Below is a sample of frequently asked questions, please call or email for more information
what does a typical day look like on the farm?
Residents awake each morning and prepare themselves for an active day by showering, eating breakfast and then attending to whatever morning chores may be assigned to them that day. The animals on the farm eagerly await that morning visit as they too are ready for breakfast and have no idea what "sleeping in" means!
Later in the morning some residents will have individual or group sessions with their Clinician which will involve additional activity on and around the farm. Other residents may leave the farm on a staff-led group hike, to attend appointments, assist staff on a supply run to the feed store, the hardware store, or to stop by one of neighboring farms to lend a hand or swap supplies.
Afternoons provide ample opportunity for reading, time on the computer, phone calls, a visit to the gym or the local peer recovery center, laundry etc...
Evenings include the last feeding of the day for the animals, dinner for residents, educational groups in the house or outside support meetings, game and movie nights, campfires and other activities.
who is a good fit for the farm?
Adult men 18+ who have been diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder, who may also have co-occurring mental/behavioral health needs, are eligible to apply to the Carl E. Dahl House at Cass Farm. The ideal resident has already completed some form of treatment and is looking to transition to longer term care. New residents must be stable in regard to both their physical and mental health as we are not an acute care facility. Any applicant must also be aware that life on a farm requires physical work and should be prepared for such.
how long should i stay?
Each resident will design their own person-centered plan, but we strongly recommend a stay of at least 90 days. Many residents elect to stay for 6-12 months. Residents seeking step down opportunities after the farm have access to GAAMHA's Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs throughout Central and Western Massachusetts.
what should i bring?
New residents should come prepared to live and work on a farm. This means comfortable, seasonally appropriate work clothes that WILL get dirty. Good farm/muck boots are a must! Rain gear year round and cold weather gear in colder months are needed. Casual clothes for trips into town and to attend appointments. Picture ID and any Health Insurance cards should be brought. Cell phones and laptops are allowed and high-speed wifi is available in the house (program rules may specify where and when these items may be used). Each room has cable tv available so a small TV is allowed, but remember that time to watch tv may be somewhat limited. Toiletries and personal care items will be necessary. Bedding/sheets are provided (all beds are full/double size). Recreational items are suggested, although we strive to provide some of these items when we can. Almost any item needed can be purchased within a few minutes ride from the farm. Residents travelling from far away may want to consider this when packing to make travel easier.
can family and friends visit the farm?
Family involvement in the recovery of an individual is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Residents will take time to acclimate to their new surroundings at the farm before hosting any guests. After the first month or so, residents will work with their Clinician and the Therapeutic Farm Manager to arrange visits with family and friends at the farm. Visiting hours are typically reserved for Sundays between 12 pm and 5 pm. In the best interests of our residents, we respectfully insist that no surprise or unscheduled visits occur.
While we are staunch supporters of tobacco cessation and offer many support opportunities for those interested in quitting, tobacco use is permitted in designated areas on the farm. Use of any tobacco or nicotine product inside of buildings, or improper disposal of these products will result in an immediate discharge from the program.
Monthly tuition payments cover the cost of room and board, individual and group counseling by our licensed clinicians, transportation to and from medical appointments/meetings/shopping etc, and most recreational activities. We are a private pay program and do not accept health insurances of any kind. Your health insurance may be used to cover the cost of medications and when using the services of other medical/dental/behavioral health providers in the community. Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check, major credit card or PayPal. Tuition fees are paid in advance and are non-refundable. Any resident who leaves the program early may receive a pro-rated credit toward a future stay. Discounts are available when tuition fees are purchased in advance, ask us for details when enrolling.
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