Business partners Stacey Payne and Harry Schader founded BlueCove Homes with a single sober living house in 2012. They’ve since expanded into a group of 12 homes—11 of them located in the Las Vegas area and one in the San Francisco suburb of Pittsburg. The homes provide upscale, yet economical living environments for individuals in early recovery. Payne supervises the houses in the Las Vegas vicinity, while Schader is in charge in California. Both owners try to make it as simple as possible for residents to move in and begin their recovery process.
BlueCove also provides accommodations for dual diagnosis clients and is accredited by the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). Clients at BlueCove must work a program, whether through 12-step principles, SMART Recovery or other alternatives for sustainable recovery.
Amenities and Accommodations
San Francisco is considered the “birthplace” of BlueCove Homes—the original house is located in Pittsburg, California, 40 miles from San Francisco in the East Bay. This home is reserved solely for men and women with co-occurring disorders. The location is only a half mile from public transportation via the BART station. The two-story four bedroom home boasts a large backyard with a nice patio, where there is also an outdoor table and chairs. Inside the house, clients share gender-specific bedrooms, with one bathroom for men and one for women. There is a full kitchen, equipped with an island for food preparation (clients cook their own meals). The East Bay rent is $700 a month with a one-time $200 administrative fee. There is currently one bed available.
There are 11 BlueCove homes in Nevada, scattered across Las Vegas and the surrounding suburbs of Spring Valley, Enterprise and Henderson. Three of these homes are contracted to specifically house graduates of Desert Hope, a substance abuse treatment facility based in Las Vegas.
The Nevada homes all have large living rooms, furnished with multiple plush couches. There are separate gender-specific houses as well as co-ed ones. Homes are located in upper middle-class neighborhoods, near public transportation, off-site AA/NA meetings and shopping areas. Houses are furnished with gorgeous, contemporary and sleek interior designs. The houses include spacious living rooms with cable TV and WiFi.
In most of Las Vegas and Henderson, rent is $150 per week or $600 per month with a one-time intake fee of $125. This fee can be paid online and reserves the spot for a new client. Rent is slightly higher at one of the all-female houses, Sauceda, ranging $650-$850 per month—including all expenses except for food and personal items. Two to three clients live in each bedroom, though, depending on the location, there are also private rooms available. Individuals who opt for private rooms pay for two beds at $1,400 a month.
Rules and Regulations
BlueCove recommends clients stay for three to six months. The Easy Bay area house requires clients to attend 12-step meetings five days a week. If a client is new to recovery, he or she must attend 90 meetings in 90 days, obtain a sponsor (if they do not already have one) and find a home group. Work schedules permitting, clients adhere to a strict 9 pm curfew. After 30 days, weekend passes are available and family passes are available during the week. Assistant managers drop into individual homes. In Nevada, clients are required to attend three NA/AA or SMART Recovery meetings per week. If clients are new to recovery or recently relapsed, they start on a three-meeting per week schedule. Staff are flexible regarding each individual’s chosen program of recovery.
It’s BlueCove’s philosophy that having sober roommates early in recovery helps fend off feelings of isolation. Staff evaluate clients before moving in and outpatient programs and referral systems are available to tailor a program that suits each individual client. Clients are also subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing throughout their stay.
BlueCove is associated with a substantial healthcare network including resources for therapy, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), sober coaching and psychiatric services. BlueCove Homes in Las Vegas work closely with Desert Hope to provide housing and aftercare services. They believe when clients have accessible healthcare as a resource, it provides sustainable support for individuals new to recovery. The network includes Assurity Laboratories, Monos Health Institute, Amerigroup Real Solutions in Healthcare and West Care Foundation.
BlueCove plans to open three additional homes in California soon.
BlueCove Homes offers clients a “semi-structured environment” of upscale living for an affordable price. Clients new to recovery have the added reinforcements of Desert Hope IOP in Las Vegas and a strong referral system in California. The owners of BlueCove impress upon clients the importance of firmly choosing a program of recovery without mandating a specific tract. Clients who need outpatient services—specifically those with co-occurring disorders—can count on BlueCove to assist them with mental health issues in a safe, structured recovery community.
135 Greenmeadow Cir
Pittsburg, CA 94565
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