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This page contains information regarding the admissions procedure for Julian F. Keith ADATC. This information is broken down into 3 areas:

Prospective Patients

Referring Agencies

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Patients

North Carolina is divided into three geographic regions (East, Central, and West). Julian F. Keith ADATC is located in Western North Carolina and serves residents of the western counties. Referrals for treatment to our facility (Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center) or the others are made through local management entities, LMEs.

If you or a family member are interested in our services, please read this. It explains how individuals are admitted to ADATC. Please note that we do not take walk in patients and all patients are referred to us from local management entities.

For more information about the services we offer, please click here.

Julian F. Keith ADATC services the following counties:



If your county isn't listed, a complete list of Local Management Entities is available here.

Referring Agencies

(The following documents are for referring agency use only)

Admissions Procedures

ADATC Brochure

Prospective Patient Letter


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions.

For questions regarding patient visitation for rehabilitation (ARS) patients, click here

For questions regarding patient visitation for stabilization and detoxification (ACU) patients, click here

For pre-admission information, click here.

Last updated January 29, 2016

1. Could you describe your program?

JFK ADATC offers an Acute Care Unit for short term crisis stabilization or detoxification services. Both involuntary and voluntary admissions are considered. In addition to the Acute Care Unit JFK ADATC also offers two distinct inpatient substance abuse treatment programs. The two programs are; the Acute Rehabilitation Services Program (ARS) and the Acute Recovery Transitional Program (ART).

The Acute Rehabilitation Services (ARS) program consists of a full day of classes/groups to help the individual understand the addictive process, the impact of co-occurring mental health issues, and provide education/tools to begin the recovery process. Our acute rehabilitation treatment program generally lasts between 14 and 28 days, depending on the specific needs and progress of the individual. At discharge, individuals are referred for continuing treatment through their local mental health programs, self help groups, and other outpatient resources.

The Acute Recovery Transitional (ART) Program is located within the secure Acute Care Unit and is designed to serve patients who have co-occurring substance abuse symptoms and mental health symptoms. The patient with these unique limitations will receive supportive services specifically designed to address both conditions. The primary objective of this 14-day treatment program is to provide patients with skills to manage thoughts and behaviors associated with substance abuse as well as management of symptoms related to mental illness. The ART patient will benefit from the enhanced, structured setting and frequent interaction with the Treatment Team. .


2. How do I (or a family member) obtain admittance to your rehabilitation program/facility?

Before being admitted to JFK ADATC an individual must be evaluated and then referred by the local mental health management entity (LME.) Please contact your local management entity (i.e., Western Highlands; Mecklenburg; Smoky Mountain; etc.) for an assessment. If the LME determines that an individual could benefit from inpatient treatment for substance abuse or a co-occurring mental illness complicated by substance use, the LME will make the arrangements with JFK ADATC. Treatment is available to any resident of the 37 western counties of North Carolina.

For a list of the counties that we serve, click here.

For a list of local mental health centers, click here. (You will be directed to a new website)

3. How do I (or a family member) obtain admittance for detoxification or crisis stabilization?

We have a 30 bed Acute Care Unit (ACU) that provides medically monitored, short term detoxification and crisis stabilization services. The ACU provides these services to substance abuse patients and those with co-occurring disorders. Referrals are made through the mental health Local Management Entities in conjunction with judicial commitment.

4. Where are the ADATC (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers) located?

There are ADATCs in Greenville, NC (serving the Eastern part of the state), Butner (serving the Central part of the state) and Black Mountain (serving the Western part of the state). For further information about the state facilities, click here.

5. How much do you charge for your services?

As a state facility we accept prospective patients regardless of financial resources or insurance status. A financial interview is conducted at the time of admission. A sliding scale is used to determine the cost of treatment, based on your income.

6. What are the lodgings like?

Our facility consists of dormitory-style rooms (semi-private), with common areas for social interaction, information sharing, relaxing and limited television viewing. JFK is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

7. Where are you located?

Our address and driving directions are located here.


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