Center Category: Rehab Centers
Founded in 1970, Chrysalis House, based in Lexington, Kentucky, offers treatment programs, exclusively designed for women, to address substance abuse as well as co-occurring disorders.
Chrysalis House also provides programs for domestic violence survivors, health, as well as childcare services.
A licensed nonprofit organization, Chrysalis runs a community center, four residential treatment facilities, and many long-term housing programs. A majority of the residents are from the low-income group, having limited access to mental healthcare services and are vulnerable to domestic abuse.
Since many residents are either pregnant or have infants, Chrysalis offers housing facilities to mothers and their young children at two locations.
Chrysalis offers home-like residences complete with living areas, dining rooms as well as a TV area. These residences can accommodate around 15 to 20 women, excluding children. Residents without children stay in shared rooms that have basic furniture.
Children who are aged two and below can stay with their mothers, while older children can visit and stay with them on weekends, provided it doesn’t interfere with school or treatment schedules.
Residents share household chores like cooking under the supervision of the staff. Residents can use electronic devices but to a limited extent.
Chrysalis’ long-term housing programs comprise of a 40-unit and 12-unit complex of two- to three-bedroom apartments. Women who seek an independent living, but in the safe and drug-free environment, can find affordable housing for themselves and their families in these programs.
Residents are served basic but nutritious food. Snacks and meals for kids are also available.
When a resident gets admission, she undergoes a complete evaluation following which a customized treatment plan is prepared. Residents who need detox services need to get it done elsewhere, as Chrysalis does not offer medically monitored detox services.
A typical treatment day at Chrysalis includes 12-step meetings, psycho-education courses, individual and group therapies, peer monitoring, and related assignments. Residents get enough time to tend to their children and taking care of outside business.
During treatment, the resident’s progress is monitored by a clinical team comprising of a psychiatric nurse practitioner, domestic abuse and substance abuse counselors, and a case manager. They also coordinate programs to ensure that the resident stays on track to achieve her goal.
A resident who uses prescription medication can bring medications for 30 days; those in need of dual diagnosis support could also get medication management at the center.
Furthermore, the primary healthcare needs of both the mother and her child are taken care of at the Chrysalis Community Center. Residents are also taught parenting skills and can volunteer in the community.
Even though there is no fixed period for stay at the center, residential treatment requires residents to remain at Chrysalis for six to nine months. Once the orientation period is completed, residents can have visitors and are allowed to leave the premises for four hours a day to attend approved appointments.
Children are taken care of at the Childcare Center, where they learn to grow various things in the community art garden. Day camp or afterschool programs are also organized for older children.
To ensure that residents who graduate out of Chrysalis House become financially independent, the center offers GED, job and vocational training, and tangible skills based on individual strength.
Once a resident applies for a job and an adequate income line is established, a coordinator helps her transition to a long-term apartment.
Many residents stay in extended care for nearly a year with services such as medical, childcare, housing, employment assistance, and budgeting still available. Residents can also avail community and treatment services for an additional year.
Akin to the substance abuse program, the domestic violence program also offers counseling, a safe refuge, and healthcare services to women and their children.
Free for initial three-to six-month stay; later 30% of income.
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