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Special Populations

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Crouse Hospital is the only provider in Central New York offering several unique outpatient programs to address the substance abuse treatment needs of specific populations in our community. These programs focus on the unique struggles, concerns and barriers that can influence recovery.


Pregnant/Postpartum Women

Substance use and abuse during pregnancy contributes significantly to high infant mortality and serious health problems in infants and children. Crouse Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Treatment Services offers an outpatient program specifically designed to meet the needs and challenges of pregnant and post-partum women, ages 18 and up.

 

We provide individual and group therapy and education in a safe and supportive environment with the goal of helping new and expectant mothers develop healthy relationships with their children.

Intensive outpatient and continuing care programs are available, which include:

  • Health assessments with a registered nurse
  • Consultation with a clinical psychologist 
  • Case management

Working with other community organizations, Crouse’s Chemical Dependency Treatment Services also addresses issues that impact recovery, such as:

  • Parenting challenges and skills
  • Domestic violence
  • Nutrition

Group and individual after care services also are available.

 

Residential treatment and referral services for pregnant women also are available through Crouse Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Treatment Services at Commonwealth Place


Cost/Coverage
Most private insurance Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance.

Location
410 S. Crouse Ave., just down the hill from the hospital

How to Access the Program
315/470-8304 or 1/800-727-6873

For more information on the Pregnant/Postpartum Women’s Program, contact:
Outpatient Drug Abuse Program
Adult/Adolescent Outpatient Program
315/470-8340


Latinos

Crouse Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Treatment Services offers a Latino Service Program to accommodate the specific needs of Spanish-speaking individuals. The program includes group and individual counseling in Spanish in a healthy, recovery-oriented environment where counselors strive to reinforce values, norms and beliefs from a cultural perspective. Aftercare services are available. Referrals to other support agencies that work with Spanish populations in the community are available. DWI evaluations are also available for the Spanish-speaking population through this program.

 

Cost/Coverage
Services are covered by most private insurance companies Medicare and Medicaid. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance.

 

Location
410 S. Crouse Ave., just down the hill from the main hospital

 

How to Access the Program
315/470-8304 or 1/800-727-6873

 

For more information on the Latinos Program, call 315/470-8340.


Outpatient Older Adult Recovery Service (OARS) – Age 55+

Abuse of alcohol and medications is often overlooked in older adults. A higher level of denial exists in the community and symptoms of this problem can differ from those displayed in younger individuals.


Physiological challenges in older adults can make them more susceptible to the effects of alcohol. A decrease in muscle tissue and an increase in fatty tissue reduce an older body’s ability to absorb and dispose of alcohol, resulting in a lower tolerance level.


Common signals of drug or alcohol abuse in people over 65 include:

  • Falls or accidents
  • Poor nutrition
  • Inadequate self care
  • Social isolation

These symptoms can often be misdiagnosed as stereotypical signs of aging like dementia, depression, disorientation or confusion.

 

Crouse’s Outpatient Older Adult Recovery Service (OARS) is staffed by specialists with experience in the treatment of chemically-dependent older adults. It provides an affordable and accessible program that takes into account the special treatment needs related to:

  • Physical health
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality
  • Family and social relationships

Cost/Coverage
Most private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance.

 

Location
410 S. Crouse Ave., just down the hill from the main hospital.

 

How to Access the Program
315/470-8304 or 1/800-727-6873

 

For more information on the OARS Program, contact:
Ellen Gerace

 

Ellen Gerace, LMHC, NCC, CASAC
Clinical Supervisor
CD Outpatient Services - Admissions, Adult/Adolescent Outpatient Program
315/470-8340

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