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Regional Mental Health – Strawhun Center | Located In Merrillville, IN

Regional Mental Health – Strawhun Center is located in Merrillville, Indiana. Regional Mental Health – Strawhun Center has successfully provided mental health care management and treatment for clients with a variety of mental illness disorders for more than 40 years.

Regional Mental Health – Strawhun Center

8555 Taft Street
Merrillville, IN 46410

Insurance Accepted - Medicaid Private insurance Self-pay options Financial aid Sliding scale payment assistance Medicare Military insurance Per session: $50


Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center is located in Merrillville, Indiana. Regional Mental Health - Strawhun Center has successfully provided mental health care management and treatment for clients with a variety of mental illness disorders for more than 40 years.


Adolescence program Adult program Children program Elderly program Hearing impaired program : Regional Mental Health Center maintains special services for deaf and hard of hearing clients who may be in need of outpatient mental health or gambling services. This service is provided by Lisa Ogut, a master’s trained clinician based at the Highland outpatient office. Using American Sign Language (ASL) with deaf clients, she provides: outpatient services, outpatient gambling services, and interpretation services for the psychiatrist if needed. Program for men Program for women Total beds : 16 Young adult program

Levels Of Care

Outpatient: Regional Mental Health’s outpatient mental health counseling is provided for individuals, couples and families of all ages by their professional staff of psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and psychiatrists. These programs provide help to adults and children having trouble effectively managing their lives through the various stages of change and development. Leaving home for the first time, getting married or divorced, coping with a loss and handling stress are a few of the life cycle events emphasized in these programs. Inpatient: Regional Mental Health Center’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit is a 16 bed locked hospital unit for adults with acute psychiatric symptoms that require a high level of care. The unit is staffed by psychiatrists, RNs, psychologist, psychiatric technicians, an activity therapist, and a dietician. The average length of stay is seven days, with the goal being to provide a safe, highly structured, therapeutic setting to assist our clients in being able to transition to a lower level of care. An in-house pharmacy is also available. Medically Assisted Detox: Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one’s body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. This program assists clients who are physically dependent on drugs and/or alcohol that requires detoxification. Detoxification lasts 1-5 days. Aftercare Support: Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn\'t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Sober Living Homes: Consists of group homes and community-based apartments. Group homes provide 24 hour supervised residential care, either as a transitional step for individuals being discharged from more restrictive settings, or to avoid a placement in a more restrictive setting. Services offered within the program include room and board, milieu therapy, therapeutic activities, and education in activities of daily living, case management and linkage with other services. Community-based apartments are managed by Regional. There is not 24 hour staff on site, but there is a strong case management component to provide in-home support for successful independent living.

Clinical Services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one\'s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient\'s own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse. Couples Therapy: Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person\'s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety. Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder. Experiential Therapy: Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing. Family Therapy: Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation. Group Therapy: Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members. Individual Therapy: In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life. Life Skills: Vocational Rehabilitation services provide information and skill building to train and assist severely and persistently mentally ill individuals in obtaining and maintaining community-based employment. Staff helps individuals locate types of employment that best fit both employer and applicant needs and provide job coaching to work with and train the employee on-the-job as well as monitor the employee’s job progress. When an employee is referred by the program, employers can be confident that the new employee is prepared and receives ongoing support to maintain employment. Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is a way of getting nicotine into the bloodstream without smoking. It uses products that supply low doses of nicotine to help people stop smoking. The goal of therapy is to cut down on cravings for nicotine and ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Nutrition Therapy: Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health. Trauma Therapy: Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT) is an innovative and holistic approach developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, founder of The Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Unlike other approaches to trauma treatment that require an individual to experience painful emotions while reliving the trauma, RRT clears the negative effects of traumatic events effectively, quickly, and gently. In this uplifting approach to treatment and healing, negative habits and painful emotions are replaced by positive actions, energy, and a feeling of well-being.


Alcoholism: The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings. Dual Diagnosis: Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person\'s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Mental Health and Substance Abuse: A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track. Opioid Addiction: Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


They provide services for children and families in their schools by therapists and a case manager. Therapists are on site and involved with children through individual, group and family treatment. They work closely with school staff to address behavioral problems that are interfering with the educational process. Therapists are part of the case conferencing process for children in Special Education.


Joint Commission: The Joint Commission, formerly known as JCAHO, is a nonprofit organization that accredits rehab organizations and programs. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commision\'s mission is to improve the quality of patient care and demonstrating the quality of patient care. Joint Commission Accreditation: Yes


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