General program admission criteria

Magnolia Center is an elite and integrated, behavioral health, wellness & recovery provider, delivering services within a trauma informed environment of care to those in need of hope, healing and recovery.

The modality of care is outpatient and the level of care (for substance abuse services) is provided within a continuum as prescribed by The American Society of Addiction’s Medicine (ASAM) Level II Intensive Outpatient through Level I-Outpatient Services Located in Charleston, South Carolina-Magnolia Center offers comprehensive and cost effective treatment services to Clients who require intervention, education and therapeutic care due to:

  • Regulatory Intervention of an impaired professional’s practice license
  • Completing a higher level of care (Levels IV Inpatient -III.7 Residential Treatment and requiring a ‘step down’ for stabilization and a continuum of care)
  • Relapse at a lower level of care
  • Inability to maintain abstinence at a lower level of care
  • Legal\Criminal Justice Interventions (Criminal Domestic Violence, Probation\Parole Condition)

Substance abuse programs

Magnolia Center specializes in treating clients within a full outpatient continuum of care for a wide variety of diagnoses, including those who have failed to benefit from other less restrictive or lengthy forms of treatment (i.e.-Chronic Relapse or low motivation for readiness to change), and clients who are in need of specialized services to address abuse trauma\ issues, or specialized educational\interventional needs.

Clients may exhibit co-occurring diagnoses such as: Bi-Polar Disorder, Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD,ADHD & ADD. Additionally, they must have primary diagnoses of substance abuse/dependence to be served within this department. Clients who may be excluded from this service are:

  1. Full Scale IQ less than 75
  2. Psychotic disorder
  3. Thought Disorders
  4. Personality disorders that may interfere with a group therapy process.

The length of treatment is variable and is dependent on the level of impairment and the client’s motivation to work on treatment goals. In general, clients can spend about six (6) – nine (9) months in the full continuum of services. Magnolia Center utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. A Licensed Addictions Counselor provides clinical supervision and oversight to all related staff and client services.

A Psychiatrist, Primary Care Physician\Extender and Registered Nurse are integrated into the team through contract or consultation. Integrated health care is incorporated within the Person-Centered Plan and in coordination with the medical services and wellness departments.

Intervention Services

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Pre-Treatment Group.

Primary substance use disorder treatment services

  • Assessment & Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Intensive Outpatient & Traditional Outpatient Program (ASAM II.I-I.0).
  • Trauma Touch Therapy
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Aftercare Group
  • Relapse Prevention Group
  • Activity & Experiential based therapies
  • Wellness and Community Integration programming.

Admissions criteria: substance abuse program

Magnolia Center accepts referrals in need of outpatient substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, education\intervention and\or treatment services. American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM-PPC) will serve as the guidelines for screening, admission, continued stay and discharge criteria. Magnolia Center will utilize an ASAM guided continuum of care ranging from II.I-I.0 clinical services. Magnolia Center cannot accept clients who are actively psychotic, non-ambulatory, or currently in imminent danger to themselves or others. Some personality disorders may not be responsive to the group process and be considered exclusive. Additionally, the Client must be found, by evaluation of Program staff, to be capable of benefiting from the therapeutic services provided.

Spiritual exploration & formation services:

As clients inquire and enter into the various service arrays, an additional resource for hope, healing and restoration will be made available. A licensed pastor and trained pastoral team will be available to provide spiritual exploration, formation, and pastoral counseling services.

Mental health services

A service continuum will be provided for adult mental health services. This can include diagnostic assessment, medication management and a variety of individual, group and family & other ancillary\experiential programs and services.

All clients receiving mental health or substance abuse intervention and\or treatment services will have an individualized (Person Centered) treatment plan formulated and implemented by the Program’s treatment team (with involvement of the Client, family and other stakeholders, as appropriate). Upon admission, an initial plan of care will be formulated and implemented. The Program will then begin the assessment process, which may include a psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial assessment, SASSI, nursing assessment, thorough health and medical work up and education\vocational evaluation. When indicated-other assessments may be ordered, such as psychological evaluations, neurological assessments, nutritional assessments, speech evaluations etc..; Magnolia Center believes the family must be involved in a Client’s treatment and expects such involvement during treatment. We encourage and support family involvement by inviting and attempting to engage the family throughout the treatment process. For clients with children and adolescents, we provide parents special assistance by holding and\or coordinating access to parent support groups, parent skill training workshops and education in child and adolescent development.

Primary treatment components

  • Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • Case management
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Crisis Management
  • Life Skill Development
  • Individual\Group Counseling
  • Symptom Management
  • Family Counseling (as indicated).
  • Recreational Therapy (as indicated).
  • Educational Support (as indicated).
  • Social Skills Training (as indicated).
  • Activity and Adventure Programming (as indicated).
  • Parent/Child Groups (as indicated).
  • Yoga, massage, horticulture and equine therapy.

Primary therapeutic approaches will utilize evidenced based practices (DBT, EMDR) within a trauma informed environment of care. Cognitive\Behavioral Therapy, experiential learning, and adaptive skills learning, including a strong educational component to enhance learning and to improve skill acquisition.

Admissions criteria: mental health services

Magnolia Center accepts referrals in need of outpatient, co- occurring mental health treatment services when accompanied by a Substance Use Disorder. Anxiety, PTSD, depression, eating disorders and physical\spiritual exhaustion are typical presenting problems for admission. Clients must be stabilized from all substance use intoxication\withdrawal, may not be actively suicidal and be voluntarily willing to enter services.

Admission procedure

The admission process begins by self, family, a referring authority, provider or other professional.

An initial inquiry can lead to a brief clinical screening to determine client need and compatibility to Magnolia Center services. An initial assessment will follow. Also, an initial assessment can be scheduled without the use of screening if a referral source can validate that a client will benefit from the service offerings.

Assessments can be performed six days per week-Monday through Saturday with scheduling preferences accommodated to help expedite timing and need.


  • Precision guided Behavioral Health-Diagnostic Assessments. Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Evaluation (where clinically indicated).
  • Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services.
  • Family Counseling
  • Massage Therapy
  • Trauma Touch Therapy®
  • Coordination of Medication Assisted Treatment & Medication Maintenance Treatment (where clinically indicated).
  • Coordination of Primary Care, Health\Medical and Medication interventions, education and monitoring.
  • Wellness services-nutrition education, massage, experiential and adventure-based therapy.
  • Group & Individual Therapy\education.
  • Relapse Prevention-Basic and Advanced utilizing the Gorski-CENAPS model. Design and integration of support systems that enhance wellness and recovery efforts.
  • Coping and Life Skills development.
  • Spiritual Exploration and Formation Counseling.

We are pleased to be an In-Network provider for members of Aetna, Blue Cross\Blue Shield South Carolina Health Plans and the Companion Benefit Alternatives Plan. Ask us about other health care affiliated plans as we continue to expand our network presence!