“Is there a minimum stay required?”
We have found that it takes time to develop the skills necessary for successful independent living with a mental illness. The minimum stay for our residential programs is six months, with many residents choosing to stay longer. With regard to average length of stay, Elpida Residential Programs tends to serve two groups of residents. One group is looking to gain specific skills to move out into the broader community as quickly as possible. Approximately half of our residents, however, find that they benefit from the structure, community and support, and choose to make Elpida their long-term home.
“Who is the typical resident of Elpida House?”
The residents who come to Elpida Residential Programs are diverse in terms of age, religious background, and diagnoses. They tend to be well-educated, many with advanced degrees, with supportive families. It is the policy of Elpida Residential Programs that no one be denied admission to services on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. In order to maintain a safe, supportive living environment, however, individuals with a history of violent behavior, who have been diagnosed as mentally disordered sex offenders, who are actively suicidal, homicidal, or who are using or abusing street drugs or alcohol, are not eligible for our program.