Our services are made possible through Drug Medi-Cal, a Fresno County RFP award, Minor Consent (Kings County) and other private insurance.
We are always excited to make our services available to all middle and jr. high schools, high schools, alternative education schools and outpatient clinics. Contact Eminence’s main office at (559) 221-8100 to discuss opening an Eminence location at any school site.
Once we are aware of a school district’s interest in opening an Eminence program at their school sites, we schedule a time to meet with the school district or school site leadership team and staff to provide them with information and materials to show them how Eminence can assist adolescents at their sites.
Eminence works closely with all of our sites to ensure a simple and easy transition to make a school an Eminence school. We will take care of all paperwork and requirements, including handling Drug Medi-Cal certification paperwork, setting up a Drug Medi-Cal certification site visit and providing them with our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to make their school an Eminence school.
Our MOU is an agreement between Eminence and the school site(s) to agree upon the scope of services to be provided, to provide information regarding state and federal laws (including confidentiality), identifies the Eminence program concepts, our key program objectives, services we provide in and beyond treatment, our program goals and outcomes, and our school year timeline.
Our Eminence school year timeline provides helpful information as to how our Eminence team partners with and integrates with each school site throughout the school year, including involvement in Red Ribbon Week activities, holiday programs, winter formal, in-service counselor trainings, STAR and CAHSEE testing, senior prom, graduation, and Sober Grad activities.
All we require is a private space for group counseling facilitation to ensure client confidentiality and access to the internet. A private space can often be a classroom to ensure client confidentiality during group counseling sessions or a private workroom or office space large enough to accommodate a counseling group of 2 to 12 adolescent clients. Eminence provides all necessary materials and supplies for group counseling sessions and we bring our own modems and laptops for our counselors’ use for clients to sign-in to group sessions and to complete progress notes.
Eminence can begin providing services immediately. We recognize the unique treatment needs of adolescents with substance abuse disorders and are able to begin the screening and assessment process, as well as group counseling sessions, the first day we open our doors at a new site.
All of our clients qualify based on DSM IV criteria for substance abuse. This means that our clients are using or have used substances within the past 12 months and are experiencing negative consequences as a result of their use. Negative consequences may include, but are not limited to, falling behind academically, acting out behaviorally, experiencing legal consequences, use in situations in which it is physically hazardous, and/or ongoing family or social problems.
Clients are referred through a variety of sources. Referrals may come from parents or guardians, peers, probation officers, social workers, physicians, other counselors, the client’s school, or as a self-referral for treatment. Once a client is referred, an Eminence counselor will meet with the client individually to conduct the eScreening.
The eScreening process helps our Eminence counselors gain knowledge about the client and determine the client’s eligibility for admission to treatment. During the eScreening process, our counselor finds out what substance(s) the client is abusing, the extent of the substance abuse, the client’s reason(s) for substance abuse, and the negative consequences experienced by the client as a result of the client’s substance abuse.
After it is determined that the client qualifies for treatment, the client and counselor meet individually for the client’s intake. During the intake session, the client and counselor meet individually to complete the client intake paperwork. This includes informing the client of their rights as a participant in the program, ensuring client comprehension of confidentiality, providing information to the client regarding the services they will receive, discussing that there are no out of pocket fees for clients, families or schools, and further discussing the client’s substance abuse issues and the impairments in functioning they have experienced as a result of their use. Then, within 30 days of the client’s admission to treatment date, the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and Treatment Plan individual sessions are also held with the client to gain further knowledge about the client and to agree upon the client’s treatment goals.
The Addiction Severity Index is an assessment tool that gains additional information about the client in order to help the counselor work collaboratively with the client in treatment. The ASI collects information regarding the client’s drug and alcohol usage, medical history, employment and educational history, legal status, family history, family and social relationships, mental health concerns, and psychiatric health.
The Treatment Plan is completed by the client and counselor, along with the intake and the ASI, within 30 days of the client’s admission to treatment date and is updated every 90 days or when there is a change in problem identification. The Treatment Plan includes information regarding the impairments or problems that the client experiences as a result of their substance abuse and the goals and methods the client and counselor will use together in treatment to try to alleviate these issues.
Services are provided immediately to the client upon intake. The client will attend group counseling sessions consisting of 2-12 clients from two to five times per week depending on the client’s schedule and treatment needs.
In addition to the Intake, ASI and Treatment Planning sessions, clients may have individual Crisis and Collateral sessions on an as-needed basis.
Crisis sessions are held when an unforeseen event triggers the client to relapse or be in imminent threat of relapse. The Crisis session is held to allow the client and counselor to work together to alleviate the crisis situation to prevent relapse or reduce the risk of further substance use.
Collateral sessions are held between the counselor and a person with a close, personal relationship with the client. Collateral sessions engage the person with a personal relationship to the client in the treatment process. The Collateral session focuses on helping the counselor gain additional knowledge about the client and to help the person with a personal relationship to the client understand and support the client’s treatment plan goals beyond the treatment session.
Each week, every client completes an individual Drug Assessment Log. This Log gathers self-reported substance abuse information from each client regarding the substances they have or have not used within the past seven days, including if they used alone or with others, if they planned on using prior to use and what the triggers for their use were. This allows clients and counselors to track substance usage and treatment progress over time as well as identify and work through any barriers to recovery.
Each day, clients are asked to record a personal Journal Entry in their Client Workbook. This works to support the client’s treatment by assisting clients in orienting their thoughts towards their treatment and recovery efforts, learning to express themselves in written language and encouraging self-reflection.
Yes! In addition to the Eminence treatment program, all Eminence counselors fully integrate into the school sites and communities served. This includes hosting community events to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, coordinating events for Red Ribbon Week, organizing lunch time activities, hosting after-school programs, getting involved in coaching school sports teams, finding field trip opportunities, and much more!
Parents or guardians of Eminence clients are not always aware that their son and/or daughter is receiving substance abuse treatment services. Eminence follows all state and federal laws of confidentiality which requires all adolescent clients 12 years of age or older to sign a written Release of Information form prior to any Eminence counselor being able to disclose to a parent or guardian that an adolescent is receiving substance abuse treatment services. However, Eminence makes every effort to involve parents or guardians in the treatment process and to inform them that the adolescent is receiving some form of school-based counseling.
All participation in the Eminence program is voluntary. Our goal is to assist and encourage all clients to make progress towards their treatment plan goals. If a client has made clinically significant progress towards their treatment plan goals and/or no longer exhibits symptoms of a diagnosable substance abuse disorder under the DSM IV criteria, the client will be discharged from treatment.
During the discharge, the client and counselor reflect on the client’s progress in treatment and develop a plan for a post-treatment support team for the client. Post-treatment support includes referrals for school and/or outpatient counseling, referrals for 12-Step programs, integration into positive peer groups, and support from family members to ensure that clients have a strong support system to help maintain recovery.
Our mission is to reduce individual and community problems related to mental illness, alcohol and drug use.