First Responders Program
First Responders Program
Banyan Treatment Center offers compassionate addiction and mental health care for first responders. First responders, such as firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and members of the military experience high rates of substance abuse and mental health issues in comparison to the majority of the population. Increased levels of stress and trauma in the line of duty contribute to these obstacles. We recognize the unique needs of this demographic and provide individualized care in order to provide treatment for first responders.
Who & What We Treat
At our First Responders Program we treat paramedics, police officers, firefighters, security guards, lifeguards, first aid staff, doctors, and nurses who struggle with the following:
- Primary substance abuse and addiction
- Primary mental health
- Dual diagnosis disorders
First Responder Mental Health Services:
Banyan Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care, ranging from medically monitored detox to intensive outpatient services. Each patient participates in a clinical assessment prior to admission to determine the most appropriate level of care. First responder treatment services include, Medically monitored detoxification, intensive inpatient and residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and alumni services and aftercare planning.
Banyan Mental Health
Banyan Mental Health offers residential and partial hospitalization programming for first responders who are struggling with a primary mental health diagnosis. We specialize in treating mood and thought disorders including, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorders, grief and loss issues, attachment and adjustment disorders, and self injury/self harm.
Our mental health programming is entirely separate from our substance abuse treatment component, and patients in the two programs are not mixed at any time throughout their lengths of stay. Housing, therapeutic groups, and recreational activities are program exclusive, treating PTSD, anxiety, and secondary trauma in first responders. Patients will work with a first responder therapist for their healing.
At Banyan Pompano Beach, Banyan Boca, and Banyan Stuart, therapists are trained by first responders on how to treat first responders.
Certified clinical trauma professionals are on staff to address issues that are faced specifically by first responders and our masters-level clinicians participate in ongoing training in order to most effectively treat this demographic. Our team continuously evaluates data to determine the best treatment methods possible.
When treating first responders we utilize a wide range of treatment techniques, including:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is considered the gold standard when addressing trauma symptoms.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a technique that focuses on improving emotional regulation and the development of coping strategies that target solving current problems. It has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of PTSD.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a therapy method that focuses on “staying in the present,” that has been shown to be effective in treating mood disorders, substance abuse, and the depression and anxiety associated with past events.
- Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), a technique that works to address and clear the ongoing effects of anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia and night terrors, grief, abuse, anger, rage, and PTSD.
If you are a first responder, or know someone who is, and are in need of addiction and mental health treatment, help is available. Banyan Treatment Center is here to guide you through the entire journey, as you overcome your addiction and enter into a life of recovery. Take the first step and contact our drug and alcohol treatment center today.
Meet Our Staff
Captain Patrick Kenney, LCSW, PhD
Patrick Kenny is a 40-year law enforcement officer. He retired from the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office in 2016 as a captain. During his tenure, he worked in many divisions including patrol, investigations and narcotics. He also supervised a behavioral services division assisting deputies and employees with substance abuse issues, PTSD and other mental health concerns. An advocate for law enforcement officers with substance abuse issues, he has helped many officers find sobriety. He attended Barry University where he received his MSW degree and additionally has a PhD degree in psychology. Capt. Kenny is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and remains active with the organization. He is also an adjunct at Florida Atlantic University. Currently, Capt. Kenny facilitates the treatment for first responders at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.
Margot Lee, LMFT, RRT, EMDR, CCTP
Clinical Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
Margot Lee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treating trauma, addiction, first responders, and co-occurring disorders. She earned her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1996 and since then has worked with vulnerable populations including: sheltered children, victims of sexual violence, juvenile female prisoners with severe mental health issues, people suffering from addiction, and first responders. Margot has 20+ years of experience in counseling and leadership having experience as a primary therapist, director of case management, clinical director, program development specialist, director of crisis stabilization, and executive director. Margot has trained extensively to have therapeutic tools to work with her clients and holds certificates in hypnotherapy, certified rapid resolution therapy, level 2 EMDR training, certified as an early childhood development specialist, certified in brain gym, certified redline rescue training graduate, and is a certified clinical trauma professional. Margot has a passion for helping others and in addition to her role as Clinical Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches she volunteers at the Inner Truth Project working with victims of sexual violence and is the volunteer therapist for Chapter One, a not-for-profit support group for first responders.
Luis Otero, LMHC, CCTP
Luis Otero is Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working in the field of addiction and with co-occurring disorders for the last five years. He has worked with numerous first responders and veterans, helping them move past their trauma into more productive and fulfilling lives. Luis Otero graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s degree in Science in Mental Health Counseling. Luis utilizes various trauma methodologies, including: Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Strengths Based Therapy, EMDR, EMERG/Neurocise, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. When not working, he can be found attending seminars as a member of the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the EMDR Consulting Group, or EMDRIA.
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Our mission, your recovery.
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"Banyan Treatment Center was a life-changing experience for me. When I got here, I was planning on continuing to use, but with the help of staff and the community I was convinced to stay through the whole program, and I can honestly say it was the best decision I've ever made."
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"My experience was nothing short of amazing. The staff is excellent, they all went way out of their way to help me with whatever I needed. They gave me the tools i needed to succeed, and were always there for me when I completed the program and when I fell short. Thank you so much Banyan!"
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"Banyan was able to help me more than words can describe. They helped me save my life. I called in not really knowing what to expect or anything about treatment and the people I spoke with were able to walk me through every step of the way."
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
At Banyan Treatment Center our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.