A new partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program that will open next month in Santa Monica, Calif., will rely heavily on building a one-on-one relationship between a patient and what the organization is calling a “recovery advocate.” The advocate’s role will not mirror that of a 12-Step sponsor, but instead will involve assisting individuals with integrating recovery and basic life skills such as applying for a job or overcoming bad credit.
“Oftentimes these issues are what keep our clients stuck,” says Jennifer Musselman, who will serve as Thrive Treatment’s chief operating officer when the outpatient facility opens in mid-August. A maximum of 49 patients will be served at the PHP and IOP levels in the coed facility, with the possibility of an evening program being added in 2016.
Clayton Ketchum, whose background includes establishing a young-adult recovery community in West Los Angeles, is the founder of Thrive Treatment, which will accept both self-pay and out-of-network insurance arrangements. Musselman says that the recovery advocates likely will be culled from Thrive Treatment’s own alumni and from individuals whom Ketchum has personally mentored. An attempt will be made to match the interests of the patient and the advocate.