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Caron Treatment Centers Announces Semester of Support

Program alleviates the isolation and uncertainty created by the pandemic and strengthens coping skills, responsibility, social skills, and independence

Wernersville, Pa., September 14, 2020 — A 60-year leader in addiction and behavioral healthcare has created a unique solution for vulnerable college students impacted by COVID-19. For young people 18 or older, Caron Treatment Centers is launching a Semester of Support Program at Caron Renaissance in Palm Beach County, Florida. The program is designed to offer a safe space in which students can focus on boosting their emotional and mental health while setting and achieving academic and professional goals.

According to InsideHigherEd.com, hundreds of colleges reversed or altered their reopening plans in recent weeks after taking stock of COVID-19 testing availability, student and faculty safety concerns, state regulations and the worsening public health crisis.

“Our well-established expertise in treating emerging adults can help those struggling during this period of heightened uncertainty. Whether staying at home or living on campus, those vulnerable to substance use and mental health disorders are at an increased risk right now,” said Jonathan Saltzburg, Executive Director of Collegiate Recovery Services. “In normal times, college can trigger feelings of being overwhelmed and lost. Given the last six months of increased isolation, I anticipate that a lot of students will struggle with maintaining the safety pledge and will cope in unhealthy ways in this difficult environment. Therefore, I think we have an opportunity to help more students access the appropriate level of care and support through programs such as these.”

To be considered for the program, which takes place exclusively at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, students must be willing to continue with their education and to work remotely during the day. The program is clinically driven therefore students still need to meet criteria for intensive outpatient level of care. Students in the program will have designated times where they participate in individual and group therapy to address their emotional and mental health needs.

“We understand that what’s happening on campuses related to COVID-19 is a day-to-day situation,” continued Saltzburg. “That is why we will accept young people into the program at any point during the semester. There is no need to wait until the beginning or end of a semester.”

The program includes:

  • Guided exploration of future vocational/ professional choices
  • Expert help to set academic or vocational and personal goals
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Internship/job placements
  • Online classes
  • Optional academic tutoring
  • Resume building
  • Weekly updates by program coaches to keep parents informed on their student’s activities and progress

For more information, visit www.caron.org or call 1-877-920-4849.

About Caron Treatment Centers

Caron Treatment Centers is an internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and addiction medicine education. Headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, our mission is Recovery for Life. For more than 60 years, we have helped thousands of individuals struggling with substance use disorder and their families begin to manage this chronic, treatable disease. Caron provides a continuum of care for teens, young adults, women, men and older adults. Caron’s signature programming provides concierge treatment for executives, healthcare professionals, older adults and first responders. In addition to the Pennsylvania campus, Caron provides services in Palm Beach County, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and New York City. Caron accepts several major insurance plans and provides financial assistance for those who qualify. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment.


Media contact:

Karen Pasternack
Caron Treatment Centers
610-413-6938
kpasternack@caron.org