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Requirements

Wellmet has a few basic requirements for our residents. Our experience has shown that we can be of most help to the people who are able and willing to do the following things:

  1. Each individual must be able to self-administer his or her medication. We can observe evening medication only for those who need help in matters of organization.
  2. Each individual must have a psychotherapist with the minimum credentials of an MSW.
  3. Each person must have a day structure of at least 20 hours per week. This is an external activity that the resident chooses, and can be from one of four categories; a day treatment program, a volunteer position, paid employment, or attending school. All residents must be out of the house by 10:00 a.m. weekdays, and may not return until 2:00 p.m. An individual has 30 days upon arrival at the house to obtain a day structure.
  4. Issues of drinking, drugging, violence (including acts of self harm), or suicidality will be reviewed on a case by case basis. We do not allow these behaviors, as they are beyond the scope of our program and are "triggering" to others struggling with the same issues. Individuals we do accept with these issues may be placed on restrictive contracts (that may be modified in time) to minimize risks.

There are also some secondary requirements that all individuals must agree to comply with. These include:

  1. All residents must spend 4 nights each week in the milieu. Milieu credit for either being in the common areas of the house, or going into the community with other residents. This provides a structure for each individual's time in the community of the house and limits isolation in one's bedroom. We believe that social isolation is a major side effect of mental illness and this insures that there is an adequate connection with others in the house, and still respects each person's need for quiet time and being alone.
  2. All residents must be able and willing to do their weekly chore and meal preparation. These must be done on time and properly because everyone in the house has a schedule and obligations that are oftentimes dependent on eating dinner at the appointed time, etc.