The Program

Phase II: Planning for Life

Life Skills Development and Academic & Vocational Planning

Preparative Care℠ derives its name from the concept of readying clients for all aspects of a rich life after Turnbridge. Whereas Phase I lays the foundation for the healthy mind, body and behavior needed to move forward, Phase II begins the process of planning for what comes next.

Phase II clients continue extended care mental health treatment and life skills development. They are also introduced to an educational planning process that ensures they are ready to pursue the educational, employment, and vocational goals of their choosing. Our Case Managers, Vocational Coordinators, and Academic Advisers work with each client to develop an individualized extended care plan suited to their talents, needs, and desires.

Phase II clients begin learning to maintain and follow their own daily and weekly schedules. They begin to practice preparing meals, shopping for groceries, budgeting, attending classes and meetings, and navigating public transportation. They take part in leisure and adventure activities of their choice. At our Clinical Center, clients receive individualized therapy and medication management. Toward the culmination of Phase II, the apprehension of uncertainty is giving way to the excitement of opportunity.

Phase 2 Coordinated Services:

Clinical Care

Phase II clients continue working one-on-one with their Primary Therapist and Primary Psychiatric Provider and attend group therapy sessions. The trust and sense of therapeutic alliance that’s been established during Phase I supports a client in Phase II as he begins to encounter and process new responsibilities. By Phase II, clients have been adhering to healthy daily routines for a period of time and substances have metabolized out, enabling diagnostic clarity.

Case Management

Phase II Case Managers seamlessly pick up where Phase I Case Managers leave off. They continue leading and coordinating the client’s extended care  mental health treatment program and act as the central point of contact for family members. The Case Manager also helps develop the new individualized Phase II Continuing Care Plan that addresses recovery support, educational goals, employment, life skills acquisition, and family relationship building.

Educational Planning

Beginning in Phase II, Academic Advisors help each client identify, apply to, and register for the high school, college or university program that best matches their needs and desires. Optional tutoring is offered to help client with coursework. More information on our suite of academic support services can be found here.

Employment and Volunteering

Turnbridge’s Employment and Volunteer Coordinators maintain relationships with many of New Haven’s agencies and businesses. This connection provides Phase II clients with a wide variety of work and opportunities for volunteering suited to their interests and backgrounds.

Support Staff and Resident Liaisons

As Phase II clients begin to work, learn and volunteer in the local community, Turnbridge’s ever present Support Staff become role models of the dress, behavior, and work ethic needed to succeed.

Family Program

Phase II family members continue attending Family Healing Workshops and Parent Support Groups to learn more about addiction, participate in the treatment process, and heal. Many Phase II families begin using their experience and newfound insights to help support new Turnbridge families.


Phase II clients continue working new and existing forms of recreation and leisure into their weekly schedules and routines while at extended care rehab. Also during Phase II, clients are encouraged to expand their activities and social circles to support the safe, healthy social life crucial to the Turnbridge Promise.

Health & Wellness

Phase II sees clients taking more responsibility for their own healthy eating and exercise. While Phase II Chef and Kitchen Staff provide the daily meals, clients are taught how to grocery shop and cook balanced meals for themselves. Clients also learn how to use local transportation to get to the gym or other wellness activities.

Support Group Attendance

Phase II Clients use the sober network relationships developed in Phase I to find transportation to their 6 weekly support group meetings.