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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.
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.
If all parties agree that it looks like a good match, the next step is to schedule a visit and/or admission date. Our CEO travels to those that are more comfortable meeting in their own environment or need an evaluation while still inpatient. Please call to set up a private visit.
Due to covid restrictions, all evaluations outside of Vermonts travel free zone will be offered with Zoom or an alternative videoconferencing system.
Is your program a farm work program?
No. While there are opportunities to work in our gardens, our program is not farm-based. We use the IPS, individual placement and services model for vocational needs. Please call for a more detailed description.
Do you offer equine therapy?
No. We no longer board horses on our property and do not offer equine therapy.
What diagnoses do you provide treatment for? Do you provide substance abuse services?
While we do not limit our program to a specific list of diagnoses, we generally work with individuals suffering from symptoms related to illnesses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bi-polar, depression, anxiety etc. 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.
Do you accept insurance?
Averte has no current contracts with private insurance.
Medicare and Medicaid do not see Averte as a provider.
Do you work with teens? What is the age range of your residents?
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 thirties into the seventies.
Are therapy, group, and activity attendance mandatory?
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.
What is the average stay at Averte?
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. Admission into our transitional program at the main campus tend to average between 3 – 9 months. Extended stay options are available within the Averte system.
What can Clients bring with them to Averte?
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.
What is a typical day like at Averte?
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.
What is your policy on electronics.
Electronic items such as; laptops, mobile phones and i-pads are welcome as long as they do not become barriers to attending treatment. If these items are used in lieu of attending a therapy session, a group or a therapeutic activity, a team meeting will be held to facilitate a reasonable change.