First contact should be by phone with our Helpline for a pre-screen. Once an applicant is referred for an in-person interview, two staff members will screen the potential client to determine their appropriateness for the program, by applying the Screening/Admission and Exclusion Criteria below. If the potential client is determined to be inappropriate for our program then suitable referrals will be provided.

To be admitted into the program, the potential client must:

  • Be admitted voluntarily
  • Be 25 years of age or older
  • Be seeking recovery from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Be medically stable
  • Meet HUD definition for homelessness
  • Be planning to make Cobb County his or her home
  • Not be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Have adequate control over his/her behavior and assessed not to be imminently dangerous to themselves or others
  • Express a desire to recover from addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Be assessed as medically appropriate and free of any illness that requires isolation from others
  • Have the capacity for active participation in all phases of the program
  • Be ambulatory (including with the use of a wheelchair or walker) and meet personal needs without assistance
  • Must be able to work a 40-hour workweek
  • Commit to be a resident of the program for a minimum of nine months
Potential clients will be excluded from consideration if they are:
  • A registered sex offender
  • A person with a criminal history of violent offenses
  • A man or woman who has sole physical custody of their minor child(ren)

Those seeking admittance into our program who meet one or more exclusion criterion will be referred, whenever possible, to the program best equipped to meet their needs.