Pathway-to-Parenting Time Program

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Our Pathways-to-Parenting Time Program is designed as a wrap-around treatment approach for families in which one parent is exercising less than guideline visitations. We work collaboratively with Parents, Attorneys, Guardian Ad Litem's, Parenting Coordinators, and other helping professionals. Our approach combines counseling, parenting education, co-parenting education, supervised visitations, case management, and frequent family team meetings to help you and your co-parent make informed decisions that are in the best interest of your children.

 

Our program is designed for families in which one parent has less then Guideline Visitations due to:  

  1. A significant period of absence away from their children

  2. Past drug or alcohol issues which are in remission

  3. Mental health issues which are now being effectively managed 

  4. Allegations of child abuse which have been investigated and unfounded  

  5. Cases in which a child is refusing contact with their parent  
     

 When successful, our program saves time, money, and emotional turmoil.

How the Process Works 

Collaboration

Facilitation 

Parenting

Agreement

Pathway

to

Parenting Time

Evaluation & Assessment

(1-2 weeks)

Treatment

(Weekly for 6-8 weeks) 

Evaluation and Assessment (Conducted by Angeline R. Schuller, MSW, LCSW, NCCE, NCPC, who stays in the role of evaluating clinician) 

Our evaluations and assessments are tailored to the needs of your family.  During the assessment process, our Professionals may choose to:

  • Interview Parents and Children        

  • Administer, Score, and Interpret Mental Health Screenings

  • Perform Parenting Assessments

  • Review Documentation Provided by the Parties 

  • Run Criminal Background Checks

  • Conduct Interviews with Collateral Sources

  • Inspect Home Environments  

  • Request Drug or Alcohol Testing through Choice DNA

  • Refer parties for psychological testing with Dr. Christopher Zacny, PsyD, HSPP

Treatment (Conducted by separate therapists to maintain the courts requirements for role separation) 

Once the Evaluations and Assessments are completed, a treatment plan will be developed which outlines the steps needed to address the identified concerns.  Treatment recommendations may include, but are not limited to the following: 
 

  • Individual Counseling 

  • Family Counseling 

  • 6 Week Co-Parenting Education Classes

  • Co-Parenting Counseling

  • Case Management

    • Soberlink Monitoring

    • Substance Abuse Monitoring

    • Professional Oversight of Our Family Wizard (OFW)

  • Supervised and Therapeutically Supervised Visitations 

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment

  • Parenting Education

  • Crisis Intervention

Collaboration/Settlement Conferences 

We strive to collaborate with legal and mental health professionals throughout the assessment and treatment process, including, Guardian Ad Litem's, Parenting Coordinators, Treatment Providers, and Attorneys.  We host family team meetings once the evaluation phase is complete, and every (60) sixty days thereafter.  Once the treatment goals have been met, a final settlement conference is held. 

Discharge 

Discharge occurs once the parenting time issues have been sufficiently addressed and resolved.  After discharge the families are encouraged to come back and address any concerns that arise in a therapeutic setting as needed. 

Duration of Treatment

The assessment phase takes 1-2 weeks depending on the cooperation levels of all parties involved.  The active phase of treatment takes 6- 8 weeks on average.  However, in cases in which a Child is rejecting a parent, the treatment can take up to 1 year.  

Cost of Treatment & Interventions

The following services can usually be billed to Insurance: 

  • Initial Intake- $200.00 per person 

  • Individual Counseling- $120.00 per (45 minutes), $160.00 for (60 Minutes)

  • Family Counseling- $160.00 per 50 minutes

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment- $120.00- $160.00 an hour

We are in network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Behavioral Health, MD Wise, Anthem HIP and Medicare. Financial assistance may be available for low-income families through the DRCB and other community programs.

The following services are generally not billable to insurance: 

 

  • 6 Week Co-Parenting Class-$300.00 per person

  • Co-Parenting Counseling- $80.00 per 50 minutes 

  • Case Management- $150.00 an hour

    • Soberlink Monitoring

    • Substance Abuse Monitoring 

    • Professional Oversight of Our Family Wizard (OFW)

  • Drug Testing- Through Choice DNA ~$50.00 per test

  • Supervised Visitations- $40.00 an hour

  • Therapeutically Supervised Visitations- $60.00 - $80.00 an hour 

  • Crisis Intervention- $150.00 an hour (Billed in 15 minute Intervals) 

  • Family Team Meetings and Settlement Conferences- $150.00 an hour per in house provider

  • Status Updates- $600.00

  • Home Inspections - $200.00 +Transportation 

  • Transportation- $50.00 an hour 

  • Court Appearances 

    • Preparation for Court- $150.00 an hour

    • Time in Court until Dismissed- $600.00 retainer per provider billed at the rate of $200.00 an hour

  • Other Possible Expenses

    • Our Family Wizard- $120.00 a year

    • Soberlink- $300.00 initial equipment purchase and $100.00- $200.00 a month for monitoring 

 

Sample Agreed Order for the Pathways to Parenting Time Program

Comes now, ____________, by way of counsel, ___________, and _______________, by way of counsel _____________________, with an agreed order regarding parenting time in the above referenced matter. After appropriate consideration, the parties agree and stipulate to, and the courts so orders, that the parties: 

  1. Participate in the Pathways-to-Parenting Time Program through New Vista Behavioral Health, which may include, but is not limited to: therapeutic supervised parenting time, supervised parenting time, mental health assessments, parenting assessments, psychological assessments, psychological testing, reunification counseling, individual counseling, co-parenting counseling, and case coordination/case management services. 
     

  2. Contact New Vista Behavioral Health within 7 days of this signed order to complete an intake assessment.
     

  3. Upon the recommendations of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parties agree to submit to drug testing, alcohol monitoring, and professional oversight of parenting apps, such as, Soberlink, or Our Family Wizard.
     

  4. The parties agree to follow the direction of the therapists at New Vista Behavioral Health regarding the progression or cessation of parenting time with the children as therapeutically appropriate.
     

  5. A Family Team Meeting will be held every 60 days to assess progress and eligibility for increases in parenting time. The meeting shall include the parties, their prospective attorneys, mental health professionals, visitation supervisors, and any other individuals deemed appropriate by New Vista Behavioral Health.
     

  6. New Vista Behavioral Health will make every effort to help parents come to agreements about the progression or cessation of parenting time. However, if an agreement can not be reached, New Vista Behavioral Health will issue formal recommendations.

    • If the recommendation is for the progression of parenting time, either party has 10 days to file an objection with the courts if they are not in agreement.

      • A copy of the objection is to be served to the parties, and New Vista Behavioral Health

      • Once an objection is filed, parenting time will not increase until ordered by a Judge

      • If either party fails to file an objection within 10 days, the recommendations of New Vista Behavioral Health become binding

    • If the recommendation is for the cessation of parenting time, this will go into effect immediately

      • The parent who disagrees with this recommendation has the right to file an objection with the court, but the recommendation will remain in effect until changed by the courts
         

  7. New Vista Behavioral Health will file a Status Update with the courts 10 days prior to an evidentiary hearing, or 3 days prior to an emergency hearing. 
     

  8. Program Costs

    • The cost of individual therapy and case management services for the parents will be the sole financial responsibility of the parent receiving treatment. 

    • The cost of the children’s therapy, including family/reunification counseling, shall be subject to the 6% rule, and then shared with Father paying ____% and Mother paying ____%.

    • The cost of therapeutically supervised visitations shall be shared with Father paying ____% and Mother paying ____%.

    • The cost of family team meetings, settlement conferences, case coordination, documentation review, report writing, preparation for court, travel to court, and court appearances, shall be divided at the rate of 50% per parent, subject to reapportionment by the courts. 

Signed and dated this ____ day of _______, 20____,

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Please e-mail signed orders to: aschuller@newvistanwi.com