Services - Levels of Services

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The assessment services utilize a broad-based approach. The process assesses the client’s level of functioning in a number of areas including living situation, military history, medical status, educational status, employment/support status, drug/alcohol use, treatment history, legal status, family history, family/social relationship status, and psychiatric status. Standardized testing inventories are used to provide additional information to complement the information that is gathered through the interview process. The assessment findings provide detail about the level of substance abuse services that are needed by the client; and also provide information about other services that are needed. Other services that may be needed include medical, vocational, educational, housing, financial, legal, or psychiatric resources. The following categories list the types of assessments that are provided:

  • General Adult Assessment 
  • General Adolescent Assessment 
  • Court-Related Adult or Adolescent Assessment 
  • Drivers License Appeal Division Assessment
These sessions are utilized as a primary outpatient modality, as a follow-up to group services, or concurrently with group services. The sessions provide support in resolving individualized relationship, emotional, psychological, family, relapse, and recovery issues. The frequency of sessions is usually weekly although the frequency can range from twice weekly to once per month. Sessions can be scheduled in either ½ hour or one-hour blocks of time during both daytime and evening hours.

Who’s Eligible:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • Women who are primary caregivers of their children
  • Women whose children have been removed from the home or are at risk for removal



Research shows that individuals with history of trauma are at significantly greater risk for developing substance use disorders and health-related problems such as liver disease, COPD, lung cancer and STI’s. Trauma-exposed individuals are also more likely to experience sexual assault, domestic violence and depression.  That is why it is so important not only to properly evaluate and individual’s history of trauma, but to ensure that this    history is treated with privacy and respect and is addressed holistically throughout treatment.  We understand that many traumas are gender-specific and because of this, we offer group treatment that is gender-specific for the comfort of our clients.

Often when a client enters treatment with a history of trauma, she isn’t yet ready to talk about the experience or its effects.  This is one of the many reasons that we offer skill-based treatment approaches in addition to talk therapy.

There are several levels of intensity provided through the outpatient group sessions. The majority of group sessions are scheduled to meet once weekly although one of the group modalities meets twice weekly. The groups are designed to meet the needs of specific populations, and combine education with an interactive group-counseling format. All of the group sessions are provided in an open-ended format where clients are entering and completing on an ongoing basis. Clients are oriented to the group guidelines that include the expectation that confidentiality will be maintained. The following lists the various groups that are provided:

The Insight Group meets twice weekly. The group is designed for clients who need regular support with developing abstinence and with tasks involved with recovery. It is a primary outpatient treatment program that is between the intensive outpatient services and other outpatient services in intensity. The average length of involvement is for six weeks or twelve sessions.
The Early Recovery Groups meet weekly. The group is designed to develop skills to deal with the early recovery process, relapse prevention, and related life concerns. It is frequently used concurrently with individual sessions or following completion of the Insight group or Intensive Outpatient Program. The average length of involvement is for twelve to twenty weeks or sessions although members can continue for longer periods of time when needed. 
Early Intervention Services for adolescents and their parents. This program is intended for 13-17 year old adolescents who have experimented with alcohol, marijuana, or other illicit drugs. An individual who meets the eligibility requirements, along with a parent or guardian will attend an Intake session with a counselor. The participant is enrolled in group sessions which meet for 2 hours once a week for five weeks. The parents also attend sessions to help with parenting skills related to adolescent development and concerns.
The Men’s Recovery Group meets weekly at the Eaton County Jail. The average length of involvement is for twelve weeks or sessions although members can continue for longer periods of time when needed. The group is designed for a male jail population and utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to intervene with criminal conduct. It also focuses on the development of pro-social behaviors, recovery skills, and relapse prevention skills.
The Women’s Recovery Group meets weekly at the Eaton County Jail. The average length of involvement is for twelve weeks or sessions although members can continue for longer periods of time when needed. The group is designed for a female jail population, and combines substance abuse education with the development of skills for living that are specific to women.
The Life Balance Group meets weekly. This group also includes an opportunity to participate in auricular acupuncture of meditation.  The average length of involvement is for twelve to twenty weeks or sessions although members can continue for longer periods of time when needed. The group is designed to develop skills to balance life’s demands.  This group is largely skill-based and focuses on relaxation and coping.
This group meets weekly.  The average length of involvement is for twelve to twenty weeks or sessions although members can continue for longer periods of time when needed. The group is designed to address thinking errors and enhance cognitive thinking skills.  In this group, you will learn to take a closer look at your thoughts and how those affect behavior.
The Intensive Outpatient Program meets three times weekly. It is the most intensive level of care that is provided by EBH. The average length of involvement is for four to six weeks or eight to twelve sessions. The group is designed to be a primary outpatient treatment program for adults. The sessions incorporate education about substance dependence, recovery skills, and relapse prevention strategies. The education sessions, group-counseling sessions, and individual sessions are the modalities that compose the program.

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care is an initiative that understands addiction as a chronic problem rather than an acute one.  This means that individuals are more successful at long-term recovery when they are offered long-term support. It also recognizes many pathways to recovery, meaning there is no one right way to      recover. With options, individuals can be more successful. Our program understands that one way to offer long-term, friendly support is through mentors or coaches.

Our Peer Supports use evidence-based time-proven strategies that significantly and positively impact a participant’s health by increasing retention rates, resulting in more treatment completions. These strategies also contribute to a lower rate of recidivism and fewer readmissions for detoxification and residential services.

Peer Lifestyle Coaches are at the heart of our Peer Support Services. Each coach is selected and trained by Eaton Behavioral Health and the Program Facilitator to ensure that the highest   professional, confidential and ethical standards are maintained. Peer Lifestyle Coaches provide recovery support, resources, guidance and insight for individuals while they are waiting for admission, during treatment and after treatment is complete. Every effort will be made to provide choices for program participants that enable them to reach their individual goals.

First and foremost, your Peer Lifestyle Coach is there to help you become motivated and skilled at recovery. This can mean meeting one-on-one to identify recovery goals or calling your Peer    Lifestyle Coach when things get tough. Support services will include a wide variety of techniques for helping to support your recovery.

Some services we provide are:

  • Coping skills
  • Refusal skills
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Meditation
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Stress management skills
  • Acupuncture
  • Ear beads

Beyond providing hands-on support, Peer Support Services assists participants in reducing barriers to accessing the care that they need. This means we connect you with services you might not know exist in your own community. Some examples of referrals are:

  • Mutual-aid and support groups
  • Transportation assistance
  • Health Care assistance
  • Housing/shelter assistance
  • Food and clothing referrals
  • Continuing education referrals
  • Community service opportunities
  • Legal assistance referrals
  • Identification documentation assistance
  • Employment assistance

The Eaton Behavioral Health (EBH) Choices Program is an early intervention program funded through the Eaton County Juvenile Justice Millage and Mid-State Health Network.  It is provided through a   cooperative arrangement between EBH & Eaton Regional Education Service     Agency. This program is intended for adolescents who have experimented with alcohol, or other illicit drugs.  A $10 charge for materials is the only cost for the Choices Program. Referrals come from schools, probation, family members, and self-referred.  

An adolescent is eligible for this program if they meet these qualifications:

  • Lives in Eaton County
  • 13—17 years old or is in high school
  • Experimented with alcohol, other illicit drugs, or prescription and over-the-counter medications


How does the Choices program work?

  • The Choices program consists of the Youth Education Series and the Parent Forum Sessions
  • An individual who meets the eligibility requirements will be scheduled for an intake session with a counselor at Eaton Behavioral Health.  A parent or caregiver is required to accompany the youth to the intake session. 
  • Once the intake process is complete, the participants are enrolled in the next available Choices group session. 
  • Each group meets for 2-hour sessions for five weeks. 
  • The parent will attend the parent forum at the same time.


 Youth Education Series:

  • Along with the group work, the participant will receive a youth workbook and a family workbook for parents to follow what their children are learning.

Parent Forum Sessions:

  • The parent forum is provided by the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA)/Prevention Program Services (RESA/PPS).  The parent session is scheduled to correspond to the youth sessions and involvement of at least one parent/caregiver is required.

Session topics include:

  • Teen development, risk factors, and protective factors.
  • Family meetings, parenting styles, making decisions, solving family problems.
  • Refusal skills and supervision that maintains strong family bonds.
  • Changes: What changing means and skills for changing.
  • Responsibility: Whom do you count on and who counts on you?
  • Plan for success: What is your alternative route?