In 1982, psychiatrist Loren Crabtree was unable to find community housing for a client recently discharged from a mental hospital. After discovering there was a one-year waiting list for housing, he took it upon himself to find the man an apartment and a roommate. This experience inspired him to create Project Transition later that year. Located north of Philadelphia, in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, Project Transition provides long-term residential treatment for adults needing mental health care, as well as for clients with co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
With a 30-bed capacity, Project Transition houses clients in 10 fully furnished apartments that are within walking distance of the main treatment facility. Henry on the Park, a complex in the Philadelphia area, is the main residence. Gender-specific apartments are shared between three residents, with two of them typically sharing a room, while the third has a private sleeping area. The clients have all the comforts of home and amenities such as cell phones are allowed. Wi-Fi and cable TV are provided.
As part of their life skills training, residents are required to purchase their own groceries and cook their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
A client must have substance abuse issues and a co-occurring disorder to be eligible for this program. Detox is not provided, but referrals can be made if necessary. Upon admittance, clients receive a complete assessment and individualized treatment plans from a CADC. Residents work closely with their assigned case managers and treatment length is typically between 12 and 18 months.
With an emphasis on evidence-based modalities, specifically DBT, treatment includes daily group sessions and individual therapy with a CADC at least once per week. Clients attend between three and five weekly 12-step meetings off site. Transportation is provided.
Residents participate in a daily 9:30 am community meeting and attend between five and six group sessions per day. Group topics include relapse prevention, meditation, interpersonal skills and substance abuse awareness. Because this is a program specifically for those with co-occurring disorders, much of the focus is on dual diagnosis support, including medication management, social skills and trauma-informed treatments like EMDR.
Out-of-pocket cost for treatment is $9,216 for 30 days. There is a three- to five-week processing period for program applications. Upon admittance, Project Transition requires a non-refundable fee of $18,432 that covers the initial two-month stay. The staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric rehabilitation counselors, program managers and CADCs.
Residents have access and a complimentary membership to a local gym. On weekends, they are transported to shopping mall outings, the movies or the beach (in the summer).
A family program includes individual progress meetings, multi-family support groups and educational seminars designed to educate loved ones about co-occurring disorders and substance abuse.
For those requiring comprehensive mental health care along with treatment for substance abuse, this is a great alternative to long-term institutionalization. Project Transition encourages independence and peer support, which can be particularly effective in helping clients recover from the co-occurring disorders that often walk hand in hand with chemical dependency.
One Highland Dr
Chalfont, PA 18914
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