Phase I

Residents’ experience will be focused in our home community, including participation in group and individual therapy where they will learn the core skills necessary to be prepared for life in the outside world. This includes groups such as DBT Skills Training, Roles and Relationships, Understanding Your Symptoms ,and planning for meals and outside outings. For residents with addiction and substance use disorders, this will also include community-based support groups, such as AA, NA, Smart Recovery. They will also meet regularly with a vocational rehabilitation specialist, a life skills specialist, and in 1:1 therapy with their primary clinician. In phase 1, residents will be asked to participate in the activities of community life, including caring for our animals, helping with food preparation, gardening, and planning for meals and outside outings. This allows residents to learn how to live and function as responsible members of our community with the goal of taking these skills with them as they enter the world outside of our community.

Phase II

Residents will be prepared to engage in vocational and/or educational opportunities in our local Southern Vermont community. With the full support and guidance of our treatment team, they will be offered opportunities to go to school and/or volunteer for up to 20 hours a week while remaining a part of the PATH program, house, and community. Residents will be given assistance in finding jobs or classes in their area of interests and will have their vocational rehabilitation specialist and life skills coach work with them to perform these roles effectively. The transition into this phase will involve assessment and evaluation, addressing interests and skills, and will begin the process of mapping out a plan for a successful reintegration into the world beyond treatment. During this phase, residents continue to participate in group therapy, such as DBT, as well as individual therapy and family therapy.

Phase III

Residents will be asked to take these skills into their larger home communities. Our therapeutic team will work with residents to find a job or school in the community that they plan to transition to and help them complete the necessary application processes. During Phase 3, it is also expected that a resident will go on a pass to visit family and/or the place that they plan to relocate to and then return to PATH to process that experience and focus on strategizing for relapse prevention. Prior to transition from our program, residents will have an established plan for living, including individual and/or group therapy, community-based support groups (such as AA, NA, Smart Recovery), and active employment/educational placement. This will include a personalized relapse prevention plan to encompass psychiatric and substance use disorder challenges.


PATH at Stone Summit does not accept insurance assignment to cover the cost of treatment. We will provide billing statements for residents who choose to file for reimbursement through their carriers.