ABOUT DAWN FARM – OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Founded in 1973 and providing outpatient substance abuse treatment since 2001, Dawn Farm is a nonprofit organization serving adults and youth in Michigan. The facility provides residential and outpatient services to adults dealing with substance abuse. Dawn Farm has multiple residential facilities and a transitional living facility. Detox services are available on site. The outpatient treatment center is located in Ann Arbor and provides services to clients regardless of their ability to pay.planning services are available as well.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Dawn Farm begins with an initial process to assess what type of treatment will best meet each client’s needs, goals, and legal responsibilities. Intake assessment can be coordinated and completed over the phone during set hours during the week. Referrals can also be sent from family members, criminal justice programs, and other medical facilities.
Dawn Farm uses a mix of 12-steps principles, evidence-based practices, and counseling practices to address clients’ needs. Treatment programs are designed to last 90 days, but can be extended to cover up to two years with additional services. Community and family involvement are also highly encouraged. Aside from counseling, clients are encouraged to participate in 12-step meetings in the community, and outdoor activities when possible.
Aside from clinical treatments, Dawn Farm uses recreational therapies to help clients progress. The residential facilities are both located on working farms where clients can participate in different farm activities. A variety of educational courses are also available to help clients continue their education. GED services are available and clients are encouraged to continue their education during and after the program.
Discovery groups are for clients who may not yet be identified as addicted to alcohol or drugs. These sessions are motivational in nature, focused on prevention. Recovery groups serve individuals are recognized as dependent on mind-altering substances. Sessions integrate intermediate 12-step concepts and focus on developing plans for ongoing recovery. A third set of group sessions focuses on relapse prevention. Clients discuss their goals and receive support in recognizing situations that may challenge their sobriety.
Aftercare programs are available including up to two years in transitional housing and continued assessment and support services. Clients are encouraged to continue their participation in meetings and support groups within their communities during and after their transition into the community.
The majority of Dawn Farm’s treatment staff has Master-level degrees and extensive experience working with rehab clients. The medical team consists of a Medical Director physician supported by psychiatric nurse practitioners. Qualified farm operators are also on site to facilitate farm operations. The facility is CARF accredited and staff members are licensed accordingly.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Dawn Farm has two residential facilities and a transitional living facility. One is a 64-acre working farm where clients can participate in treatments as well as farm related activities. It is isolated in a rural area which allows clients to remain isolated during treatment. The other facility, Dawn Farm Downtown provides a similar relaxing experience, but does not support the rural isolation of the other facility. The Chapin Street Project serves as the transitional living facility. Housing in Chapin is affordable and allows clients to have a place to stay up to two years while seeking other arrangements.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni who reviewed Dawn Farm for Best-rehabs.com to date tended to review the facility as either mediocre or very good. Two of the alumni identified the outpatient program as effective. One wrote that it “helped me with my addiction and it was very easy.”
Two alumni gave polar responses of two out of five stars and five out of five stars when asked by Best-rehabs.com to rate the staff’s level of training and experience.
On the organization’s official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, Dawn Farm received 4.5 out of five stars from 45 reviews.  Thirty-five of the reviews were five out of five stars. Several alumni and loved ones praised the program, while other complimented the staff members. It should be noted that some of the reviews were for event rental spaces.
On Google, the facility received one five-out-of-five star review and one one-out-of-five-star review.  Alum Brian described the experience as “hellish” while alum Andrew praised the “caring and compassionate personnel.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three alumni loved ones who responded to Best-rehabs.com surveys provided mixed opinions of the facility.
Asked to rate the effectiveness of treatment on a scale of one to five, two chose four stars and the third chose just one. Similarly, a metric measuring their satisfaction with opportunities for family participation received one two-star, one four-star, and one five-star ratings out of five.
Although one wrote that the program was “very hard to get into,” they also reported the sustained sobriety of their family member who received treatment. Another highlighted as a strength Dawn Farm’s emphasis on connecting clients to a local recovery community.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Every year between 2009 and 2016, Dawn Farm was designated aby the Detroit Free Press, indicating that those who serve clients hold a high level of satisfaction with the organization.
Dawn Farm provides services to clients regardless of their ability to pay. Self-pay and financial assistance are available for those in need. Insurance of any kind is accepted, but few insurance plans will cover the costs of services based on operational practices. Fees vary based on the services needed. Fees are assessed on a monthly basis and are accepted in cash, check, or credit card.
The detox program is funded by donations and there is no cost to clients. Residential treatment costs $150 per day. Initial assessments for outpatient programs vary based on the client’s age (adults – $120, adolescents – $150). A psychiatric evaluation costs $300. Outpatient counseling costs $60 per session while group counseling costs $25 per session. The educational component of treatment is free, and psychiatric services cost $50 per $20 minutes. Finally, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) costs $150 per session.