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Wellmet offers cooperative and supportive homes for individuals with mental health challenges who are looking to transition into independence and become active members of the community.

Wellmet has 3 transitional homes centrally located in Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The homes are indistinguishable from other houses in the neighborhood, and conveniently located near public transportation. Each home is run independently, while operating identically, serving up to 12 residents each.

In May 2016, Wellmet opened a 4th home, in Medford, which operates as a “step-down” program for existing residents. This brings our total capacity to 44 people.

Each home has a residence director who is a full time employee and three counselors who work 20 hours a week. While the residence director is a paid employee, the counselors are volunteers. They receive room and board in exchange for their services. None of the staff are mental health professionals by design (i.e., have advanced clinical degrees), though some of our staff may be in the process of attaining such a degree. All of the staff, however, are clinically aware. They have been chosen by residents and other staff members for their empathy and listening skills, decision-making abilities, and personal characteristics that would make them a good role-model and housemate.

While Wellmet does not provide therapy, and hence the requirement for a therapist, we are a therapeutic environment. Our staff provide what may be best described as“supportive counseling” meant to supplement psychotherapy. Each resident is assigned a goals counselor: a staff member with whom the resident meets for one hour each week to discuss a wide range of possible topics. The topics may range from problem-solving everyday issues, (i.e. budgeting, hygiene, scheduling, time management, etc.) to providing advocacy and encouragement, and other types of case management. There is also a weekly house meeting run by the residents to address community issues of the home.

Wellmet is largely an evening program. One staff person is on duty from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday (7:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday). From 6pm-11pm, staff are “on duty” and must be in the common areas of the house. From 11pm-7am, staff are asleep, on-call, in their bedrooms. A resident can request a "check-in" during the evening hours, or ask for help if there is an emergency during the overnight. Otherwise, the staff function as facilitators of social interaction and provide oversight to each individual.

There are no staff on duty during the weekday afternoons, as residents are required to be out of the house between 10am-2pm. Residents may return to the house as early as 2:00 p.m., but staff are not on duty until 6:00 p.m. This means that residents will be unsupervised for several hours during the afternoon, and many hours during the course of the day. Consequently, all residents must be able to self-manage any crisis they may experience. This could entail calling their therapist, following a safety plan, or going to an emergency room.

The “step-down” home is the newest addition to Wellmet Project. This program is for current residents who have demonstrated motivation, stability, and achievement of goals. To be eligible, residents must not have had any major psychiatric concerns and have held day structure for at least six months. This house is for individuals who have exceeded the basic requirements of the program and would benefit from a living situation with less supervision and more independence, all while having the support of staff.