Crozer First Step

New Treatment Center to help residents

struggling with addiction

Delaware County Council joined Crozer-Keystone on Feb. 8 to announce the opening of First Steps Treatment Center, a 52-bed center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center dedicated to addressing the detoxification and rehabilitation needs of overdose victims and residents suffering from addiction. The Treatment Center was supported by almost a million dollars in funding from Delaware County Council.

From left: Delaware County Executive Director Marianne Grace, Councilman John McBlain
Crozer-Keystone’s Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Kevin Caputo, Councilman Mike Culp and Councilman John McBlain.

With Generous Support from Delaware County,
Crozer-Keystone Opens First Steps Detox and Rehabilitation Unit

Supported by more than $940,000 in funding from Delaware County Council, Crozer-Keystone Health System will soon launch the First Steps Treatment Center, a 52-bed center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland dedicated to comprehensively addressing the detoxification and rehabilitation needs of men and women in Delaware County and the region. 

First Steps Treatment Center will provide both short-term detoxification and long-term inpatient rehabilitative services to those suffering from addiction. Patients will benefit from comprehensive, 24-hour medical services and will have the ability to access extensive resources within Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County’s largest hospital, and the entire Crozer-Keystone Health System. The unit will be located in the Medical Center’s East Wing and will feature renovated patient rooms as well as a range of patient-centered amenities. 

The Treatment Center was supported by almost a million dollars in funding from Delaware County.  This was made possible by an allocation from the county’s Office of Behavioral Health/Division of Drug and Alcohol and the county’s reinvestment funds. No general fund dollars were used.

“The ongoing national addiction epidemic has reached and ravaged families of all backgrounds and economic classes in Delaware County and throughout the region,” said Patrick Gavin, CEO of Crozer-Keystone.  “As a leader and pioneer in behavioral health, the Crozer-Keystone team is proud to introduce First Steps Treatment Center, a new resource that we hope will help many people to overcome their addictions and find better health.”

The opening of First Steps Treatment Center is a natural progression for a health system that is a regional leader in behavioral health, substance abuse and addiction care. Crozer-Keystone’s psychiatrists, counselors, social workers and more have been caring for men and women for decades on an outpatient basis. In 2016, the health system was designated a Center of Excellence for opioid abuse treatment by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Crozer-Chester Medical Center has an abundance of experience and expertise caring for mothers and children with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

The center also represents continued efforts by Delaware County in its ongoing fight against substance abuse and addiction. Delaware County Council and District Attorney Jack Whelan formed the Heroin Task Force in 2012 to address the heroin epidemic. In 2016, County Council launched the Delaware County Certified Recovery Specialist Program, which connects men and women who have overdosed to treatment and resources. Three Recovery Specialists, managed by Crozer-Keystone are available to assist residents around the clock.

“We have been aggressively fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic since 2012 when our medical examiner first reported an increase in heroin deaths,” said Delaware County Councilman Dave White. “Our Heroin Task Force works each and every day to help prevent addiction, saves lives and get residents into recovery. We are hopeful that our partnership with Crozer in opening this treatment center will save lives and get residents back on track to leading healthy and fulfilling lives.”

First Steps Treatment Center will include four levels of care as defined by the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria: inpatient hospital detoxification (10 beds), inpatient hospital treatment and rehabilitation (10 beds), inpatient nonhospital short-term detoxification (12 beds); and inpatient non-hospital residential treatment and rehabilitation (20 beds). The unit will offer integrated treatment to serve populations who are at a high risk of overdose or who have experienced a recent overdose; IV drug users, pregnant females; and individuals that have struggled with chronic relapse, including individuals with chronic medical and mental health complications.

 “We are extremely proud of our experienced, caring team, and they have worked hard to bring First Steps Treatment Center to our community,” said  Kevin Caputo, M.D., chairman of Psychiatry and Vice President for Behavioral Health for Crozer-Keystone. “We look forward to bringing these much-needed services in our unique hospital-based setting to the people of Delaware County and beyond.”

Patients will be offered all services required to recover from substance abuse, mental health, and medical conditions beyond their addiction that interfere with recovery and set patients up for relapse. This may include convenient consultations to nutrition/dietary professionals; internal medicine physicians; subspecialists in such disciplines as pulmonary, cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, infectious diseases and neurology; surgeons; OB/GYNs; and psychiatrists.  

The therapeutic services offered to First Steps Treatment Center patients will follow a trauma-informed approach to provide a safe environment for patients. Clinicians would utilize evidenced based practices, such as Integrated Illness Management and Recovery (I-IMR); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and Dialectical behavioral Therapy (DBT). 

Caputo emphasizes that participation in treatment is voluntary and family-focused. “We are dedicated to taking care of the addiction process as it affects the entire family.”

The First Steps Treatment Center accepts most insurance plans, and offers payment arrangements for self-pay patients, as well. For more information, call 1-877-CK-STEPS (1-877-257-8377) or visit crozerkeystone.org/firststeps.