19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



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Substance Abuse Services

Before a client can be placed in one of our substance abuse treatment programs, a substance abuse assessment must be done.  To schedule an assessment, please call our SA-OP office: (334) 428-5040, Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.

South Central Alabama Mental Health Center, Substance Abuse Services Division, provides a continuum of services for adults who suffer from abuse and dependency to alcohol and other drugs: Court Referral Education Program classes (formerly known as DUI school), Substance Abuse Adult Outpatient Program (SA-OP), and First Step.

Welcoming Policy

South Central Alabama Mental Health, Inc. understands and emphasizes the importance of developing the capability of all programs and all staff to be welcoming and engaging toward all individuals and families in empathic, hopeful relationships that facilitate appropriate identification of needs, access to appropriate assessment and properly matched services.  Within this framework, it is particularly important to welcome and engage those individuals who might ordinarily have difficulty gaining access to services, such as those who have co-occurring mental health and substance use issues or disorders, those who are from diverse cultural and/or linguistic groups, those who are hearing or sight impaired , and those who have associated medical disabilities, all of whom are particularly at high risk for poorer outcomes if not successfully welcomed into care.

All individuals/families and all service settings are not the same.  Consequently, there is no single correct welcoming intervention for individuals/ families.  We recognize and stress the importance for each staff member at each level of care to take responsibility for welcoming and engaging clients and their families, and to match each individual and their families with services that are appropriate to the needs of the individual and their families.  South Central recognizes that the welcoming and engaging atmosphere begins with the first contact, whether it is the individual seeking help or a family member inquiring about services, whether by telephone or a personal visit to our facility.  All staff members are trained at orientation and annually thereafter on the importance of creating a welcoming, hopeful environment for all individuals and their families.

A welcoming atmosphere is essential in engaging individuals and their families with any type of difficulty or combination of difficulties in a culturally appropriate manner and in their preferred language.  This practice is one of the most important contributors to success in any setting.  It involves a proactive stance that conveys empathy and hope, and that reaches out to individuals and families.  One of the most important components of the welcoming practice is elimination of barriers to access.  Welcoming is a practice that is independent of resource availability or program eligibility.  All individuals or families that are identified as having either mental health, substance use, or co-occurring issues or disorders shall be welcomed at South Central Mental Health, Inc.  South Central will not exclude any individual or family from access or assessment based on substance use level, length of sobriety, type of medication, or mental health issue or diagnosis whether or not the individual or their families will be provided continuing services in that setting.

The welcoming response includes the necessity for programs to provide a screening to determine the presence or co-occurring issues, or any other factor that would place the individual in a priority population as defined by the ADMH, at whichever program the individual /family first enters seeking assistance.  If services are not going to be provided at the location where the individual has presented, a staff member will assist in coordinating a smooth and timely transition to the appropriate service provider.  Welcoming includes the recognition that addressing co-occurring  and substance use issues or disorders concurrently, when they exist, results in the most successful and desirable outcomes.  Staff will convey the belief in the possibility of recovery for all individuals and families at all times and will demonstrate a willingness to “start where the individual/family is at” and provide services accordingly. 

Welcoming is a policy requirement and a practice expectation of South Central Alabama Mental Health, Inc., for all levels of administration, program directors and coordinators, service providers and staff members.

Substance Abuse Program Information and Priority List

Adult Outpatient Program
The Montezuma Complex 
205 Academy Drive 
Andalusia, AL  36420 
Phone:  (334) 428-5040   
Fax:  (334) 428-5008 
Website: www.scamhc.org  

First Step Level III.5 Crisis Residential
The Montezuma Complex
205 Academy Drive
Andalusia, AL 36420
Phone:  (334) 428-5002
Fax:  (334) 428-5006
Website: www.scamhc.org

South Central Alabama Mental Health, Inc. will make every effort possible to link the client with the appropriate level of care recommended in the assessment.  We realize there will be times when the level of care indicated is not available.  In these circumstances the assessor will discuss various options of care with the client and his family/significant other and assist in developing a plan that most closely meets the recommendations and provides the best opportunity for the client to begin his recovery process.

Priority Access – Adult Outpatient:

South Central Alabama Mental Health, Inc. prioritizes program admission as follows:

1.  Individual who are pregnant and have intravenous substance use disorders.
2.  Individuals who are pregnant and have substance use disorders.
3.  Individuals who have intravenous substance use disorders.
4.  Women with dependent children.
5.  Individuals who are HIV positive.
6.  All others with substance use disorders.

Since South Central’s Level III.5 (First Step) is an adult male only program, the following priorities will be referred to other Level III.5 state certified programs when the SA Placement Assessment indicates the need for that level of care.

1.  Individuals who are pregnant and have intravenous substance use disorders.
2.  Individuals who are pregnant and have substance use disorders.
4.  Women with dependent children.

First Step Level III.5 will prioritize admissions in the following manner:

3.  Individuals who have intravenous substance use disorders.
5.  Individuals who are HIV positive.
6.  All others with substance use disorders.


South Central  also recognizes individuals with co-occurring disorders, military members and their families, adolescents, American Indian or Alaska Native as priority populations as listed in the ADMH management information system, ASAIS . 

First Step - Click Here for a List of Items to Bring

A Level III.5 clinically managed high intensity residential treatment program.  It serves adult males from the age of 19 years and older.  It is used primarily for stabilization for individuals who meet the criteria for substance dependence.  The length of time a client stays in the residential program is based entirely upon his therapeutic needs but it cannot exceed 21 days.  The program offers services to clients in a setting that provides extensive and intensive therapy and educational serives as well as food and shelter.  The First Step program is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We also have a hotline that may be called 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - 1-877-530-0002.  Please find below the directions to:
 
First Step
Montezuma Complex
205 Academy Drive
Andalusia, AL 36420
Phone: (334) 428-5002
Fax: (334) 428-5006

From Montgomery and Northern Alabama...

Follow I-65 South from Montgomery to Georgiana.  Take exit 114, turn left, go straight until you see 55 South.  Take right until you run into 84 East, turn left at first traffic light.  Go through two traffic lights, at the third light (Wal-Mart SuperCenter on left) turn right onto Sanford Road.  Go approximately 1/2 mile, turn left onto Academy Drive.  Go approximately another 1/2 mile, you will see a building on the left (past the Law Enforcement Training Center).  This is the Montezuma Complex.  Enter through the front double doors and ask the receptionist for First Step.

From Troy...

Follow 331 South to Luverne.  At the traffic light, take a left onto 29 South.  Continue straight on 29 South to Brantley.  At the traffic light in Brantley, take a right continuing on 20 South.  Take 20 South all the way to Andalusia.  At the second traffic light in Andalusia, turn left onto Martin Luther King Expressway.  At the second traffic light (Wal-Mart SuperCenter on left) turn right onto Sanford Road.  Go approximately 1/2 mile, turn left onto Academy Drive.  Go approximately another 1/2 mile, you will see a building on the left (past the Law Enforcement Training Center).  This is the Montezuma Complex.  Enter through the front double doors and ask the receptionist for First Step.

From Dothan...

Follow 84 West to Andalusia.  At the first traffic light (Wal-Mart SuperCenter on right), turn left onto Sanford Road.  Go approximately 1/2 mile, turn left onto Academy Drive.  Go approximately another 1/2 mile, you will see a building on the left (past the Law Enforcement Training Center).  This is the Montezuma Complex.  Enter through the front double doors and ask the receptionist for First Step.

From Evergreen...

Follow 84 East to Andalusia.  Turn left at the first traffic light, this is Martin Luther King Expressway.  At the third traffic light (Wal-Mart SuperCenter on left), turn right onto Sanford Road.  Go approximately 1/2 mile, turn left onto Academy Drive.  Go approximately another 1/2 mile, you will see a building on the left (past the Law Enforcement Training Center).  This is the Montezuma Complex.  Enter through the front double doors and ask the receptionist for First Step.

Substance Abuse Adult Outpatient Program

SA-OP operates under the belief that addiction is a disease and is best treated with a 12-step recovery approach with emphasis on family invovlement.  The program is scheduled on designated days/evenings from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, meeting two or three days/nights per week.

Court Referral Education Program

Classes are offered in all four counties of our catchment area.  Alcohol and other drug related offenses include public intoxication, driving under the influence, possession, distribution, or any other crime the person may have committed while under the influence.  Once the person appears in court, the Judge will refer them to their Court Referral Officer (CRO).  The CRO meets with the client and conducts an evaluation.  This evaluation determines whether the individual needs Level l or Level ll classes, or needs an assessment for substance abuse treatment.  Level l - 12 hour education class which meets 3 hours per night, one night a week for 4 weeks.  Level ll - 24 hour education class which meets 3 hours per night, one night a week for 8 weeks (participants in Level ll are also required to attend 4 AA and/or NA meetings).