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Lois E. Jackson Unit


Facing Change Together

Located in the mountains of Western Maryland, The Lois E. Jackson Unit is a licensed residential adolescent addiction treatment program offering a high quality comprehensive and confidential continuum of care.  We specialize in treating all forms of substance abuse and focus on helping clients and their families find solutions to the complex issues associated with addiction.

The Jackson Unit is operated by the Allegany County Health Department, and has been helping adolescents since 1980.  A team of dedicated and experienced staff provide a professional yet personal touch to ensure that clients receive the necessary individualized treatment they need to facilitate growth and recovery in a warm and friendly environment.

We Believe That Recovery is Possible

Created as one of the first residential adolescent treatment programs in the United States, the Jackson Unit was founded on the belief that an early intervention was necessary in order to break the cycle of addiction and treat the gamut of harmful consequences and issues related to teenage chemical dependency.  Offering a holistic 60-day approach, our clinical team addresses issues such as past trauma, co-occurring disorders, and family discord.

In order to determine a client’s appropriate level of care, the Jackson Unit evaluates candidates using the American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM-PPC)

The Jackson Unit accepts most insurance plans, including Maryland Medicaid.  Fees are assessed via the Maryland sliding fee scale.

Adolescents are accepted from throughout the state of Maryland. 
For questions, referrals, or admissions information please contact us at:  301-777-2352.

Clinical Services Offered

The Jackson Unit provides a wide range of clinical services to include:
          *Direct Counseling Services- (individual, family and group)
          *Psychiatric Evaluation and Follow-up visits with psychiatrist
          *AA/NA Fellowship Meetings
          *Extensive Drug/Alcohol Education
          *Social and Life Skills Training
          *Comprehensive Aftercare Planning
          *Family Education Group
          *Trauma Counseling
          *Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Counseling
          *Gambling Assessment/Counseling
          *Nicotine Cessation Counseling/Education

Multi-Faceted School Program

The Lois E. Jackson Unit’s educational staff consists of two teachers who are certified and licensed through the Maryland State Department of Education, and three instructional assistants.  The goal of the Jackson Unit’s educational program is to tailor a Personal Educational Program (P.E.P.) for each client’s specific educational needs.  The client’s P.E.P. is geared toward personal educational strengths and needs, enabling success in the classroom.  The educational program focuses on credit recovery, special education accommodations, vocational courses, Summer School, and online courses (through select counties) to help clients get back on track for graduation.

The Jackson Unit also supports alternative educational components such as the National External Diploma Program, college courses (online), and preparing clients academically to sit for the G.E.D. exam.  Eligible clients will be registered and transported to and from the G.E.D. testing site by Jackson Unit staff/teachers.

Our Treatment Team

The Jackson Unit employs quality staff members who are highly skilled and dedicated to the treatment of adolescent addiction. 
          *Licensed and Professional Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors
          *Certified Addictions Counselors
          *Nursing Personnel
          *Certified Teachers
          *Peer Specialists
          *Community Health Outreach Workers

Supporting Body, Mind, and Spirit

In an effort to promote healthy alternatives to using substances, clients are exposed to and encouraged to participate in a variety of recreational activities.  Our facility has a full-sized gymnasium and weight room which offers clients the opportunity to re-charge and have fun.  Recreational off-site activities are planned regularly.  A daily fitness program is emphasized as part of our treatment regimen.  The mountains of Western Maryland offer a variety of recreational opportunities.

Often clients overlook their medical needs while in the throes of active substance use.  Clients at the Jackson Unit are given the best possible comprehensive medical care to include:
          *Medical Screening/Follow-up
          *Dental Services
          *Health Education (i.e. HIV, nutrition, and the harmful effects of smoking)
          *AIDS Risk Reduction Counseling
          *Detoxification Services

For More Information

To learn more about adolescent addictions, visit the following web sites:

          *National Institute for Drug Abuse- http://www.nida.nih.gov/
          *Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-  http://www.samsha.gov/

For referrals or more information about the Jackson Unit, please call: 301-777-2353. 
We will be glad to answer your questions and offer assistance in the referral process.


Allegany County Health Department
12501-12503 Willowbrook Road
PO Box 1745
Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745
(301) 759-5000
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