The following information is the criteria and process for admission into the Gateway Residential Program :
- Applicant must be female and at least eighteen years old.
- Applicant must be pregnant, or have a child or children 12 years old or younger.
- Due to the risk of the unborn child, pregnant applicants are considered before non-pregnant applicants.
- If the mother does not have custody of her children, the custodian (usually DFCS) must agree to early reunification within 6 months of admission if the mother presents continual clean urinalyses, and is progressing clinically.
- If there are children older than 12, appropriate alternative placement for their shelter must be arranged to the satisfaction of Hodac administrators, the clinical team, and DFCS. This includes plans and provision for the summer when the older children are out of school.
- Applicant must demonstrate a high probability of substance dependence, written on the application form, evidenced by the results from the SASSI administration, and by verbal report during the interview.
- Hodac cannot accept clients with psychiatric issues requiring heavy medications. It is our philosophy that recovery should be as free of medication as possible. While we understand some psychiatric disorders necessitate heavy medications, such problems are beyond the scope of our program. Hodac does not have the funding, expertise, or staff available to meet the needs of heavily-medicated clients or clients in need of heavy medication. This does not include psychiatric conditions commonly associated with substance abuse (anxiety or depression) that might require temporary medical oversight. Hodac hopes that, after stabilizing, the client would not need medications.
- Applicant must be homeless, verified by a Letter of Homelessness
- Clients with more than three children 12 years old and under will be admitted if space is available.
- Applicants must be motivated and ready for treatment. Readiness for treatment is determined by the results of the MAQ (objective), by what the client states in the interview (subjective), and by the interviewers’ clinical impressions (subjective). Hodac seeks clients demonstrating potential for success within its program.