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Facility:  Fillmore

Independence House Fillmore (IHF) is a Residential Dual Diagnosis Treatment (RDDT) facility licensed by the Office of Behavioral Health. IHF is considered a Transitional Residential Treatment facility for 40 adult men transitioning from incarceration to the community. IHF supports continuity of care as an essential component to the continued success of clients. This includes stabilizing the clients? mental health, developing recovery and maintenance skills from substance abuse, and teaching life skills to support a successful transition from incarceration into the community. The admission criteria to IHF require an interview by the program staff and a mental health diagnosis co-occurring with a substance abuse disorder (dual-diagnosis). Clients in the IHF RDDT program are not required to pay rent. This allows the clients to establish a savings account, contribute a substantial amount towards their restitution, pay court fines, be accountable for any court ordered child support or outstanding debts and fund housing upon discharge. IHF works with clients who are currently involved in Therapeutic Community programs within the Colorado Department of Corrections. In addition, we serve clients who are considered Condition of Parole status and direct sentence from the judge as an alternative to incarceration.

The IHF RDDT Program offers eight hours of therapeutic services provided on site. The IHF philosophy and practice is strength-based utilizing evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to meet the clients where they are.

IHF helps clients learn new skills to effectively manage their mental health and sobriety while becoming productive members of the community. Evidence based groups? focus on cognitive restructuring to help clients understand their thought processes, core beliefs and maladaptive behaviors. In addition to group therapy, all clients meet with an in-house clinical therapist at least twice per month for individual therapy and receive psychiatric medication monitoring from either a specialized nurse practitioner or licensed psychiatrist.

Beyond staff initiated treatment, there is an active peer community component at IHF. The RDDT peer community Structure Team was adopted from the Therapeutic Community programs offered inside the Colorado prisons. The Structure Team is made up of 10 clients who are active in the RDDT program. They meet twice a week to help promote positive self-esteem, teach positive attitudes towards authority, and encourage self-discipline. The Structure Team gives the clients a code of conduct to follow that allows them to be a mediator between the staff and clients of IHF. Clients are empowered to advocate for their needs regarding their treatment and disciplinary actions by utilizing the peer community model within IHF.

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Our staff includes a Clinical Director, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Counselor level III (CAC III) that oversees clinical services at IHF. In addition, IHF has a Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor and PhD therapist, case managers, addiction counselors, a licensed psychiatrist, and a specialized nurse practitioner. We have an extensive intern program in conjunction with the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver to help educate and give hands-on experience to the future providers of service. All of the IHF security staff has been trained in mental health first aid. IHF has been working closely with Evidenced Based Practices Implementation for Capacity or EPIC by providing monthly Communities of Practice (CoP), which allow the participants to practice their motivational interviewing skills in house. IHF?s three Case Managers and Program Director are considered ?Change Agents? through the EPIC program and are in the process of becoming coaches and trainers for Motivational Interviewing.

Community involvement is an important component for IHF clients? successful reentry into the community. IHF participates in Adopt a Spot, the Capital Hill United Neighborhoods Peoples Fair, Graffiti Clean Up, The Extreme Community Makeover, and Kwal Paint Brush Off Community Challenge. Being located in a residential area allows our clientele the opportunity to be part of the community by raking leaves, shoveling the sidewalks when there is inclement weather, and cleaning up the trash and graffiti in and around the local neighborhood.