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Pathfinder, a community re-integration program

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average length of stay?
We ask that clients make a minimal commitment of three months. The average length of stay is five months, which includes several months spent in the apartment-living option, followed by graduation to the day or independent-living option.
How many hours of individual therapy do clients receive each week?
Clients receive one hour per week of individual therapy. They may contract with a therapist for additional hours if needed.
How often does family therapy take place?
Family therapy takes place once per week, although many clients have additional sessions or "check-ins" to monitor progress more frequently.
Do we help clients find a community psychiatrist to treat them while they're in the program?
Yes, we assist clients in finding a community psychiatrist, with whom they will meet regularly. In addition, we will communicate regularly with the psychiatrist as well so that we can coordinate the entire spectrum of care for our clients and develop a cohesive wellness plan, which is an essential aspect of the recovery process.
Do we provide specialized services like eating disorders treatment or addictions/chemical dependency treatment? Is everyone sober?
We have a certified addictions counselor on staff. In addition, there are hundreds of AA and NA meetings throughout Houston that clients may participate in. Other clients pursue sobriety using Smart Recovery or evidence-based practices like cognitive-behavioral therapy or harm reduction. Still other clients maintain their wellness without these sobriety support services.
At Pathfinder, all clients are sober even if addiction has not been an issue.
Does Pathfinder help clients find aftercare?
Yes, we help clients find aftercare by accessing our local and national resources. Most importantly, each client leaves Pathfinder with a comprehensive plan for their wellness, which extends beyond psychiatric aftercare.
What's the difference between the apartment- and independent-living options?
With apartment living, clients have support from the milieu, a resident advisor accessible at all times and the chance to continue learning and practicing everyday living skills.
Why is the apartment-living option more expensive?
This option costs more because it offers more: resident advisor who's available 24/7; an apartment environment selected with safety in mind; transportation to and from Pathfinder, work and volunteer activities, group activities, etc.; and additional peer support.
What meals are covered by the cost of the program?
Meals are not included in the program cost. Clients should budget for meals and other food-related expenses in their weekly budget.
Does Pathfinder distribute client medications?
Clients are responsible for taking and complying with their medication regimes. However, staff members will help with reminders and with developing a plan to ensure medications are distributed safely and in accordance with each client's needs.
Does Pathfinder provide or guarantee jobs?
No, we don't provide jobs or guarantee that clients will find jobs. We do, however, provide vocational training and assessments, help with writing resumes and mock interviews so that clients are prepared for interviews.
Can clients bring a computer, cell phone or car?
Yes, we encourage clients to bring electronic devices, especially cell phones. Since we provide transportation, clients do not need cars. If a client brings a car, its use will only be allowed insofar as the Pathfinder team agrees that the client is ready for that level of responsibility.
What's not covered by the cost of the program?
In addition to the cost of Pathfinder, clients will need to budget for other costs, including community psychiatrist's appointments, extra therapy appointments, cleaning supplies, toiletries, medications and co-pays, entertainment expenses and meals.
Can clients go home and visit family?
We encourage clients to go home and visit family or to visit the community they'll move to after completing the Pathfinder program. We especially encourage these visits as they near discharge. Setting up a support network and a schedule in the area where a client will be living increases the likelihood of a successful transition to the next phase of independence.
Can clients have pets?
Pets are not allowed in the Pathfinder apartments. As clients transition from the apartment-living option to the independent-living option, they often reunite with their personal pets as a way to increase personal responsibility and promote healthy attachment relationships.
Who is responsible for transportation?
Pathfinder provides all transportation. Clients are welcome to use our fleet of bicycles or to coordinate transportation with fellow clients who have their own cars. Some clients take taxis or rent cars to run errands as they take more responsibility for independent living.
What do you recommend as a typical weekly budget for a client?
This will vary according to each client, but we typically recommend budgeting $250-300 per week.