Forest Ridge recognizes the need of formalized substance abuse treatment to meet the needs of the clients that we serve. Forest Ridge serves a population of youth whose average age is 13-17. However, there are times when youth are appropriate to stay past age 18. It is for this reason we are licensed to provide outpatient substance abuse treatment services for both adolescents and adults while placed in our facility.
Outpatient services are available Forest Ridge is licensed to provide three levels of care available: Level II.I – Intensive Outpatient Program; Level I-EO – Extended Outpatient; and Level I-CC – Continuing Care.
Level II.I – Intensive Outpatient Program
The program shall meet the hours required by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). For adults the minimum is nine hours and for adolescents six hours of face to face contact with the clients each week. Individual progress will be monitored on a weekly basis and shall be used in determining appropriateness for this intensive level of care.
Level I – Extended Outpatient
Individuals appropriate for this level of care as determined by ASAM shall receive less than nine (adults) and six (adolescents) hours of treatment each week. This level of care shall be reviewed every 30 days or as needed.
Level I – Continuing Care
Individuals appropriate for this level of care as determined by ASAM shall interact with staff on an as needed basis. This level of care will be utilized as a tool to communicate with clients needing minimal support to maintain abstinence or clients needing continued support until a healthy support system can be developed.
It is the intent of Forest Ridge to move individuals to the least restrictive level of care. It is necessary for clients to move into a less restrictive level of care as determined by ASAM. For example, ideally a client that completes level II.I should be moved to level I-EO then to I-CC to promote a smooth transition from more intensive treatment interactions to the completion of treatment services. However, we understand new issues may arise throughout treatment and will move clients to more or less intensive services according to individual need.
Forest Ridge encourages clients to have a support system in place before final discharge. Such systems may include formal treatment continuation, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, church groups or other groups that support the healthy lifestyle choices the client has chosen.