Freedom House is a residential treatment program designed to help adults with severe mental illness or with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and mild developmental disability to achieve greater independence by developing vocational and independent living skills.

All programming is built on and linked to the D.R.I.V.E.® for Life foundational principles:

  • Discipline
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Vision
  • Excellence

The D.R.I.V.E.® program wraps around the individual to encourage, mentor and educate them in how to set and achieve both short- and long-term goals for lifelong success. A trauma-informed approach will be used throughout the program.


The program provides weekly individual therapy and group therapy with a master’s prepared clinician, along with psychiatric, nursing and behavioral supports. These intensive services address the underlying mental health needs and educational gaps so they may transition successfully to greater independence.

  • Clinical assessment.
  • Medication administration.
  • Nursing, as needed.
  • Therapeutic treatment milieu, 24 hours per day.
  • Social skills groups.
  • Work skills training.
  • Independent living skills/moral development.
  • Activity therapy.
  • Personal care and community living supports.
  • Volunteer opportunities.
  • Discharge planning.
  • Transportation for emergency appointments if other transportation cannot be arranged.

Average length of stay is nine to twelve months.

Admission Criteria

  • Inclusive of all genders, ages 17 or older.
  • Individuals have a primary mental illness diagnosis and may be dually diagnosed with a mild intellectual/developmental disability.
  • History of institutional foster care or residential services.
  • Must meet the requirements for Personal Care in Licensed Specialized Residential Settings as detailed in the Medicaid Provider manual.
  • Community Living Supports (CLS) will also be provided, as a complement to, and in conjunction with, Personal Care services.
  • Must be motivated to engage in program activities and pursue goals related to education, employment and independent living.
  • Individual must not require 24-hour a day medical supervision.

For referral, eligibility and admission questions, please call us at 616.281.0061 (phone prompt #3).