Clinical Options Toward Recovery (CORE)

Read the CORE Program’s 2022-2023 Annual Report

Outpatient Integrated Addictions or Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment serving adolescents, adults and families who are affected by substance use or co-occurring substance and mental health disorders.

Treatment Philosophy

The Clinical Options Toward Recovery (CORE) Program’s treatment approach to addictions is holistic in nature, and based on the bio-psychosocial perspective that views substance dependency, co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and co-dependency as disease processes. We recognize that overcoming addiction is not a question of moral fiber or innate will power, but rather reflects a more complex developmental process of education, insight, behavioral change, and more importantly, a commitment to a new way of living. Treatment incorporates a strong emphasis on supportive individual and family psychotherapy. In addition, psycho-education coupled with an equally focused commitment to a 12 Step Philosophy offers individuals a structured environment that is designed to empower them to regain control of their lives. The CORE Program is firmly committed to helping those who suffer from addiction, co-dependency, and co-occurring disorders to achieve stability and abstinence, and to eventually rebuild healthy and fulfilling lives.

CORE is staffed by highly experienced professionals, including Certified Addictions Counselors, Licensed Master Level Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Psychiatrists.

What Services Are Provided?

  • Comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments are performed by experienced Addictions Counselors to determine specific treatment needs.
  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Family, Couples). Professional, confidential counseling is provided for individuals with drug and alcohol related issues and/or mental health disorders.
  • Co-Occurring Disorders. All of the above services are provided for individuals who have co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Monitoring. Psychiatrists are on staff to evaluate the psychiatric needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric Services include prescribing and monitoring medication when appropriate.
  • Our staff provides referrals to a wide range of services in the community.

How Much Does It Cost?

The CORE Program accepts Medical Assistance and many other insurance companies that provide coverage for outpatient substance abuse treatment. If you are a member of an HMO you can find out if you are eligible for services in CORE by calling your insurance company. We offer a sliding fee scale for individuals without insurance coverage.

Who To Call?

For more information or an appointment: Call (610) 279-9270 and ask for a CORE Intake Worker. All inquiries are confidential.

Children’s Case Management

Children’s Case Management Services are provided through various levels of care which include Blended Case Management (BCM), and Administrative Case Management (ACM). These programs are designed to reduce hospitalizations and avoid out of home placements for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse problems. They promote family integration by providing assistance in coordinating appropriate mental health services and facilitating communication among treatment members. In addition, when a child or adolescent is enrolled in Blended Case Management services, he/she is assigned to a specific case manager.

Central Behavioral Health Brochure – Children’s Blended Case Management

BCM Referral Application


Children’s Case Management Services partner with the client and his/her family to coordinate, facilitate, or provide:

  • Family/Community Supports – Income Supports & Entitlements
  • Mental Health Treatment – Socialization/Peer Supports
  • Advocacy – Information & Referrals
  • Crisis Intervention – Physical Healthcare
  • Addressing Housing Needs – 24/7 On Call (Blended only)

For more information about how to connect your child to Case Management Service please call us at 610-277-4600.


Any Montgomery County resident under 21year old and still enrolled in school, living in Central Montgomery County and surrounding communities (Norristown, Conshohocken, Bridgeport, Lafayette Hill, King of Prussia) and being treated for emotional and/or behavioral problems is eligible for this service. Typically, eligible children and adolescents have many systems (Office of Children and Youth (OCY), Juvenile Probation Office (JPO), Special Education programs, Developmentally Disabled) involved and are prone to crisis.


There is no cost to the individual receiving Case Management Services; these programs are funded through federal, state, and county resources. If you have a child or adolescent you would like to refer to our Children’s Case Management program, please call our Child & Young Adult Services office. All calls are confidential.


Child & Young Adult Services

Transition to Independence Process (TIP)

Life is a journey, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you are between the ages of 16 to 26, Central’s TIP Program can help navigate the road towards independence. TIP is an empirically supported model developed to work with young people experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.  TIP works to engage and support young people with the planning process for their future across five transition domains; Educational Opportunities, Living Situation, Employment and Career, Community Life Functioning, and Personal Effectiveness and Wellbeing.

TIP provides a great deal of flexibility and works to engage young people through relationship development, person-centered planning, and a focus on the young person’s future.  Services and supports are tailored to be accessible, appealing, non-stigmatizing, and developmentally appropriate, and will build upon strengths to support the young people in pursuing their goals across the five transition domains.  Personal choice and social responsibility are acknowledged and developed, and personal competencies will be enhanced to support the young people in greater self-sufficiency and confidence.  TIP will work to ensure that a safety net of support to include informal and formal key players in the young person’s life will be in place.  TIP will maintain an outcome focus and will involve young people, parents, and community partners at the practice, program, and community levels.  TIP provides frequent contact with the youth, typically weekly.

Central Behavioral Health Brochure – Transition to Independence Process

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Adolescents and young adults ages 16-26 with emotional and/or behavioral health needs, who have a mental health disorder and medical assistance will be eligible.

Anyone can make a referral on behalf of the young person utilizing the TIP Referral Form.  It is encouraged that the referral be discussed with the young person to ensure that they are interested in exploring TIP services.

TIP works collaboratively with all other key players involved in the young person’s life.  Certain services, including Case Management (Recovery Coaching, BCM, D&A ICM), High Fidelity Wraparound, RTF, Therapeutic Foster Care, Family Based Services, ACT, and MST are considered a duplication of services with TIP.  However, each young person’s needs will be evaluated, and exceptions may be made based on those needs.


Contact Central to get set up with a TIP facilitator at our Child & Young Adult Services office. For your convenience please reference the TIP Facts Sheet and TIP Referral.

MY LIFE MONTCO is a fun and inspiring group for youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with mental health, substance use, foster care, and/or other challenges.

MY LIFE’s monthly events feature inspirational speakers, uplifting entertainment, fun activities, free food and information on a variety of topics important to youth. Check-out the next My Life event Stay at Home with MyLife Event


Child & Young Adult Services

Outpatient Program

Central’s Outpatient program provides therapy services to people of all ages with minimal interference in their daily lives. Offerings include individual, family, and group therapy, as well as medication management. Both in-person and virtual appointments are available depending on the consumer’s needs and comfort level.


  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career/Work Concerns
  • Chronic Pain or Illness
  • Codependency Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Grief and Loss
  • Identity
  • Marital/Couples Concerns
  • Mood Disorders
  • OCD
  • Panic Disorder
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personal Growth
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress


Central offers same day intake assessments to new consumers, giving them the opportunity to receive immediate support. Both virtual and in-person assessments are available to individuals of all ages. Same Day Access hours are available Monday-Friday. Please call the intake department for more information.

We kindly ask individuals that are planning on coming to Central for Same Day Access to bring the following documents and information:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • All insurance cards
  • Current Medications
  • Any pertinent legal documents (ex: custody paperwork, probation orders, POA authorization)



All behavioral and mental health journeys at Central begin with a comprehensive assessment. Consumers may receive either an in-person or virtual assessment, where they are encouraged to have an open and honest discussion with one of our clinicians to ensure that they are directed to the right course of care. Once the clinician confirms that outpatient services is the best option for the individual, a treatment plan will be developed that is tailored to their goals.


Treatment plans are specific to each individual’s needs, however many of Central’s therapists utilize these common evidence-based practices:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychological treatment that involves an individual changing their thinking and behavioral patterns using various strategies. CBT has proven to be effective for those experiencing depression, anxiety, marital problems, eating disorders, and more.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on helping an individual accept and change their reality and behaviors. DBT is most effective for individuals who struggle with intense emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy technique that focuses on reprocessing internal and automatic responses caused by trauma through a combination of talk and sensory stimulation techniques. Although EMDR can help with many behavioral health issues, it is most commonly used for those that suffer from PTSD.

Motivational Interviewing is a therapy method that assists an individual discover the motivation they need to change a behavior. This method is very effective for those with a substance use disorder, weight loss, smoking, etc.


In order to participate in Central’s Outpatient program, an individual must be a resident of Montgomery County. Individuals of all ages are eligible for services. Please contact our intake department to confirm current availability of therapists credentialed with your insurance provider.

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