Special Programs

DWI (Driving While Impaired) Program

The DWI Program uses the PRIME for Life curriculum to reduce the social and economic impact of DWI through public awareness, education, prevention programs and research. The agency provides ADETS, short term, and longer term treatment in both the Huntersville and Salisbury offices. Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment (SAIOP) is offered in the Huntersville, NC office only.

Developmental Disabilities Program

SIMS consulting & Clinical Services intellectual and disabilities program is designed to work with members to develop and maintain quality services reflecting the needs and wishes of people identified with a developmental disability and their families.

Medication Management

Program goals include:

SIMS Consulting & Clinical Services Inc.'s medication management program is designed to treat a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral issues with an emphasis on improvement and continued stabilization of individual's level of functioning and alleviation of biologically based psychiatric symptoms that interfere with functioning. Therapeutic goals of the program include: (a) stabilization of psychiatric symptoms or acute crisis and (b) return of premorbid level of functioning. Medication Management Services Components include the following:

 Psychiatric diagnostic assessment -- A psychiatric, medical history and mental status examination, diagnosis on five axis's, laboratory evaluations deemed appropriate and recommendations for treatment

 Individualized medication evaluation and management -- Prescription of appropriate medication(s) and review of therapeutic effects and side effects (laboratory monitoring of specific agents)

 Appropriate use of laboratory services and referral(s) to other specialists

 Regular and timely documentation of required clinical rating scales 

 Appropriate clinical documentation in an individual's care record, including justification for diagnoses and rationale for choice of pharmacologic agents

Developmental Disabilities specific services include:

SIMS consulting & Clinical Services intellectual and disabilities program is designed to work with members to develop and maintain quality services reflecting the needs and wishes of people identified with a developmental disability and their families.

Program goals include:

  • the opportunity to live in a safe environment with respect to dignity
  • the opportunity to live with his/her family or in his/her own home within the community
  • the opportunity o make choices
  • the opportunity to have meaningful relationships with family members, friends, and other community members
  • the opportunity to participate in individual talents, interest, and choices
  • the opportunity to become involved in community activities
  • the opportunity to access the same services available to all citizens to meet everyday needs

Developmental Disabilities specific services include:

  • in home intensive supports
  • in home skill building
  • home supports
  • specialized consultative services
  • personal care services

    In Home Intensive Supports is available to support members in their
    private home, when the member needs extensive support and supervision,
    to assist with positioning, intensive medical needs, elopement and/or
    behaviors that would result in injury to self or other people.

    In Home Skill Building provides habilitation and skill building to
    enable the member to acquire and maintain skills, which support more
    independence. In Home Skill Building augments the family and natural
    supports of the member and consists of an array of services that are
    required to maintain and assist the member to live in community

    Home Supports are habilitation and support services, which provide
    training and assistance to members in order to acquire and maintain
    skills that support independence.

    Specialized Consultative Services provides expertise, training, and
    technical assistance in a specialty area to assist family members,
    support staff, and other natural supports in assisting members with
    developmental disabilities who have long-term intervention needs.

    Personal Care Services include support, supervision, and activities of
    daily living such a bathing, eating, dressing, personal hygiene, and
    the preparation of meals.

Outpatient Treatment (individual, family, group therapy)

Outpatient services include individual, group, and family therapy for children and adults. Individual therapy is geared to the needs and desire outcomes of members and their family. Group therapy, on the other hand, is geared towards behavior management. Finally, family therapy is used to assist members and their family in improving their overall functioning with an emphasis on improving their relationship and communication skills with family members.

Outpatient services will have but is not limited to the following goals:

• maintain safety in the family;
• develop and implement crisis a stabilization plan;
• avoid unnecessary placement of children and adults in substitute care;
• improve family functioning so that the behavior/conditions that led to the crisis will be less likely to reoccur;
• reduce the length of stay in residential treatment, by reunifying children and adults from out of home placements back into community based settings;
• transition members into less restrictive levels of care at the earliest possible opportunity;
• mutually develop and implement an individualized service plan that provides for the specific needs of the member and family;
• identify individual and family strengths to maintain stability and promote improve functioning;
• educate and assist parents with the skills to effectively manage the behavior of the member;
• assist member and family in expressing needs and to facilitate access to needed services and/or support;
• retain a professional staff who can effectively address the unique needs of identified members and families who will collaborate with other community professionals to access services and support with their members; and
• maintain a commitment to quality services in keeping with Sims Consulting and Clinical Services and community standards.


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement. It also works in conjunction with medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.


Reflexology is also referred to as zone therapy. It is wellness or alternative practice, which applies pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with. Pressure applied to these areas effect a physical change to the body. Reflexology can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. It is hypothesized that the pressure received in the feet may send signals that 'balance' the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain.