St. Christopher’s Inn now offers remote substance abuse treatment through its new outpatient community telepractice program, which consists of up to five two-hour weekly virtual treatment visits that include educational lectures and group psychotherapy, as well as biweekly individual therapy sessions. Treatment schedules are client-centered and developed collaboratively by clients and clinical staff. Participation in telepractice is voluntary and clients are free to terminate services at any time.
All telepractice candidates must have suitable electronic equipment to participate in remote treatment services.
With the consent of their case manager, current clients who have successfully completed the Inn’s Day Rehabilitative Program may elect to transfer into Telepractice to continue their treatment.
Those who are not clients of the Day Rehabilitative Program, must submit an Admissions Referral Form completed by a referral source or self-completed to determine potential eligibility, as well as a Virtual Intake Form.
The Admissions Department will review referral forms to determine if any additional information is needed and then schedule a pre-admission phone interview to evaluate a treatment candidate’s potential eligibility for telepractice treatment services. If the person is deemed eligible based on that initial evaluation, a qualified clinician from SCI’s counseling department will conduct an in-person admission assessment based on clinical and psychosocial factors and assessment tools, such as The Alcohol Severity Index and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports’ Level of Care for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Referral Protocol (LOCADTR), to make a final determination.