Emergence Health Network now offers more options when it comes to meeting the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of the El Paso community. Alternatives Centre began operating in El Paso in 1995 and is now part of EHN’s system of care. The programs at Alternatives at EHN are offered to adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and other problems that impact an individuals work, family or daily functioning. This includes BIPP/family violence, substance abuse, parenting challenges and anger issues. Many of the programs at Alternatives at EHN also satisfy court-mandated attendance.
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Alternatives at EHN provides an individual with the care of a residential treatment program but allows the clients to spend evenings at home. This is beneficial for people who are dealing with problems too severe to be managed in outpatient therapy alone. The program involves a longer treatment visit (usually several hours) than what is typically offered in a doctor’s or therapist’s office. The controlled environment is often a useful step down transition from acute inpatient care or as an alternative to inpatient treatment. PHP is available at Alternatives for Dual Diagnosis for individuals dealing with chemical dependency and/or mental health issues.
Alternatives at EHN offers an Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals who need a structured setting to work towards overcoming mental health, behavioral health, and/or a substance use disorder but who do not need the more intensive care offered in the partial hospitalization program. However, the IOP provides a more structured therapeutic setting than what is typically offered in a traditional outpatient setting. The IOP allows the staffs to help clients several times a week for several hours during the day.
The BIPP/Family Violence Program at Alternatives at EHN is certified as a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Battering Intervention and Prevention Provider (BIPP) and is one of only three programs in El Paso accredited by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division. This program focuses on guiding the individual who is abusive to learn how to manage their anger and violent behavior and realize that the use of power and control over another individual can result in verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. In the program, they will learn how to interact without the use of violence and learn to identify and cope with situations and behaviors that trigger abuse.
This program is based upon the Anderson and Anderson Model of Domestic Violence Intervention. Groups are in English and Spanish are separate for men and women.
The program meets the requirements for court-ordered BIPP/Family Violence treatment and a certificate of completion is provided at the end of the program.
Wednesday 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday 8 am- 10 am and 10 am – 12 pm
The Anger management program at Alternatives at EHN utilizes the Anderson and Anderson “Gaining Control of Ourselves” model as the curriculum. All facilitators are certified in Anger Management Counseling. A certificate of completion is provided upon successful completion of the program. The Alternatives at EHN Anger Management Program meets the requirement of court ordered management groups.
The Parenting Education Program offered at Alternatives at EHN is for parents of children of any age and utilizes the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) program of parenting skill training. STEP is a multicomponent parenting education curriculum that helps parents learn effective ways to relate to their children from birth through adolescence. It also teaches parents how to identify the purposes of children’s behavior and how to encourage cooperative behavior in their children, along with how not to reinforce unacceptable behaviors. STEP provides parents with the skills needed to change dysfunctional and destructive relationship with their children. The parenting classes satisfy court mandated parenting training.
The chemical dependency treatment programs at Alternatives at EHN are designed to help individuals receive help while remaining gainfully employed. The staff works closely with employers, EAP’s, and probation officers to ensure the client is meeting terms of employers and/or probation officers while on the road to recovery. Upon successfully completing the programs below, the client will be given a certificate.
Partial Hospitalization Program: As part of the chemical dependency services at Alternatives at EHN, we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for individuals seeking help for their substance abuse/mental health dual diagnosis. The PHP provides an individual with the care of a residential treatment program but allows the client to spend evenings at home. This is beneficial for people dealing with problems too severe to be managed in outpatient therapy alone. The program involves a longer treatment visit, usually several hours a day, than what is typically offered in a doctor’s or therapist’s office. The controlled environment is often a useful step down transition from acute inpatient care or an alternative to inpatient treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Program: The Intensive Outpatient program is offered to clients who need a more structured environment to work towards overcoming mental health, behavioral health and/or a substance use disorder, but who do not need the care offered in the Partial Hospitalization Program. The IOP provides a more controlled therapeutic setting than what is typically offered in a traditional outpatient program. The IOP also allows the staff to help clients several times a week for several hours during the day.
Outpatient Services: Individual Chemical Dependency services are also available once weekly for 6-8 sessions.