Opening A New Treatment Center. What you need to know?

I have seen several treatment centers open, admit many clients, but then shortly after fail an audit and/or close their doors due to unethical practices. So opening a new treatment center can be a challenge and you may need some help.
Dani La Barrie,LCSW,QS,CAP

SFYB Senior Author Dani LaBarrie 

Though treatment centers are a lucrative business, it must still provide medical and quality care. Owning and operating a treatment center is not an easy venture but can be very rewarding.
So what does it take to maintain and open a new treatment center while morphing into a successful practice? I can help. Let’s look at the basics.

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Opening A New Treatment Center

  • Appropriate licensing: State of Florida Department of Children and Families provides the licensure to own and operate a treatment center. It’s important to be familiar with Chapter 65D-30, Florida statutes, laws, and the governing bodies of your state and county.
  • Qualified Staff: make sure you have gathered a team of qualified professionals (therapists, technicians, etc). The staff you hire should have qualifications in the industry you are looking to open a business in (for example, hiring licensed mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and addictions professionals).
  • Quality Assurance Protocols: Building a lucrative practice means building an ethical practice as well. Quality assurance protocols will help service delivery, create and maintain an organizational structure, payment reimbursement, and ensure you meet state and federal guidelines and laws.
  • Location is key. A treatment center should provide a nurturing, safe environment to the clients but also be accessible. Keep in mind, you’ll want a place that encourages confidentiality — so having an office in a busy shopping center with high traffic might need to be reconsidered. Make sure when you are thinking of a place to rent, or buy, that you also consider ancillary services provided (other therapies and services besides group and individual therapy). You’ll want to choose a place that will meet your current needs as well as future growth.
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Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed treatment centers failing because they did not create a business plan, thorough organizational chart/infrastructure, and a quality assurance program. Another obstacle has been the lack of collaborating and coordinating. Collaboration is important for success!
To learn more about best practices approach, visit www.samhsa.gov.⏺If you need some help just use the email ICON in my bio below to reach out or click here for more about me.

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Dani La Barrie,LCSW,QS,CAP
Chief Executive Officer at Affinity Treatment Solutions, Inc.
Danielle “Dani” La Barrie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University. Ms. La Barrie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida.

She has worked as a mental health therapist in the Department of Juvenile Justice System in Broward County, as a school-based therapist in the Florida Keys, as an in-home family therapist providing intensive therapy to at-risk youths, and as a clinical director of substance abuse treatment centers.

Danielle has fulfilled the role of clinical director at multiple substance abuse treatment centers that provide partial hospitalization programming with community housing, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare services. She has significant experience with clients who suffer from substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders, dual diagnoses, personality disorders, addictive behaviors, and codependency.

Assisting in other start-up treatment centers, helping to build programs from the ground up, as well as being hired to improve programs that were running inefficiently has provided Danielle the knowledge and skill set to open a treatment center. Allowing her to branch out and utilize what she has learned to do (and not do) in order to have a successful center that also assists clients in being the best they can be. Let me help you today!

Many thanks to Robert Henslee and Stop Frying Your brain you guys totally rock !!
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