Burkwood Treatment Center featured in Behavioral Healthcare Journal

Posted at October 4, 2009 | Categories : 2009 | 0 Comment

Candace Clausen appointed to Executive Director of Burkwood Treatment Center in Hudson, WI.

A veteran of 33 years as a recovery and addiction counselor, interventionist, and executive, Candace Clausen, MBA, CADAC, ICADC, has worked in a variety of settings, in large and small facilities everywhere from Alaska to Greece. Her new position as Executive Director of Burkwood Treatment Center brings Clausen back home to the Midwest, where her career began.

Clausen is honored to have received the appointment at Burkwood, a licensed residential addiction treatment center in Hudson, Wisconsin, which is part of CRC Health. Burkwood is near her family in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where she grew up. Clausen was promoted from her post as Director of Compliance and Accreditation at Sierra Tucson.

“Achieving directorships is a challenge in this industry, and it is deeply rewarding to be in this position,” Clausen says. “

Clausen’s roots in the behavioral healthcare field go back to 1977. She initially became interested in becoming a counselor after her own eating disorder recovery. After working as an intern, Clausen became certified in addictions in the early ’80s and received her master’s degree in 2000. She also is an internationally certified drug and alcohol counselor and she has experience working with Transactional Analysis and Trager & Mantastics Body Therapy.

Candace directed an addiction recovery program she authored at the Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, while working with CREATE, Inc. Moving to Arizona in the late 80″s she worked as Director of Westcenter Rehabilitation Facility (part of the Tucson General Hospital). Clausen has also had a private practice as an interventionist.

Just prior to coming to Burkwood Candace was the Director of Compliance and Accreditation at Sierra Tucson.

Burkwood specializes in treating clients with addiction issues and co-occurring mental illnesses such as depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. As executive director, Clausen hopes to work more closely with insurers and expand the facility’s client base. During Candace’s first two months Burkwood purchased a second house increasing its number of beds from 29 to 35. “We aren’t trying to get a lot larger, but this is a wonderful program and we want to broaden the scope of the clients we serve,” Clausen explains. To that end, she is reaching out to the local Native American community to offer treatment services.

Clausen says that Burkwood fills a niche between court-mandated public programs and more expensive private recovery facilities. “We really sit in between,” she points out. “We want to be available for someone who is committed to treatment and maybe can’t afford some other programs.”

Working with insurers has been Clausen’s biggest challenge so far. “There are fewer funds available for drug and alcohol treatment, and some insurance companies will deny a certain number of days of treatment,” she says. “We don’t have the HMO complications that we had in the past, but there are still some insurance companies that won’t cover a full three- to four-week treatment plan. But outcome studies show that treatment is more effective, and recovery longer lasting, when we are able to work with someone for multiple weeks.”

Burkwood passed their first CARF accreditation in August of this year and was granted a 3 year accreditation. Burkwood is a small rural facility but very proud of its services and the accreditation.

While her work has taken her across the country and overseas, Clausen says that the need for services is similar from region to region. “I’m happy that I have a background working in different types of economic environments and situations,” Clausen says. “But the disease remains the same no matter where you are. It devastates families and the addicted person in the same way.”

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