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Elizabeth L. Sturz (E.L.S.) Outpatient Treatment Center

760 East 160th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

The Elizabeth L. Sturz Outpatient Center is a medically supervised intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adults and adolescents seeking recovery services.  The outpatient center is a warm, friendly, and compassionate environment that genuinely cares about clients as they work on their recovery needs.  We help people to address and overcome their substance abuse while living at home and remaining active in their community and workplace.  Every patient receives a comprehensive evaluation, a patient-centered individualized treatment plan, and a program of therapies unique to their treatment needs.  The outpatient program has a full complement of nursing, medical, psychological and psychiatric staff available seven days per week. We believe our interdisciplinary approach allows us to better empower our clients in their recovery process to resolve current problems, and construct a new lifestyle by building on their strengths.  The outpatient center has flexible daytime, evening, and weekend hours, and both intensive and non-intensive treatment services. The outpatient center provides afterschool individual and group counseling for youth ages 13-18 from 4:00- 5:00pm.  For individuals in need of DUI or DWI screening, assessment, or treatment services, we offer short-term treatment solutions.  We accept MEDICAID, Managed MEDICAID, and most major insurance plans. For individuals who lack insurance, we also offer a sliding scale. Lack of insurance or ability to pay does not bar from enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Labor chose the Elizabeth L. Sturz program for national replication as "a model youth development program that works."

General services include:

  • Diagnostics, assessments, service planning, and coordination of care
  • Individual, group, vocational, and family counseling
  • Evidence-based treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse prevention, psycho-education, and recovery skills groups
  • Specialty groups including anger management, domestic violence, and parenting skills groups
  • Entitlements assistance
  • General physical examinations and TB testing available
  • Toxicology monitoring
  • Career guidance and job placement
  • Assistance with TASC, probation/parole, HIV/AIDS
  • DWI/DUI screening, assessment, and treatment services
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • GED preparation (for adolescents) and literacy by NYC DOE certified teachers
  • Gym, recreational and cultural activities
  • Pre-vocational and work readiness programs
  • Recreation

Hours of Operation:

The program is presently open Monday through Friday 8:30am-7:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. The afterschool youth program is Monday through Friday from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

  • Clients served per year: 600
  • Gender: males (55%) & females (45%)
  • Ages: 13+ years
  • Special Characteristics: homeless (5%), shelters (35%), SROs (30%); LGBT (30%); HIV & HCV (40%); court involved (80%); substance abuse (100%)