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In Better Hands, LLC. (IBH), provides quality mental health and related services. Since our inception in 1974, we have provided primary and specialty services to individuals, to private groups, and to law enforcement agencies in the United States and Asia.

IBH was among the earliest community-based clinics to develop and implement personalized solutions for discouraged and wayward individuals. We offer prevention-focused, cost-effective, short term solutions.

Our members possess a high level of clinical competence, psychiatric/psychological experience and motivation.

We seek to share our expertise and experience.

Dr. Frank Scalercio, Jr., President

About IBH, LLC

IBH, LLC is an organization with over 27 years of experience in providing a highly structured environment for those males/females looking to make changes in their lives. Clients entering IBH must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of admission and willing to participate in the entire program. The clients we work with are NOT HARD CORE or clients having serious problems with feelings (eg.depression/anxiety), thoughts (e.g. schizophrenia), or behavior (e.g. violence).
They are “good people” who are starting to make some poor choices with friends, school, drugs, attitude and family. Many have had issues with divorce or adoption and/or are just not dealing with adulthood very well. Many have no diagnosis but they are struggling and making some real negative choices in their attitude, behavior and belief systems regarding themselves and the work around them.
IBH helps these individuals find and learn they are their most valuable possessions so they can also love their families and those who care about them. IBH has treated many clients in the Philippines for the past 20+ years. The success rate of our program is attributed to many factors such as our trained personal and our low client ratio with staff.
What enables IBH to be successful is:

  • 27 years of teaching martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) and academics (high school proficiencies), peer counseling, psychotherapy and family counseling.
  • Highly structured environment
  • 100 % attention given to the needs of the client
  • Low client ratio with staff
  • 24 hour/7 days a week availability
  • Cost effective and immediate solutions.
  •  Active involvement of family in pre/post program
  • Program based on results
  • Mandatory after care
  • High satisfaction rate

Prior to entry into our program, assistance in developing an after care program for the family is available. Through IBH we have been able to assist many families in need of our services with many of the following issues:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Legal prescription abuse
  • Adult ADD/ADHD issues
  • Divorce and family conflict issues
  • School problems
  • Poor peer choices
  • Accountability and responsibility issues
  • Integrity
  • Self esteem and emotional issues

Our program philosophy is learning the real secrets or arts: Always be a beginner.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities but in the expert’s there are few.”
This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. The beginners mind is the mind of compassion. We work on the here and now.

Financial Options:
We understand the cost of a placement can be a challenge to some families. There are several options which have been used by previous families.

  • Personal check or cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Home loans and second mortgages
  • Personal loans

We do not offer any financing and program must be paid in full prior to beginning of treatment.

Island Cove is our main treatment campus. Island Cove is nestled in the historic town of Kawit, Cavite. Dr. Scalercio has been treating clients in the Philippines for the past 25 years. IBH program has 24/7 security and is staffed with a licensed clinical psychologist, registered nurse, site coordinator and an on-call physician. The program offers many activities such as martial arts, basketball, tennis, bowling, billiards, chess, water activities, etc.

An important part of the IBH Program in the life skills program:

  • Community Service. Help improve the living environment for indigent persons
  • Saturday outings to many historical places under staff supervision.
  • Sunday Spiritual development (if requested)/ relaxation time under supervision
  • Exercise every morning Monday thru Friday 6 AM
  • Clean personal living area daily
  • Education