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Libertae, Inc.’s outpatient treatment center gives women more freedom in recovery

by Maryanna S. Phinn

Libertae, Inc. was one of the first inpatient addiction treatment centers in Pennsylvania geared specifically for women.

Established in 1973, the early pioneer of “gender-informed” treatment started by caring for 10 female residents.

Today, the non-profit organization has expanded significantly.

It is not just for residential treatment anymore, but now provides extensive outpatient services at the Libertae Wellness and Recovery Center – that includes access to transportation and on-site day care – for women with children and single women on its campus in Bensalem.

“The number one reason that women leave treatment prematurely is because of disruption or lack of child or family care,” says Nancy Wolf, Libertae’s chief executive officer. “It is extremely important to reduce these barriers to treatment, especially for women, because of concerns about custody and affordable child care.”

In addition to providing transportation and childcare, Libertae also includes the women’s children, families and life partners in the treatment plans and educates them on substance abuse and mental health disorders. “More than 90% of the women we treat have children. We work closely with social service agencies including Bucks County Children and Youth. We offer a myriad of programs and activities for children and teens of our patients. We find that these approaches significantly impact how they complete the treatment and it reduces relapses and prevents overdoses.”    

Since establishing the outpatient program during the summer of 2017, Libertae has almost doubled in size, says Nancy. “Last year, we had 850 referrals to our residential program, which were all appropriate for our setting. An outpatient program is essential because it gives everyone more flexibility to access services.” 

The Libertae Wellness and Recovery Center outpatient program offers several levels of care including outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization.

The goal is to increase the number of admissions to treatment and ensure positive outcomes that will impact the mortality rate due to drug overdoses, says Nancy. 

Services include individual and group therapy; family education; life skills counseling and advocacy; medical referrals and supports; day and evening sessions and daycare, if needed.

Libertae follows the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) client placement criteria for adults.

Libertae gives priority admission to women as follows: pregnant injection drug users, pregnant substance users, injection drug users, overdose survivors and veterans.

“Currently, we have 82 people in our outpatient program which can serve up to 120 patients. We also increased the number of beds for our inpatient residents from 36 to 64 beds, and they are full. Addiction is an enormous problem in communities all over, but we are here as a major resource for Bucks County and communities throughout Pennsylvania for both outpatient and inpatient care,” says Nancy.

For more information, call 215-839-8681 or e-mail info@libertae.org. As a nonprofit organization, Libertae welcomes financial and in-kind support from the community, businesses, corporations and individuals. To learn more, visit www.libertae.org or “Like” Libertae on Facebook @LibertaeFamilyHouse.

Follow Libertae on Twitter @LibertaeI and Instagram @libertaeletsgetfree.

PHOTO CAP: Nancy Wolf, Libertae’s chief executive officer