Admissions Process


Complete an Application

If you or a loved one would like to enter our program, the first step is to complete an application for admission. Application takes 5 minutes to complete.


Release Medical Records

We will also need to review records from the applicant’s most recent mental health providers. The applicant (or Legal Guardian, if there is one) will need to give verbal or written permission for the providers to release this information to Averte.


Schedule a Visit

If all parties agree that it looks like a good match, the next step is to schedule a visit and/or admission date.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. While there are opportunities to work in our gardens, our program is not farm-based.

No.  We no longer board horses on our property and do not offer equine therapy.

While we do not limit our program to a specific list of diagnoses, we generally work with individuals suffering from an illness with a psychotic component such as Schizophrenia or Bi-Polar disorder. While we do provide support for people with co-occurring disorders, we do not work with individuals who have a primary diagnosis in this category.

Most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, will not pay for our program. If you are considering applying to Averte and expect your insurance plan to pay for all or part of our services, we highly recommend calling your insurance company and speaking with a representative to request prior authorization.

Our licensing only allows us to accept adults age 18 years and older into or program. Our main campus generally has a younger population averaging in their twenties and early thirties while our other three locations have a wider age range, from twenties into seventies.

We strongly believe that the more our program is utilized, the more progress a resident will make. However, we recognize that each individual must engage at his or her own pace and comfort level. While participation in our clinical and residential programming is strongly and regularly encouraged, non-participation will not result in discharge.

The length of stay at Averte can range from months to years depending on the needs and goals of the individual. Upon arrival, an in-depth assessment will identify needs and strengths, and create a treatment plan that best supports them in achieving their goals.

Unless a personal item will impose a risk to the welfare or peace of others (i.e. weapons, etc.), or is impractical (too large to fit comfortably in a bedroom) any personal item, including furniture and bed linens may be brought in with a new resident. Weapons, non-prescribed drugs, and alcohol are strictly forbidden.

All of our houses operate as large family households, with morning medications and breakfast available at 8am. Lunch is at noon, and Dinner is at 5pm. Evening medications are generally between 8 and 9pm.

Each day’s schedule varies, but typical morning activities include volunteer opportunities (meals-on-wheels delivery, local senior center, community hiking trail maintenance, etc.), visits to a local gym, yoga, and outdoor activities such as walking around a local golf course.

Everyone gathers back at the house for lunch, then afternoon activities begin. These include group therapy sessions, hikes, shopping trips, art classes, and more.

After dinner, the house quiets down and the majority of staff go home for the day. Many evenings residents and staff will gather for an evening chat, a game of basketball, or perhaps settle in the living room to watch a movie or television program. Some residents enjoy hobbies such as knitting and crochet, and may spend time with evening staff who share their interest.

Residents are also encouraged to help plan activities that are of particular interest to them, such as going to a local farmer’s market or art gallery.

Contact Admissions Office

If you would like to apply for admission to our program, you may download and print our application from this page, or call Shannon at 802-222-9394 to submit an application by phone. You may also request a faxed, emailed, or mailed application.

Application Form

Completed applications may be faxed to 802-222-4882 or mailed, emailed to the following address’:

Att: Shannon Bergholm
2122 Lower Plain
Bradford, VT 05033