Our 2020 Treatment Outcomes and Key Findings

Treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders for men and women ages 18 and older at Lifeskills focuses not just on the presenting problems but targets the underlying disorders that contribute to them. In a healing environment that promotes recovery, resiliency, and self-determination, our clinicians utilize a comprehensive approach to treatment that addresses all the challenges clients face.

Clients at Lifeskills South Florida participate in an integrated care regimen including CBT, ACT, DBT, and experiential therapies. Our treatment team includes a Quintuple-Board Certified Psychiatrist and licensed doctoral and master’s level clinicians with multiple certifications in their respective specialties.

“Lifeskills has consistently been recognized as a National Center of Clinical Excellence. While 2020 tested us, and the world, in ways we could have never imagined, the need for clinically excellent, evidence-based care was never more apparent. I’m extremely proud of how Lifeskills didn’t let our clients or their families down during such a challenging year and continued to outperform the nation in the outcomes we were able to achieve in helping each of our clients progress on their road towards lasting recovery.”

headshot photo of Klay Weaver - CEO, Lifeskills South Florida

Klay Weaver

CEO, Lifeskills South Florida

About Our Assessment Approach

In our 2020 Treatment Outcomes Measurement report, our client-centered care and whole-person approach to treatment used the BASIS-24 Evaluation, a leading behavioral assessment tool, to evaluate the results our clients experience post-treatment against similar treatment facilities across the nation. This measurement tool identifies a wide range of symptoms and problems that occur across the diagnostic spectrum using a 5-point Likert scale.

The 24 questions are scored using a weighted average algorithm that gives an overall score and scores for six subscales for the following domains of psychiatric and substance abuse symptoms and functioning: depression and functioning, relationships, self-harm, emotional lability, psychosis, and substance abuse. Across 2020, we had 175 active clients participate in programming at Lifeskills South Florida and complete the BASIS-24 assessment. The questionnaire was administered at admission, mid-treatment every 30 days, and again at discharge.

Client Profile

During 2020, we helped over 175 clients progress in their recovery journeys.
Here is how our client population looked over the course of the year.

“This place saved my life. Being surrounded by supportive people 24/7 allowed me to see my worth and understand that hope is possible. I miss the supportive staff and peers I met along this journey. Time flies here if you’re willing to get the help you need and deserve.”
– Grateful Client

Primary Diagnosis

Secondary Diagnosis

Gender Breakdown

Age breakdown

“Lifeskills has helped me in so many ways it really has changed my life mentality and helped with bipolar and addiction. It gave me coping skills for addiction and anger management and it has been great for communication. My relationships with my family have improved tremendously. The staff has been amazing, both residential and clinical staff – they are kind and help you with all needs and direct you in the most positive way in life. I would suggest Lifeskills to any one in need of help in mental health and addiction.”
– Grateful Client

Average Stay

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Blue Icon of a bed

61 Days

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Lifeskills South Florida vs. National Comparison

2020 Insights: Continuing to Outpace the Industry

Lifekills uses a whole person, innovative, and flexible approach to treatment, incorporating elements of mindfulness, meditation, and integrated primary care, which offers individuals the opportunity for complete recovery. Our programs go above and beyond to empower individuals and address their mental, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational needs.

Overall Reduction in Symptom Severity

Clients at Lifeskills far outpaced the national average in overall improvement and symptom reduction.

Reduction in Depressive Symptoms

Clients at Lifeskills experienced a 61% average reduction in depressive symptoms and an increase in functioning (daily/role functioning and depression and anxiety symptoms).

Lifeskills surpassed the BASIS-24 National Comparison Group across every measure based on 29,638 cases from many similar organizations.

Improvement in Relationships

Clients at Lifeskills reported a 26% average improvement in their relationships with their family, friends, and other individuals.

Reduction in Self-Harm

Clients at Lifeskills saw a 71% average reduction in thoughts about hurting themselves and/or ending their lives.

Reduction in Emotional Lability

Clients at Lifeskills reported a 58% average reduction in mood swings, racing thoughts, and feeling short tempered at discharge.

Reduction in Psychosis

Clients at Lifeskills experienced a 78% average reduction of psychosis symptoms (hallucinations, paranoia, detachment, and disorganized thinking).

Reduction in Substance Abuse

Clients at Lifeskills experienced a 70% average reduction in urges to drink, abuse substances, and problems with drugs or alcohol.

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