Criteria for Consideration
Applicants to New Lifestyles are evaluated and considered for admission on an individual basis based on a number of factors including diagnosis and behavioral and substance abuse history. Characteristics of individuals that could indicate New Lifestyles is not an appropriate placement include:
- Mental Retardation/Borderline Intellectual Functioning*
- Active Psychosis**
- Active Substance Abuse**
- Active Suicidality**
- Active/History of Danger to Others***
- History of Assault/Violence***
- Medicaid/SSI Benefits (New Lifestyles is not a provider)
*New Lifestyles program is complex and is not designed for individuals with borderline intellectual functioning or MR diagnoses. Furthermore, our facilities are not equipped to manage the special needs of individuals diagnosed with MR (note that Borderline intellectual functioning is not synonymous with Borderline Personality Disorder).
**An active status in these areas typically indicates need for an alternative environment (e.g., psychiatric hospital, substance abuse rehab/wilderness). Students with these concerns are often considered at New Lifestyles after they have established stability in another environment.
***Because New Lifestyles strives to maintain a safe environment for our students, individuals with a history of assault and/or violence toward others are almost always inappropriate for admission. Additionally, students who present as a danger to others are innappropriate for admission.