Announcing Recovery Supportive Services
Announcing – Recovery Supportive Services
Heartland House is pleased to announce the opening of our new building, which is right next door to our current location. We purchased this building in April of 2017 and have been working hard with our community partners to remodel and get it ready for opening!
This additional facility holds 16 beds for our newest service offering, Dimension 6 – Recovery Supportive Services. Recovery Supportive Services is a sober living, continual care program for clients who have made the changes needed to drop down a level of care. Participants are offered, off site, the opportunity to continue their change plan with guidance from a case manager for those who require, or would like, additional support before re-entering a new living environment in society.
Entry into Recovery Supportive Services
In keeping with our person-centered care model, every client is offered a partnership with their case manager that continues off-site throughout their stay in Recovery Supportive Services. The keystone of this partnership is a discharge plan for the client to follow from the beginning of their stay.
Through assessments of our clients, we have determined that many of them, upon program completion, are not quite ready to move back in to society. We have also noted that many sober living facilities are not regulated, in that the only requirement for residence is sobriety, with no clinical follow up. For some, transitioning from a person-centered residential treatment program with regulated support to a sober living environment such as this, has resulted in failure to sustain the positive behaviors they gained while in treatment. Many people find themselves leaving sober living and going right back to the unhealthy environment they were in before entering treatment, potentially risking recurrence.
Such clients may benefit from this continuing care period where they can venture out on their own incrementally in fulfilling their change plan, all while remaining on our campus with the ability to continue working with their case manager and peer support.
Dimension 6 – Recovery/Living Environment
Heartland House utilizes The ASAM Criteria in our program and Dimension 6 of ASAM’s multidimensional assessment is Recovery/Living environment – exploring an individual’s recover or living situation, and the surrounding people, places, and things. If a client does not have a healthy environment to return to, they can enter Recovery Supportive Services.
We have created an environment where a client can plan and prepare in the areas of education, employment, family relations, support group in their recovery community, and any other aspects of their change plan. They will have more time to solidify their goals to prepare themselves to enter into a healthy environment.
In this program, we encourage clients to use a variety of resources that will enrich their lives. We promote continued use of their change plan and other tools such as The Change Companies Interactive Journals, which are evidence-based journals using principles of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral strategies. We support our clients to look at all areas of their lives to see if they will be successful when they finally go out on their own. Some of the questions we will help them address are:
- How can I take care of all of my responsibilities while still living in a positive environment?
- Am I moving to a neighborhood that is reflective of the positive environment that I experienced at Heartland House?
- Who has an influence on me in my living environment?
- What are my financial/legal obligations?
- What is my work, school and social. situation?
- What family and parenting roles and obligations will I have What is my current situation and what is my role?
- What are some of the things in my family/parenting situation that support my efforts of change and what are my challenges?
- What is my support group? 12 step? Smart? Am I committed and unified?
- What is a living wage for me? What can I really afford?
Our clients have spent valuable time working on their recovery, and now have to strengthen their life maintenance plan. Employment or school may have taken a back seat, and they might be making money, but is it enough to move out on their own?
There are many aspects of living that they must consider, including but not limited to: transportation, housing, childcare issues and finances, and we assist them with all of these. Our goal is for our clients to build a strong structure of physical, mental and spiritual well-being upon the foundation of their newfound recovery.
Clients who transition to Recovery Supportive Services are supported in implementing their change plans, which means leveraging their areas of strength while and continuing to uncover and discover the areas where they can improve. They are rigorously creating positive behavior change, and taking the next steps toward independence, but with the safety and support that is made possible by case management.
This part of our program is time-limited to 2 years. We recognize that not all clients will need or want this service, but we are happy to be able to offer it for those who do. Please stay tuned for more updates as we launch this exciting new program!
For more information on our recovery supportive services, or any other programs, please Contact Us.