are equipped to provide; admission may also be refused if you are a mentally ill chemical-abusing (MICA-classified) patient who is deemed to be not well-stabilized on medications. The unit Director and Medical Director have the right to refuse admission based on medical reasons or for the safety, security, and well-being of staff and other patients.

Early Discharge:
Administrative or early discharge will take effect at the discretion of the unit Director and Medical Director for fraternization; acute medical/psychiatric illness requiring a higher level of care; inability to respond to the treatment services provided; behavior that is disruptive to the treatment progress of other patients or a group of patients; non-compliance with program rules.

Continuing Care/Aftercare:
Discharge planning for patients in rehab focuses on referrals for outpatient treatment or, in some cases, community residential living.

Pet Therapy:
Interacting with furry friends can enhance residents' quality of life through visual, physical, tactile, emotional, and social stimulation, and can provide a "home-like" atmosphere.
Therapy pets include residing cats and residing/visiting dogs. Several resident pets came to us from the Potsdam Animal Shelter. These pets now enjoy loving attention from staff and patients, and live useful and productive lives. Pet therapy provided through shelter adoption has proven to be a win/win situation alike for animals and humans in need of comfort, structure, and care.

Family Information:
Visiting Hours are on Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

Telephone calls are allowed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. only during free time. Calls are limited to 10 minutes and are not intended to be made on a daily basis. For the first three days of their stay, patients will not be allowed to use a phone, laptop, tablet, or other electronic means of communication. All mail may be sent to: 50 Leroy Street Potsdam, NY 13676.

Upon admission, all patients will receive a patient handbook that will explain accommodations, personal items, and policies in more detail.

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