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 than 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.

Benefits for the Custodial Parent 

Often after a prolonged absence or adverse event, custodial parents are concerned about the safety of their children in the care of the non-custodial parent.  Our program listens to your concerns and builds a plan to address them.  Our program also helps to systematically transition your children back into parenting time with the non-custodial parent, while allowing the children to explore and address their feelings so they can heal and move forward.  Through our program, you will learn to work with your co-parent to address concerns about the children and negotiate solutions and improve communication skills.        

Benefits for the Non-Custodial Parent 

Our program provides a systematic way in which you can demonstrate you are fit to care for your children at a level of Guideline Visitations.  This program is designed to be an alternative to litigation in which all family members work together for the best interest of the children.  In most cases, non-custodial parents are able to reach Guideline Visitations within 6- 12 months. Please consult with a licensed attorney about the projected length of time and cost of litigation through a final hearing.  On average, our program saves a significant amount of time and money. 

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 an independently licensed clinician who stays in the evaluating role) 

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 Court's 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 after that.  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 rejects a parent, the treatment can take up to 1 year.  

Cost of Treatment & Interventions


Initial Retainer
 

There is a $1000.00 retainer that must be paid before the start of services.  This retainer covers the cost of services that are unable to be billed to Insurance. When funds are exhausted, you will be sent a statement outlining the expenses and requesting an additional retainer.  

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 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 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

We can only provide this service through a court order, which should be e-mailed to: aschuller@newvistanwi.com.  Angeline Schuller, or her designated staff member, will send you the intake paperwork and set up your initial assessment. 

How many days a week should I set aside to participate in this program?

At first, our program is intensive as we employ many interventions to help stabilize your family.  Initially, you can expect to be in the office 2-3 days a week. However, this should taper down to 1-2 days a week once the situation improves.  After the non-custodial parent reaches Guideline Visitations, they are discharged from our program.  However, we recommend that the family return for maintenance services once a month for three months after discharge and on an as-needed basis after that. 

Why are so many different mental health professionals involved in my case?

In general, the courts require that there only be one clinician-to-one service role per individual.  For example, the co-parenting counselor can not be the individual counselor for one of the parents.  Each parent needs to have a separate individual counselor.  The same child therapist can see the children for individual therapy, but the same therapist can not provide family therapy. 

What is the success rate of our program? 

 

Since initially launching the program in 2019, the success rate has been about 50/50.  We define success as parents being able to come to their agreements about the best interest of their children without the need for further litigation. Why so low, you may ask?  Unfortunately, not everyone who is referred to our program is ready to exercise parenting time. 

What happens when a family does not complete the program? 

If, while in the program, it is discovered that the non-custodial parent is not ready to move forward in the process, we will suspend the program until there is a change of circumstance.  We believe that all children deserve to have access to both parents safely and healthily.  So in most cases, we will arrange for the non-custodial parent to have supervised visitations until they are ready to move forward. 

Will New Vista represent me in Court? 

No. Only licensed attorneys can provide legal representation.  

Will New Vista represent my interest in Court? 

No. The only focus and concern of New Vista is the best interest of the children.  As to the co-parenting conflict, our role is to stay as neutral as possible. 

Does Everybody who Starts the Program Complete it Successfully? 
 

Not everyone who starts our program is ready to exercise guideline parenting time.  We require that people be accountable for their actions. Our concern is the children's best interest, and we take that job seriously.  An average, 63% of families that start our program complete it successfully. 

How does New Vista help the Court? 

New Vista is not a discovery tool.  This means we do not conduct therapeutic services to help one party gain a one-up position in Court. Our focus is to help your family successfully transition through separation and divorce. A majority of the families that complete our program settle their issues without further litigation. Therefore, New Vista helps the Court by reducing the caseload of the family court system. 

For the cases that don't settle, the Court will be provided with expert testimony from a group of clinicians who have taken the time to understand the various family dynamic.  We will remain neutral and objective. Ultimately, this helps the Court make an informed decision about the psychological best interest of the children.