ABOUT DE PAUL TREATMENT CENTERS — YOUTH CENTER
Based in downtown Portland, Ore., De Paul Treatment Centers is one of Oregon’s 125 private, nonprofit treatment facilities for substance abuse. It was founded in 1977, began serving youth in 1985, and now offers a residential program and outpatient services for adolescents ages 13 to 17. It also treats those with co-occurring disorders. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At the core of the De Paul treatment model is Positive Youth Development (PYD), a nationally recognized best practice for treating addiction in adolescents. It is a trauma-focused treatment method that helps adolescents overcome the influence of traumatic events.
The admissions process takes place in person at the facility. Admissions are completed on a first come, first serve basis. Assessments are completed at the time of admission to guide the process. However, clients who are paying with private insurance can only be admitted during the week. Others can be admitted over the weekend.
De Paul delivers its PYD-based treatment through a number of program components including individual, family, and group therapy on topics including social skills development, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and drug abuse education. De Paul’s alternative high school is accredited through Portland Public Schools. When not in treatment or groups, clients spend four hours a day in classes.
General outpatient programs meet once or twice a week and intensive outpatient programs meet three or more times a week, both for three to four months. Treatment includes individual and family counseling. De Paul conducts random weekly urine tests for outpatient clients.
This center’s staff includes licensed addiction counselors, youth and family therapists, teachers, and youth counselors. It is one of 27 (11 percent) of facilities in Oregon that are accredited by CARF.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
De Paul Treatment Centers - Youth Center is one of Oregon’s 39 (17.3 percent) residential treatment facilities. Housing is gender-specific and includes capacity for 24 boys and 16 girls**. Rooms are single occupancy and minimally furnished. Residents sleep, eat, and spend free time in separate, dormitory-style wings. The facility has a classroom as well to maintain a regular academic schedule. Youth are encouraged to use the *fitness center* and participate in the “sport of the week”. Other activities include hikes, movies, cultural events, and volunteer work with the Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon Humane Society.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, five alumni gave De Paul mixed ratings. In comments, two alumni felt that De Paul's treatment worked well for them, but two others described the program as strict with staff expressing little empathy. Alum T.S. wrote that the program offered "Hard core recovery" but "Not a lot of empathy."
Holistic Offerings: 3.4/5
Family Participation: 2.75/5
Facility Cleanliness: 3.2/5
On Google, De Paul has a four out of five star review and a one out of five star review. No commentary was left. 
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave De Paul mixed to positive ratings.
In comments, loved ones provided positive feedback about the staff's professionalism and qualifications, though one wrote that counselors were not punctual for individual sessions and another noted the loose regulations for clients. Loved ones also provided positive feedback about the variety of programming available, one crediting its outpatient program.
Family Participation: 4.2/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.8/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
The single staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date gave De Paul mixed ratings, rating the facility three out of five stars for cleanliness, affordability, and staff's level of experience and training. However, the staff member gave just two stars for its holistic offerings and when asked if they’d recommend the program to others. The anonymous employee wrote: "the "management" team needs to be a little more approachable to residents from what I hear."
De Paul accepts most private insurance plans and offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured clients. Self-pay plans and financial assistance are also available.
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