Benilde Hall is a unique program offering housing, substance abuse treatment, and treatment for mental illness to homeless adult men all in one single facility.
In 2018 upon entering the program:
- All were homeless
- All had struggled with addiction
- 46% had legal problems
- 62% were veterans
- 65% were suffering from mental illness
In 2018, 54% of clients entering the Benilde Hall program had the dual diagnosis of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. Of the 381 men served between the Benilde Hall main campus and the Benilde Hall Safe Haven, 261 or 69% of them were Veterans.
The Therapeutic Community of Benilde Hall
2018 Services provided at the Benilde Hall Main Campus included:
Housing – Transitional housing services for 65 men and long-term independent housing for 12 men.
Substance Abuse Treatment – All residents must participate in a recovery program that includes group counseling, community groups, individual counseling and community service.
Services for Persons with Co-existing Disorders – On-site psychological services & psychiatric services for clients with a dual-diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness.
Medical Assessment & Education – On-site HIV testing and health literacy education groups.
Case Management – Depending on the unique needs the resident. They may receive additional services to include: employment counseling, independent living skills, recreation activities, legal advocacy & referrals, transportation, spirituality, financial counseling, family counseling, and referrals to community self-help groups.
Supportive housing & treatment services were provided to 450 men, women, and children across all programs. This increase is due to our expansion of VA Emergency Beds and the addition of a permanent supportive housing grant specifically for veterans.
Individual substance abuse counseling provided 2,451 hours to our clients. Five hundred twenty-two hours (542) of psychotherapy and 131 hours of psychiatric services were also provided.
Benilde Hall provided 11,501 units of group counseling for substance abuse treatment. For mental health treatment, 4,830 units of Dialectic Behavior Therapy and 792 units of Seeking Safety were provided. Health literacy and HIV educational groups provided a total of 1,027 units.
To be successfully discharged from Benilde Hall, clients must be abstinent, have stable income, and move to stable housing. In 2018, seventy-three percent (73%) of the clients were successfully discharged from the Benilde Hall Program. This is a 4% increase of the discharge success rate from 2014. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the clients improved mental health and 89% decreased crime involvement and increased social connectedness.
Clients going through the program build a sense of community support through giving back. This year our clients contributed to 5,496 hours of services to the community.
Benilde Services, a compensated work program provided employment opportunities to the men of Benilde Hall. The program provides lawn care, nursery & landscaping, painting, snow removal, and repair services. Benilde Services mowed and maintained over 500 city lots in 2018.
Benilde Hall’s community partners include Kansas City Kansas Community College, UMKC, Metropolitan Community Colleges, and Avila University to provide field placement practicum for students in the fields of social work, psychology, and substance abuse and addictions. Under staff supervision, student interns provide counseling services and facilitate groups. The contribution this year in donated time by student interns was approximately 1500 hours.