The Admissions Process

The admission process begins with a phone call to the Renaissance Campus where a mini assessment will be completed to see if you qualify for our treatment options. Then an admission counselor will contact you to set up an assessment within 24 hours. During the assessment process the counselor will explore medical and family history, patterns of chemical use, educational needs, mental health and past treatment histories. Once a determination of needs is identified by the admission team, then a recommendation will be made for linkages to treatment options.

Treatment options include:

Early Intervention




Once appropriate treatment recommendations are made an admission date will be set.

About Karen Ackerman:

Karen Ackerman is one of the Admission Counselors on the Renaissance Campus.  Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Prior to her role as an Admission Counselor, Karen had been employed as a Clinical Case manager at BryLin Hospital’s Outpatient Program in Williamsville, NY from 1992-2003.  Previous to that, Karen was employed as a Clinical Case Manager at BryLin Hospitals Inpatient Chemical Dependency Facility for adolescents in Alden, NY from 1987-1992. Preceding her work at BryLin Hospitals, Karen was employed by Spectrum Human Services as a Case Manager for their outpatient services for addiction working with adolescents and adults. She is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Level 2.



About John Tonjes:

John Tonjes is one of the Admission Counselors on the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus. John received his Associates Degree in Chemical Dependency from Hudson Valley Community College. John is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Prior to working on the campus, he worked at Hope House Inc. in Albany NY, as the Admission Director for 5 years. John also worked at Hospitality House in Albany NY, for 12 years as the Operations Manager and Primary Counselor. John likes working on the campus because he enjoys working with adolescents and he loves the energy of the team on the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus!

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About Melinda Dillon:

Melinda is the Reintegration Admission Counselor and Case Manager on the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus. Melinda has a passion for assisting youth through advocacy and education. Her career in human services began at New Directions Youth and Family Services as a Youth Counselor and then Assistant Supervisor of Grigg Cottage. Melinda earned her Associate’s Degree in Human Services and a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Niagara County Community College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at SUNY Buffalo State.  Melinda enjoys making a difference and perceives her role as Case Manager, an opportunity to create a ripple effect of success for individuals and their communities.

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What to bring to treatment?

Documentation required for admission:

  • Photo Identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Insurance Card
  • Prescription Card
  • Medications that are prescribed and original bottle.

Please note that suitcases are not permitted. Laundry facilities are available for your use.

Interested in Admissions?

For more information, please contact our admissions team at 716-827-9462.