Encompass: Treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders

Home Treatment & Wellness Treatment Programs Encompass: Treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
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Encompass is a unique evidence-based, integrated treatment model for adolescents and young adults designed to reduce harmful substance use and improve mental health.

Historically, treatment for mental health and substance use disorders have operated within separate spheres, with clinicians often not having the expertise, training, and knowledge to provide integrated care. Consequently, young people and their families have had difficulty accessing treatment for co-occurring disorders – the combination of one or more mental health disorders and substance misuse/addiction. This has resulted in poorer treatment outcomes.

At CBC, we offer a variety of treatments to treat co-occurring substance misuse/abuse and mental health concerns (ie: CBT, DBT and Encompass).

Encompass is a unique evidence-based, integrated treatment model for adolescents and young adults with co-occurring disorders, developed by Dr. Paula Riggs and her clinical research team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

At CBC, our Encompass treatment team, led by Dr. Leigh Kwasny, has been trained and has received supervision from the creators of Encompass to ensure fidelity, providing you and your family with the highest quality of care.

Treatment Program Overview

Treatment will consist of sixteen weekly out-patient individual sessions, but may also include a family component as clinically indicated to ensure that parents/caregivers have the tools needed to support their teen/young adult during all stages of recovery.

Encompass uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET) to facilitate the acquisition of new skills and coping strategies to reduce harmful substance use and improve mental health. Motivational incentives are used to reinforce abstinence and increase engagement in non-drug pro-social activities to promote a healthy, sustainable substance-free lifestyle.

Who Is This Program For?

Encompass is a good fit for young people who are between twelve and thirty years of age, and:

  • Have co-occurring psychiatric and substance misuse/addiction diagnoses.
  • Have the ability to participate in weekly Encompass therapy.
  • Are not an acute safety risk, actively psychotic, or manic.

What Our Clinical Team Will Provide

  • Comprehensive clinical and diagnostic evaluations for co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders and repeated measures to assess clinical progress, treatment response, and outcomes.
  • Treatment of co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit disorder, trauma, anger, loss, and other mental health challenges.

Support and services for loved ones

Supporting a loved one who is experiencing substance misuse and addiction can be challenging. While Encompass does offer a limited number of family sessions, caregivers and loved ones frequently participate in our Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) program. CRAFT is an evidence-based, skill-building intervention for concerned significant others (CSOs, i.e., parents, family members, caregivers, friends) who have an individual in their life (identified individual) who faces difficulties with substance misuse and addiction, including those with co-occurring mental health challenges. For more information on CRAFT, please click here.

If you would like to refer yourself or a family member, please contact Michele W. Greenberg at mgreenberg@cbc-psychology.com or by calling (914) 385-1150, Option 1.

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Encompass is offered in select community and school-based settings, with clinical consultation provided by Encompass developer Dr. Paula Riggs and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. This is made possible thanks to the award of a Promising Practices grant by WMCHealth to Family Services of Westchester in collaboration with the harris project. Additional support is provided by the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health.


Make an Appointment or a Referral

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral. If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.