The Crisis and Housing Response Team (CHRT) is designed to provide recovery-oriented services and supports for at-risk Veterans, First Responders, and others in the community. The 90-day program focuses on goal-/achievement-oriented approaches to satisfying one’s motivation of needs and improving one’s quality of life. These recovery-based frameworks provide pragmatic, person- centered approaches to working with individuals who face unique mental, physical, and emotional risks due to a variety of different life changing events.

Upon entering the program, participants will partake in a multidimensional assessment process in which mutually agreed upon goals and targets of change will be identified and goal-attainment steps will be determined and codified (i.e., signed agreements). After the initial assessment, based on the participants’ unique needs, the care team will coordinate services and supports— both in- house and with partner organizations; this process is transparent and participatory.

In-house services and supports that are available to all program participants:

✓       Recovery Coaches

  • Peer Mentors
  • Social Workers
  • Canine Trainers
  • Case Manager
  • Employment Specialist
  • Housing Specialist
  • Fitness & Mindfulness Instructor
  • Transportation


In addition to the dynamic and diverse services and supports offered, our program focuses on structure and accountability. Although each participant will have individualized schedules, below is an example of a typical day.



5:30 – 6:00am Morning meditation
6:00 – 7:00am Breakfast and personal hygiene
7:00 – 7:30am Daily group check-in(going over plans &responsibilities for the day)
7:30 – 8:00am Morning chores (cleaning house)
8:00 – 10:00am Group activity (e.g., morning walk/exercise)
10:00 – 12:00pm Job search and/or volunteering in community


12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00pm In-House Recovery Group
2:00 – 4:00pm Peer-support activities and/or animal-assisted activities
4:00 – 6:00pm Dinner and free time
7:00 – 9:00pm Suggested, outside recovery meetings
9:30 – 10:00pm Nightly self-reflection and daily debriefing

*There will be a staff person on sight 24/7.


Goal & Objectives


  • Improve recovery-related outcomes
  • Improve qualities of life
  • Provide safe and secure housing

•         Provide in-house therapists and social workers.

  • Provide case-management
  • Provide in-house peer-recovery support services.
  • Provide
  • Provide employment support (resume building, interviewing skills, job search ,).
  • Provide mindfulness and physical activities
  • Provide and/or coordinate transportation (if needed).
  • Provide in-house canine-assisted therapy and


Methods and Activities

All the methods and activities below are designed to have a positive impact on eight critical domains related to quality of life:


  1. Emotional well-being – contentment, self-concept, lack of stress
  2. Interpersonal relations – interactions, relationships, family, supports
  3. Material well-being – financial status, employment, housing
  4. Personal development – education, personal competence, self-efficacy
  5. Physical well-being–health and healthcare, activities of daily living, exercise
  6. Self-determination – autonomy / personal control, personal goals, choices
  7. Social inclusion – community integration and participation, roles, supports
  8. Rights – legal, human (respect, dignity, equality)

Canine-Assisted Therapy and Activities offered daily

As a therapeutic approach, animal-assisted activities & therapies have many well-documented benefits for those struggling with substance abuse, mental health and trauma-related issues:

  • Decreases stress
  • Provides motivation for treatment
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Increases focus and attention
  • Improves communication and social skills
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Elevates mood levels
  • Reduces loneliness and isolation (Carper, Bartone, & Petty, 2016).


Canine-Related Education, Training, & Activities offered weekly

  • Canine Care
  • Safe Dog Handling
  • Canine Communication &Behavior
  • Kennel Maintenance
  • Animal Welfare
  • Canine Commands & Obedience
  • Socialization Exercises
  • Service-Related Tasks
  • Obstacle Course Navigation
  • 5 week K-9/Handler certification


Team-building activities offered daily

  • Game nights
  • Barbeques/family-style dinners
  • Sports/recreation
  • Nature walks/hikes


Leadership-building activities

  • Volunteerism
  • Peer-coaching
  • Facilitating groups
  • Service dog teams


Substance Use Education & Supports offered daily

  • Substance Use/Abuse Education
  • Mutual-support groups
  • Peer-Recovery Coaches
  • Peer-Support Training
  • Life Coaches


Other Trainings & Workshops

  • Resume Building
  • Interviewing skills
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Meditation/Relaxation
  • Grief & Loss
  • Exercise/Fitness