Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does it cost?
Cost is determined using a sliding scale fee chart. In many cases, there is little
to no cost to the client. In virtually all cases where a client is deemed eligible
for indigent services, that client will not be denied services due to an inability
to pay for services.
What do I need to do to be a residential provider?
We do not contract residential provider, we only contract Foster or Companion Care
providers. Please call IDD Provider Services at 817/569-5600 if you are interested
in becoming a Foster or Companion Care Provider.
Where are these Addiction Services offered?
Adult detox and Intensive Residential services are available at 1501 E. El Paso
St., Fort Worth, TX, 76102. All Adolescent services are available at the Tarrant
Youth Recovery Campus located at 1527 Hemphill St., Ft. Worth, TX, 76104. Adult
outpatient services are available at CATS located at 1300 Nashville, Ft. Worth,
TX, 76104 and at ARC located at 129 Harmon Rd., Hurst, TX 76053.
How long will I have to wait until I can begin treatment?
All of our services are funded by state, federal, and local grants and are, therefore,
subject to constant shifts in funding availability. MHMRTC Addiction Services has
the only detox facility available for 13 surrounding counties and has only 12 beds.
Therefore, while wait times for detox can be as long as 2 weeks, we make every effort
to admit clients as quickly as possible. The adult Intensive Residential facility
currently has 50 funded beds and averages a 3-4 week wait time. Outpatient services
are usually available almost immediately and are a good starting point for those
waiting for inpatient services.
Do you accept Insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare?
We have to handle this on a case-by-case basis because most insurance companies
that pay for substance abuse treatment have many restrictions that often eliminate
their paying for our particular kind of services. Bring us your insurance company’s
name and phone number and we will check it out. Generally, Medicaid can only be
used at the Adolescent treatment campus.
How long does a typical program for substance abuse treatment last?
Because that answer depends on each person’s needs, we can’t say exactly how long
treatment will last. However, in our experience most clients’ programs in supportive
and intensive outpatient treatment run from 12 to 24 weeks, and typically involve
one to four group sessions per week and at least one individual session per month.
Adolescent day treatment typically lasts……. Intensive residential treatment is typically
from 20-30 days in length for adults and may be slightly longer for adolescents.
Adult detoxification is usually 5-7 days in length. The number of sessions (group
or individual) and the length of stay depend on the severity of a given client’s
substance abuse issue. At the initial interview we assess the severity of a person’s
issue so that by the end of that session, people have a good idea about the projected
duration of their treatment. Occasionally, we find that our initial projection does
not meet a client’s needs-- then we simply adjust his/her program by increasing
or decreasing the number of required sessions or length of stay.
How do I get an initial interview and what information should I bring to it?
You simply call our front desk (817-569-4600) and ask for an intake appointment
( for adolescent services, call 817-921-5050). Our friendly office personnel will
work with you to offer an appointment option that’s as convenient for you as possible.
We need for you to bring with you some documentation stating your regular income
(pay stub, W-2 form, last year’s tax return, etc.) so we can assess whether or not
you’re eligible for some type of state funding for your treatment cost. We also
need you to bring some documentation indicating your residence (such as a utility
bill). If you are entering an inpatient program, call the front desk at 817-569-4600
or for adolescents 817-921-5050 to get a list of items that are acceptable to bring.
What does the intake process involve?
In the outpatient programs, an interview is scheduled in which we orient a new client
to our program’s goals and rules. After assessing their substance abuse issues and
desire for change, we work with them to create a treatment plan that defines how
outpatient counseling will help them achieve the desired changes. Then we determine
a schedule for regular group participation, sign a counseling contract, and set
up the first individual appointment.
Can I attend more than one group session per week and shorten the length of my program?
We work that out with clients on an individual basis because it depends on the level
of your need and our counselors’ availability.
Can I make up a missed group session?
All missed group sessions can only be made up during the week your absence occurred,
and you must get your assigned counselor’s approval before attending a group session
for which you were not scheduled in your counseling contract. “Dropping in” on group
sessions unannounced is not permitted.
What does the term dual diagnosis mean?
Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders, refers to an individual who
has a mental health disorder and a substance related disorder that are independent
of each other but that are also intertwined. The period in which a person can be
diagnosed with both a mental health disorder and a substance related disorder is
after that person has completed any chemical withdrawal and has been biologically
free of alcohol/drugs for a sufficient period of time to rule out any possibility
that the chemical(s) the person was using were causing the psychiatric symptoms.
What does the Dual Diagnosis Program provide?
The Dual Diagnosis Program has three therapists with two goals. First, is to promote
an environment in both the Mental Health Clinics and the Addiction Services Units
that facilitates persons with a dual diagnosis completing either addiction treatment
or maintaining compliance with recommendations from the Mental Health Clinics. Secondly,
is to reach out and provide services to those dually diagnosed who are receiving
no addiction or mental health services or those who are in an addiction treatment
program that does not have the resources to provide adjunct dual diagnosis services.
The therapists accomplish these goals by providing screenings, assisting in placements
at appropriate facilities, individual counseling, developing treatment plans with
dual diagnosis specific objectives, and intensive case management strategies.
Where are support groups in the community that are specific to the dually diagnosed
The best type of support group is referred to as “Dual Recovery Anonymous”. Currently,
there are none of these in the community that are known by professionals. The Tarrant
County Dual Diagnosis Coalition is working on developing these groups throughout
the community. However, if the dually diagnosed person is an MHMRTC client, there
are available groups in each of the four adult Mental Health Clinics. Mid-Cities
Clinic – Tuesday – 5:30 pm (for Mid-Cities clients) Central Cities Clinic – Wednesday
– 10:00 am/2 pm (for Central Cities clients) Northwest Clinic – Wednesday – 3:30
pm (for Northwest Clinic clients) Arlington Clinic – Thursday – 9:30 am (for Arlington
Call Addiction Services at (817) 569-4454