Empowerment clinic has three transitional houses. Two of which are culturally specific serving African-American and Latino males and females in Northeast Portland. We also have a transitional house in Hillsboro.
Each of our transitional homes houses up to 10 individuals and is attached to level 2.1 Intensive Outpatient services.
In our culturally specific facilities, Residents learn about culturally relevant treatment concepts created by people of color. These include such subjects as Race, the Power of an Illusion & The United Independent Compensatory/Code/System Concept, A compensatory counter-racist code.
Goals of IOT programs vary based on such factors as the treatment population, program comprehensiveness, and the program’s philosophy. Empowerment Clinics IOT programs attempt to address the following general goals:
To achieve abstinence
To foster behavioral changes that support abstinence and a new lifestyle
To facilitate active participation in community-based support systems (e.g., 12-Step fellowship)
To assist clients in identifying and addressing a wide range of psychosocial problems (e.g., housing, employment, adherence to probation requirements)
To assist clients in developing a positive support network
To improve clients’ problemsolving skills and coping strategies
Intensity of Treatment
Relative to traditional outpatient treatment, IOT provides an increased frequency of contact and services that respond to the chronicity and severity of substance use disorders and other problems experienced by clients. The actual number of hours and days per week that clients participate in IOT varies depending on individual client needs. ASAM defines IOT as 10 to 20 hours of treatment per week for adults (Mee Lee, 2001).
Michael Shiron Braxton
Empowerment Clinic Inc.