Gateway Homes partners with Health Planning Region II to provide 11 intensive community-based residential treatment homes in Northern Virginia. The homes are licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide 24 hour intensive care, supervision and support with daily living skills. The individuals in these homes are admitted from Northern Virginia Mental Health Hospital and actively pursuing recovery goals with a plan to move to a less restrictive facility in the future. Each resident has an individualized service plan which includes person-centered goals for living as independently as possible in a community setting of his or her choice.
Residents receive education assistance in understanding the role of medication in maintaining psychiatric stability and adhering to medication regimes from a nurse and staff certified in medication administration. Recovery Support Specialists help individuals on a one-to-one basis develop skills for independent living such as daily self-care, food preparation, cleaning, budgeting, managing leisure time, safety skills, pursuing volunteer and employment opportunities, and peer support with a certified peer specialist. A staff psychiatrist meets with each individual for medication and review on an ongoing basis.