In-home and Outpatient Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health Services Available for More Youth, Young Adults in Connecticut

Wheeler’s Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program and its Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health Services (IIBHS) are available to families insured by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, as well as ConnectiCare, Harvard Pilgrim and United Health Care/Oxford (administered by United Behavioral Health operating under the brand Optum).

It’s important to offer care for consumers in the setting that best supports their recovery, which is often their own home,” said Susan Walkama, LCSW, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “Youth and young adults can experience mental health and substance abuse issues concurrently, so comprehensive treatment for both helps to support and sustain long-term recovery.”

Wheeler’s Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program serves youth, ages 9 to 18, who may be either at-risk for or who have substance abuse issues. The program offers a comprehensive continuum of early intervention, outpatient and intensive in-home and outpatient levels of substance abuse treatment services and recovery support for youth struggling with substance use. Engagement and empowerment supports for families also are offered. Referrals can be made by calling Wheeler’s Navigation Center at 860.793.3500.

Wheeler’s Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health Services (IIBHS) serve children, adolescents and young adults, ages 3 to 24 with acute psychiatric and/or co-occurring challenges. The program is designed to promote safety and stability in the home community and address complex behavioral health or substance abuse challenges for youth are at high risk of an inpatient admission or who have a history of emergency department, inpatient and/or residential admissions. Individuals referred to IIBHS by a hospital emergency department, inpatient program, or by an insurance carrier care manager receive 24/7 crisis support and strengths-based, intensive in-home individual and family therapy from a team of Wheeler clinicians. Referrals for services can be made 24 hours a day by calling Wheeler’s IIBHS Referral Line at 475.222.6015.

Both in-home and outpatient programs are part of Wheeler’s Centers of Excellence, which provide cutting-edge clinical innovation through the use of evidence-based practices, offer world-class customer care, and provide easy access to a comprehensive array of treatment and recovery services that are culturally, gender-, and age-responsive. The Centers of Excellence programs partner with youth and families to yield excellent outcomes and high client satisfaction.

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