Prospective residents and their families must demonstrate the willingness and capacity for treatment along with a personal pay financial commitment. Admission is entirely voluntary and a prospective resident’s ability to make use of the treatment is assessed during the assessment process. Residents must agree to abide by the Yellowbrick Community Agreements as described in the Yellowbrick Handbook. These Agreements allow for a safe individual and Community process which supports adaptive rather than self-damaging choices.
Residents will be encouraged to perform a minimum of three hours per week of volunteer work in the community. Most residents, after a period of full participation, will also be working or attending school on a part-time basis. Intensive group programming is scheduled during the early morning into early afternoon to allow for daily community, educational or career building activities.
Residents are expected to attend all treatments and to learn how to accept help and invite assistance from others to diminish symptoms. However, the treatment community does not assume responsibility for residents’ choices. It is accepted that residents may have periods of symptomatic behavior. Through periodic treatment review, Quality Assurance, consultation, and the Community process, it will be determined if an individual’s persistent symptomatic behavior represents his or her inability to further benefit from Yellowbrick at that time.
Random breathalyzer and urine toxicology tests will also be required for all residents and staff. Anyone bringing alcohol or illegal substances into Yellowbrick will be reviewed for administrative discharge. This will also apply to any contraband that, if misused, presents a threat to the safety or integrity of the Yellowbrick or Evanston community. Yellowbrick is a non-smoking and non-vaping Residence. The only true rules at Yellowbrick are related to fire safety; no open flames in The Residence and required participation in fired drills.
Personal safety is considered an individual responsibility, with professionals and the community providing support for the residents’ struggle to maintain their self-management. All explicit or implicit threats to safety will result in assessment for increased support of various kinds within Yellowbrick or, as necessary, transfer to the North Shore University Evanston Hospital Emergency Room.