The Shove House is a sober living home that works in conjunction with Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare (OBHC), an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Omak, Washington. The Shove House includes nine dormitory units for clients in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and nine apartments for clients who have completed IOP and are in transitional care. OBHC was founded in 2002, and the facility caters to financially challenged and homeless clients.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Shove House operates nine dorm-style sober living units that each accommodate two clients. Men and women are housed on separate floors. The transitional apartments include seven studio-style layouts and two one-bedroom units. Each fully furnished apartment accommodates two residents and includes a bathroom, a refrigerator and a microwave oven.
All residents also dine at the cafeteria. Clients are served three hot meals a day, cafeteria-style. A typical dinner entrée includes meatloaf or ham, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Coffee is available all day.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients must be enrolled in treatment at Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare. Other requirements for admission include showing documentation of a low annual income (must be 30 percent of the area average income), being age 18 and older, passing a criminal background check and not having any violent or drug-oriented convictions and finally committing to a personalized OBHC Recovery Strategy, which is an individualized treatment plan. Medication management and dual diagnosis support is provided during treatment.
Clients meet with case managers on a frequent basis to review their Recovery Strategies. The maximum length of stay at the dormitory is 90 days, while residents in the apartment complex can live there up to a year. Weekly requirements include performing chores, attending outpatient treatment, taking prescribed meds, which are dispensed by staff, and being at in-house group meetings. Clients are encouraged, but not required, to attend 12-step meetings in the local community. The dormitory curfew is 9 pm seven nights a week, while the apartment complex has no set curfew time.
While families are allowed to visit, these privileges are limited to business hours, and no overnight visitors are allowed.
The Shove House, along with OBHC, provides much-needed services for financially challenged clients working on their recovery. Not only is treatment and housing provided, but clients receive individualized attention and free meals. This is a great opportunity for those who don’t have many financial resources but are in dire need of recovery services.
The Shove House
1009 Koala Drive
Omak, WA 98841
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