DDS – Dual Diagnosis Services

The Dual Diagnosis Unit, or DDS, is a short term acute care unit, founded in 1999, that focuses on serving individuals with both mental illness and substance abuse. The Medical Director is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive substance abuse experience. The Program Director is a Board Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and CARN (Certified Addictions RN) with over twenty years experience in substance abuse. All staff is cross-trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and are encouraged to become addiction certified within their discipline. Educational assistance is provided.

Services – Inpatient psychiatric and chemical addiction treatment, which includes: detoxification, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, education about co-occurring disorders, development of recovery skills in preparation for the client’s reintegration into the community, and establishment of long term treatment and community supports. Each patient’s treatment plan is individually tailored to his or her specific needs.

The program integrates both Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency treatment modalities with evidence based practices, and incorporates Trauma – Informed Treatment with Motivational Enhancement Treatment (MET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

The DDS Intake Coordinator is available to help determine eligibility for the program. All Mass Health Plans are accepted. Treatment contracts are in effect with certain private insurance companies.

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The average length of stay on DDS is 7-10 days. Discharge is considered to be complete when the client has been safely detoxified, their mood has stabilized and solid after-care plans are in place. Approximately 50% of the DDS population continue on into either Structured Outpatient (SOAP) or Intensive Outpatient (IOP).