ABOUT ANTHONY LOUIS CENTER – BLAINE
Anthony Louis Center comprises about half a dozen substance use disorder treatment programs that serve adolescents in the northern Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs. The center's Blaine location provides both residential and outpatient treatment and supports teens who are struggling with addiction as well as with such related concerns as depression, school and family challenges, and involvement in the court system.
This is one of the only 74 (20.8 percent) facilities in the state with programming specifically for adolescents, as well as one of just 182 (51.1 percent) with a treatment track for co-occurring mental health disorders. Anthony Louis Centers is operated by On-Belay Minnesota, a community-based group named for the support device used in climbing. Additional facilities include a girls' residence in Eden Prairie and an outpatient clinic in Burnsville.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The admissions process at Anthony Louis Center begins with a scheduled or walk-in assessment, followed by an intensive interview. Each teen receives a physical exam during intake. Typically, the center recommends a 30- to 45-day residential program, during which staff members provide comprehensive case management and coordinate with families, schools, and existing health care professionals, and other referral sources. The Blaine center accepts male and female adolescents, with separate living arrangements and some mixed-gender clinical sessions.
Throughout the rehab process, family involvement and extensive planning to prepare for ongoing recovery are key priorities, according to the facility's website. Most treatment plans incorporate individual and group therapy, family counseling, psychological consultation, and addiction education. Nutritional and nursing services are also available, and random drug screens are required. Full-day outpatient programming consists of the same treatment components as residential care.
Prior to discharge, treatment team members work with each teen to create a "formal environmental plan," which addresses specific ways in which he or she will continue in recovery after returning home.
The multidisciplinary staff is led by a medical director and includes a licensed clinical psychologist, a registered nurse, a dietician, chemical dependency counselors, recreational therapists, and teachers. Anthony Louis Center also coordinates with the Associated Clinic of Psychology, a Minnesota-based mental health care provider, for some assessment and additional mental health services.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential facility can accommodate up to 22 clients at a time. According to the facility's website, although a registered nurse is present, 24-hour medical care is not available on-site. Residents are not permitted to use personal electronic devices.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole former client to submit feedback to Rehabs.com to date provided above-average ratings, giving five out of five stars for staff support as well as extracurricular opportunities. Feedback from 14 users on Google at the time of this writing was much less complimentary, for an average rating of 2.1 out of five stars. Several comments refer to the facility and staff as disorganized with very little actual treatment taking place. "They allow minors to walk right our the front door and do nothing about it," one individual wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from loved ones of former clients available at the time of this writing was split between those who did not find the program at all helpful and those who would recommend Anthony Louis Center to others, particularly praising the staff's professionalism.
The two reviews received by Rehabs.com both referenced outpatient treatment and expressed strong dissatisfaction. One cited a lack of effective communication and inadequate resources as weaknesses, also echoing the Google reviewer's complaints of disorganization. On the other hand, two of the three CiteHealth reviews were highly favorable. "The young staff related very well to our son and he did very well at this facility," one wrote, providing a five-star rating. However, the third loved one gave just two out of five stars, noting that the intake coordinator did not help her child address any real problems.
WHAT STAFFF SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com had yet to receive feedback from current or former staffers of the facility. Neither of the two former employees who posted Glassdoor reviews would recommend the facility, however. Both cited problems with high staff turnover, although one also identified working with co-workers and clients as a highlight.
Anthony Louis Center does not publish its fees online, however, the center does accept insurance and county funding, and offers some financial aid through scholarships, according to its website.
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