ABOUT MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH — TWIN TOWN MEN’S RESIDENTIAL
One of more than a dozen facilities operated by Meridian Behavioral Health across the state of Minnesota, Twin Town in urban St. Paul offers residential treatment services for men ages 18 and older who are struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. The state-licensed men’s only facility provides 24-hour medical services, though it is not specified whether these include medical detoxification.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Each client begins with a thorough chemical assessment and personal history upon entry into Twin Town. Other factors taken into consideration include the client’s current physical and mental health as well as their readiness to change. It is among the 42 percent of Minnesota facilities with specialty services for male clients
All treatment programs at Meridian are guided by evidence-based principles and incorporate individual and group counseling. Treatment also makes use of the Health Realization model, an approach that strives to bring clients to a deeper awareness of their reactions to everyday challenges and struggles.
Other modalities used here include motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Groups cover issues ranging from sexual health to trauma and loss. Counseling also incorporates 12-step concepts and education on drugs and alcohol.
All Meridian programs are licensed with the state of Minnesota and are typically staffed by a team of psychiatrists, licensed counselors and family therapists, and registered nurses. It is licensed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), among the only 10 percent of Minnesota facilities to receive this license.
The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the staff’s level of training and experience to date each awarded the center five out of five stars in this area.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Twin Town runs from a four-story red brick building beside a busy road. The seven survey respondents polled by Rehabs.com on the matter gave Twin Town 3.57 stars for both its accommodations and its meals and nutrition. Despite this positive sentiment, one reviewer claimed their loved one felt as if “he was in jail.”
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The five alumni to have completed Rehabs.com surveys to date provided feedback that was generally positive. Three alumni awarded Twin Town four and five out of five stars across most categories, including conflict resolution, facility safety, and exercise and leisure provisions.
A fourth former client named Phil credited Meridian for saving his life while reviewer Connie maintained that Twin Town was “instrumental” in keeping him accountable.
Though discharged for rule-breaking before completing the program, alum Walter gave five out of five stars for staff availability and flexibility and wrote: “It was a grat program that helped me to look at my addictions, what they were about and develop personal plans that worked 4 my life 4 sure!!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback provided by a handful of loved ones is mixed. One anonymous reviewer left just one-star ratings for the quality of addiction and mental health care, the family program, and the holistic treatment offerings. “Not an effective place,” they added. “Most pepple are there on a rule 25, meaning they really don't want to be there in the first place."
Another loved one claimed that their family member experienced “No long-term gains" while a third, by contrast, recommended the facility and gave five stars for both the staff’s level of training and experience and the counseling options.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Although Rehabs.com has no reviews from staff members to date, 18 staff members gave Meridian Behavioral Health (as an organization) an average rating of 2.8 stars. One employee cited opportunities for client interaction as a strength while another described the work itself as demanding yet rewarding.
Several others, however, criticized the management facility for its poor treatment of clients and lack of leadership skills. “I don’t not support the philosophy of this company,” wrote a former employee of the facility in St. Paul. “It is focused on filing beds, and not about client or employee care.”
According to its website, Meridian facilities are in-network with most insurance providers, including publicly funded ones. Clients are encouraged to call to check the benefits offered by their provider.
One Rehabs.com survey respondent indicated that their stay was paid for by insurance, while other reviewers generally found treatment was worth cost.
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