One of the requirements for coming to the center is setting up a support team at home. Our expectation is that the support team will counsel the former resident in person When that is not possible, phone counseling may substitute. It is expected that support team members will need to do their own ongoing emotional work in order to be able to counsel the former resident well. There will also be a staff person at the center, assigned to handle phone calls from former residents and members of their support teams.
For prospective residents who are already in Re-Evaluation Counseling, they will need the approval of their Area Reference Person and/or their Regional Reference Person. For prospective residents who are not in Re-evaluation Counseling, the application process will include input from the applicant's friends and family
At this time, we may need to exclude some people, if we feel that their difficulties are such that we do not think we can assist them. These decisions will be made on a person by person basis.
The center will be capable of housing six residents at a time.
Residents will pay on a sliding scale. No one will be denied access to the center for lack of money.
Residents will stay at the center somewhere between two weeks and six months. The short stay would be to make sure that people get an initial hand with their hard emotional issues and the drug withdrawl. They would then go home to their support team and work through the process of getting off drugs and building a life they want. They may return to the center for short stays if needed. The longer stays of up to several months would be for people who require full time support while they get off drugs and work through their hard emotional issues.
At first, the clients will be people who already know how to co-counsel. After we gain experience with this group, we will then open the center to people who need to learn co-counseling as they are coming off drugs.