Here’s Help, Inc., a pioneer in treating drug-addicted youth, opened its doors in 1968
It has evolved into South Florida’s premiere facility, providing both residential and outpatient therapies for young adults ages 13 and older, who are experiencing minimal to moderate substance abuse and mental health disorders. We are firmly committed to the concept that if a person is chemically dependent, he or she can, with compassionate and professional help, learn to live a productive and responsible drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Eclectic services are provided at our residential treatment facility in Opa-Locka and the outpatient care center in South Miami-Dade.
Upon program admission, our team of highly qualified specialists develop an individualized treatment plan for each client, which may include individual and group therapy goals, vocational objectives, family counseling, music and art therapy interventions, case management, referral options, relapse prevention, continuing care counseling, emergency services, and a foundation in a 12-step or other support system. Treatment tracks are delivered in four-to-six months and are managed by 33 full-time and four part-time employees serving 800 clients annually.
Recognizing our tremendous contribution to the field of chemical dependency, we’ve received funding from the Department of Children and Families since our inception, and have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for 11 years. During FY 2006-07, more than 75 percent of our clients completed 80 percent of their treatment plan goals. Legendary success for Here’s Help is attributed to designing every phase of our program with a thorough understanding of the needs of our clients.
For our residential program, we’ve expended considerable financial resources to construct a creative learning environment housed in a state-of-the-art facility inclusive of semi-private dorms, a music and art therapy center, computer technology center, culinary arts program, tattoo removal services, fitness center, recreational field, media and entertainment auditorium, and a cafeteria accommodating up to 75 clients. Our computer technology center is directly linked with Miami-Dade County Public School’s curriculum facilitating educational enhancements. Program participation requires that adolescents attend daily core educational classes and encourages young adults to complete their GED.
Pursuing a career of dedicated service, John J. Kross, Jr., Here’s Help, Inc. CEO and Board of Directors member, has been directly involved in the development of the agency for more than 38 years, utilizing his notoriety as one of South Florida’s most recognized on-air personalities (A.K.A. “Footy” of WHYI Y-100.7 & WIOD Newsradio 610, Clear Channel Communications) to promote and improve service delivery systems. The relational dynamics of staff and program sponsors is directly attributable to the evolution of Here’s Help, Inc. as an exemplary treatment facility recently awarded by the Department of Children and Families as 1st Place statewide for its highly innovative and successful interventions.