The mission of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Stonybrook Stabilization & Treatment Centers is to help individuals affected by Substance Use Disorders. Our goal is to stabilize and allow those suffering access to treatment and to help them take the steps necessary to move toward an improved quality of life.
The Stonybrook Stabilization & Treatment Centers recognizes there are many different pathways to recovery, and each individual determines their own way. Recovery from Substance Use Disorders and / or Mental Health Disorders involves a process of change by improving health and wellness, living a self-directed life, and striving to reach full potential.
The Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Centers (SSTC) provide evidence-guided, trauma-informed, and family-focused detox and post-detox care operated in Ludlow, MA and Springfield, MA. Psycho-educational programs draw from proven models with SUD & CJ participants, scaled for appropriate engagement in the weeks following detox. The commitment lasts from 30 to 90 days, depending upon outcome of regular reviews.
Summary of Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Section 35 Program Model
The Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Center (SSTC) at Ludlow and Springfield are committed to providing a safe, secure and structured treatment-program environment where clients can take stock in their life, make a new beginning, learn and grow. This is accomplished through medically monitored detoxification services, providing education and tools to affect positive change, and plans for aftercare in order to promote a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle upon return to the community. We strive for an environment of harmony and cooperation.
Phase One (typically up to three weeks) features daily psycho-educational classes covering topics such as Cognitive Change, Shame and Loss, Emotion-Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Alternative Coping Skills, and Handling Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Phase Two (typically two weeks) addresses Family Communication in Early Recovery, Maintaining Equilibrium during Trauma Triggers, and Managing High-Risk Situations. In both phases, daily Activity Groups and Peer Supports for Recovery occur. Staff and community providers deliver information on Harm Reduction strategies. Motivational Interviewing interventions help to increase participants’ intrinsic motivation, helping individuals develop discrepancy between the choices they have made around substances and the life they want to lead.
Phase One Groups
- Handling Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS– Body, Mind, Spirit) [3 sessions]
- FAMILY COMMUNICATION IN EARLY RECOVERY (Ideas for Better Communication) [6 sessions]
- SKILLS FROM DBT: Emotion-Regulation & Distress Tolerance , Alternative Coping [15 sessions]
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) [6 sessions] Recovery Roadmaps (building foundations from the start for preventing relapse) [9 sessions]
Phase Two Groups
Cognitive-Behavioral Change & Preparation for Transition
- UNLOCK YOUR THINKING, OPEN YOUR MIND [6 sessions]
- MAKING THE FUTURE BETTER THAN THE PAST (managing trauma triggers) [6 sessions]
- FOUR KEYS HANDLING ANGER [4 sessions]
- STIGMA, SHAME, & RESILIENCE [4 sessions]
Recovery and Wellness Activities
Peer-based Recovery Support
- 12-Step, Recovery Coaching, Faith-based, Refuge Recovery, Learn To Cope…
- “No wrong door to recovery” approach
- Harm Reduction education by a local provider
- Art, music, games
- Mindfulness Activities (including MP3 Players with pre-loaded content)
A Note about the Intervention: “The How”
SSTC operates within highly specialized parameters of the Hampden County Seriff’s Department to serve court-ordered dangerously ill individuals who, due to their impaired judgement relative to Substance Use Disorder. The length of stay depends on clinical presentation and program engagement, ranging between 30 and 90 days, with reviews at regular intervals and discharge upon the authorization of the DOC Commissioner.
Clinical factors considered at review include a psycho-social assessment, participation in treatment, and features of the client’s presentation, including mental status, capacity for planning, decision-making, emotion regulation, problem recognition or ambivalence. Staff recommendations as to discharge or continued treatment go to the Program Director at the Springfield site, who confers with and follows the direction of the Department of Corrections.
Evidence-guided Treatment design follows evidence-based principles empirically demonstrated to show efficacy with SUD populations. No known interventions with replicated, peer-reviewed studies exist for a 30 to 90-day population, so the HCSD uses adaptations of evidence-based models. Education research on teaching and learning among adults who have SUD, among justice-involved adults, and among adults with mental health challenges informs treatment design, consultation, and staff supervision for the program. Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based approach shown to be highly correlated with behavioral health outcomes, forms the core of the staff approach.
Trauma-informed. The incidence of early and repeated trauma among adults with SUD is well-established in the literature. HCSD proceeds with a commitment to factor this common life experience into the approach with those we serve. For example, lesson plans address trauma adaptations and sequelae, the strip search room is purposely constructed to limit the sense of privacy distress, and the entire program approach emphasizes options rather than a prescriptive or coercive model.
Family focused. Entire families bear the effects of SUD. Classes and counseling support take this fact into account, helping clients to see themselves and their SUD as part of a larger family constellation. Early weeks of the program purposely omit family visitation, instead offering (as was validated by four distinct focus groups HCSD conducted) telephone-only contact early on, with gradually increasing family contact as the individual stabilizes. Support and education occur weekly at the Springfield site, and staff members make themselves available to provide direction and support to concerned family members.