Substance Abuse Treatment – Our agency is licensed to provide both General and Intensive Outpatient Treatment.
GMS Counseling, LLC is an approved provider on the JRI approved provider agency list. We are certified to work with clients who are court ordered or on state monitored probation. With this our agency has adopted and implemented all of the JRI requirements as part of our treatment program. This includes completed a substance use screening (SASSI-A4), risk assessment (RANT/LS RNR), and an evaluation that meets the ASAM criteria where all clients are assessed in 6 different dimensions. Further all clients who receive a substance abuse evaluation are placed in a level of care as indicated by the ASAM treatment criteria rules.
Our agency has developed a program that meets and exceeds all requirements as laid out by JRI and our substance use programming has undergone the required state audit and has been approved to implement.
Treatment Planning, once a client has been advised of the level of care the ASAM criteria placed them in they are fully involved in developing a treatment program that meets their needs. Once a program is developed for the client all program agreements as well as a length of treatment is determined. It is our goal that each client who enters into our program has a treatment plan that meets their needs and is designed to address all areas of their life that contributes to their substance use. We ask that our clients participate in random UA testing as a measure of progress in treatment.
Our substance use program consists of a variety of different group therapy program to meet individual needs of our clients, further client also may engage in individual therapy sessions as needed. A list of the ASAM Treatment Levels offered by GMS Counseling LLC has been provided on below as well as the definition of care as defined by ASAM and a description of each of our substance groups.
ASAM Level of Care as defined by ASAM
0.5 Early Intervention (Education) - Client in this level of care typically engage in this group 1x for 12-16 sessions depending on the level of severity per the assessment.
1.0 – Outpatient Services 1-8 hours per week of treatment - Length of treatment varies by client and is based on the evaluation, therapist input and client input. Typically, clients at this level attend 1-2x per week up to 24 weeks. All areas of concern are treated as indicated by the ASAM Criteria. This is done by attending group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions or a combination of both.
2.1 – Intensive Outpatient Services 9+ hours per week of treatment – Typically clients in this level of care have a severe substance use disorder(s) where use can lead to serious medical conditions and or death. client in this level of care are unable to manage sobriety without intensive supervision and treatment. Typically, clients in this level of care attend some form of treatment each day of the week, for 4-6 weeks when they are re-evaluated once client reaches a lower level of care as indicated by the ASAM criteria they are moved to a lower level with the end goal being a successful discharge.
As per ASAM and JRI guidelines clients are assessed by observation and personal interview every 6-8 weeks to review progress (*note there is not an additional cost for this re-assessment as this is included in their treatment cost.) At this time clients may be reduced to a lower level of care in which their treatment plan and contract would be adjusted to reflect this. Should a client show that they need a higher level of care at a review the recommendation will be sent to the court for approval with reasoning, and justification to the new level of care.
Substance Use Education Group – This group is designed for those who do not meet criteria for a substance use disorder but early intervention would assist in reducing the likelihood of a substance use disorder from developing. Client in this level of care typically engage in this group 1x per week up to 12-16 weeks, depending on the level of severity.
Substance Use Relapse Prevention Group – This group is designed for those clients who meet clinical criteria for a substance use disorder and have achieved at times sobriety. In this group the client will develop a comprehensive relapse prevention plan while learning additional relapse prevention skills, and processing past use as well as common thinking errors associated with substance use. This is a treatment group and our agency uses only outcome and evidence based treatment models most based on the cognitive behavioral (CBT) model of treatment. All program outlines have been reviewed and approved by the state during our JRI annual audit.
Substance Use and Trauma – This group is designed for client who meet clinical criteria for a substance use disorder as well as a mental health diagnosis related to Trauma such as anxiety and depression. This group is designed to offer the skills and treatment necessary to treat co-occurring diagnosis and addressed both the mental health and substance use in a group setting. Our agency has adopted the Seeking Safety Model for our program this listed as an approved treatment model according to the JRI guidelines and our program is run to program fidelity.
Sober Living Night – 1x per month our agency offers a sober living night where we provide food and entertainment.This group is voluntary and designed to offer our clients a glimpse into activates they can do that do not require substance use.
Prime for life both for Minors (-21) and Adults (+21)
State approved course as developed by Prevention Research Institute. The course is taught to a curriculum that the facilitator must be certified to run. This program was redeveloped in July of 2015 and is a great course for a Minor in Possession.
16 Hours taught in 4, 4 hour classes as required by state licensing department. This course can be completed in 2 weeks or 4 weeks depending on what schedule the client chooses.
Course is offered, day, evenings and weekends. Offered at both locations. Series is run a minimum of 1x per month for both age groups.
Thinking for a Change
Our office uses the OFFICIAL Thinking for a Change Program as developed by The National Institute of Corrections. The course is divided into 25 modules. During the course the client completes multiple modules a session. Level II includes an evaluation to determine how to assist the client individually this does not change the length of treatment just provides background information to assist us in treatment.
Length of class – The National Institute of Corrections has this program divided up into 25 modules that take a total of 8 hours to present. This is accomplished by attending 4, 2 hour sessions. Level II includes 4 individual session to help the client process the information and relate it to their individual circumstance.
MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
Our office has been certified and trained to offer the MRT program. This is a program that the corrections office has promoted and used to replace Thinking for a Change. MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. If clients’ judgments about right and wrong are made from low levels of moral reasoning, counseling them, training them in job skills, and even punishing them will have little long-lasting impact on their behavior. They must be confronted with the consequences of their behavior and the effect that it has had on their family, friends and community. Poor moral reasoning is common within at-risk populations. MRT addresses beliefs and reasoning. It is a systematic, step-by-step group counseling treatment approach for treatment-resistant clients. The program is designed to alter how clients think and make judgments about what is right and wrong. The MRT system approaches the problem of treating resistant populations as a problem of low levels of moral reasoning. In this case, “moral” does not refer to a religious concept, but rather the theoretical conceptualization of psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg. Moral reasoning represents how a person makes decisions about what he or she should or should not do in a given situation.
Domestic Violence Perpetrator
Currently our offices hold the DHS state DV contract. This means that we are held to certain state guidelines and have undergone all state required annual trainings. All DV treatment is therapeutic and with that said it does require us to do an evaluation and assessment, this is also required by our state licensing requirements. Although an evaluation is completed, it does not change the length of treatment when a 16 week course is ordered, instead it is to provide us information regarding the client and the case so we can cater treatment to their situation. The level of treatment is determined through the evaluation and completion of the Domestic Violence Risk Needs Assessment (DVRNA).
Domestic Violence Victim Services
Our victims group is a therapeutic support group for victims of domestic violence. This is done in a group setting but also can include individual treatment. Group treatment assists victims of domestic violence in understanding and recognizing various aspects of violence experienced through their relationships. Individuals receiving this service are provided therapeutic interventions to assist them in preventing future violence related incidents, development of safety plans, self-esteem and skills building to change their situations.
Our office offers a 6 week parenting program that is catered to those in the group. Please note **our office often refers our Parenting Classes out to Davis Behavioral Health, The Family Support Center or the Family Connection and we monitor this treatment as they offer the program at no cost due to county and state funding.**
Level I Anger Management
Our level I anger course is an educational series that reviews anger, as well as anger management techniques. The course covers underlying issues as well as thinking errors.
Level II Anger Management
Our level II anger program is designed to include the series offered in Level I anger but also includes more of a therapeutic approach. Clients who are entering into Level II anger are in a group that is ran by a licensed clinician with a master’s degree in social work or an equivalent. By having someone who is at a masters level facilitate the group we are able to process the reasons behind the undesired behavior with the clients. As well as work closer with the mental health side of this unwanted behavior. Level II anger requires us to do an evaluation, but does not change the length of the course, it only is done to provide us a better background to the situation.
Level I Theft
Our level I theft course is a series that reviews shoplifting, and theft in various levels. The course covers underlying issues and thinking errors that result in someone making a negative decision as well as how to work around them.
Level II Theft
Our level II theft program is designed to include the series offered in Level I theft but also includes more of a therapeutic approach. Clients who are entering into Level II theft are in a group that is ran by a licensed clinician with a master’s degree in social work or an equivalent. By having someone who is at a masters level facilitate the group we are able to process the reasons behind the undesired behavior with the clients. As well as work closer with the mental health side of this unwanted behavior. Level II theft requires us to do an evaluation, but does not change the length of the course, it only is done to provide us a better background to the situation.
Mental Health Therapy
Our agency is fully licensed and offers mental health treatment. This can be for any type of mental health disorder as our therapists are fully licensed. We offer individual therapy, couples counseling, and marriage counseling. We currently do not provide therapy for sex offenders, seriously and persistently mentally ill and we do not do medication management. Should a client need medication they are referred to a physician.