35+ Questions Every Family, Client, or Clinician Should Ask Their Treatment Placement Specialist (TPS)

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This article is intended for families who are looking for treatment for a loved one. However, nothing will substitute speaking with a licensed professional . Making a decision that will cost you thousands warrants you to research and get the best possible information and best possible treatment plan for the person who is struggling. We recommend an unbiased treatment placement professional who is not affiliated with any residential programs, sober livings, or intensive outpatient programs, guaranteeing a more ethical referral. The first step is an assessment with a clinical psychologist. If this is not possible, here is a list of 35 questions that can help you navigate this process at a very basic level. 


  1. Is the particular facility licensed and accredited?

  2. Is your treatment placement specialist an independent referral source (ITPS), not receiving any compensation from rehabs, sober livings, or treatment facilities? (Thus ensuring an unbiased referral that suits the client’s individual needs?)

  3. Does your treatment placement specialist stay with the client and family from beginning to end throughout the treatment journey and back into their environment?

  4. How does the treatment placement specialist assess the patient prior to admittance?

  5. How does the treatment facility measure rehabilitation success and outcomes?

  6. Is this a long-term or short-term program? (The average program is 28 days, but most people need significantly longer.)

  7. Does the treatment facility require 12-step participation?

  8. Are there multiple pathways offered for those who don’t want the traditional 12- step treatment model?

  9. Does the treatment plan utilize medication assisted therapy?  

  10. What are the treatment facility’s non-allowable medications?

  11. How does the treatment facility handle detox?

  12. Do they have 24 hour medical staff?

  13. What are the qualifications of the medical staff in the facility?  

  14. What is the facility’s policy for gender specific issues?

  15. Are groups run as co-ed?

  16. Does the treatment team specialize in nutrition or have some type of nutritional component involved?

  17. Does the facility have the ability to treat dual diagnosis?

  18. Does the treatment facility provide in-patient care, outpatient care, or both?

  19. How long has the treatment facility been in business?

  20. How long has the staff been employed at the facility?

  21. Is the treatment facility privately or corporately owned?

  22. What is the setting and atmosphere of the treatment center like? (Clinical feel or relaxed/resort feel?) Does that suit the patient’s individual needs?

  23. How do you address individuality in your treatment center in order to ensure that you are gaging the patient’s treatment plan based off of their specific needs and goals?

  24. Does the client’s individual therapist run the group sessions?

  25. Are the group sessions facilitated by a licensed clinician? Or are the group sessions run by interns?

  26. What types of groups are available during treatment? How many people per therapy group?

  27. What payment options does the treatment facility have? Insurance? Payment plans?

  28. What will the facility do on behalf of the patient if there is a disruption with insurance?

  29. What is the facility’s full time doctor to client staff ratio? How many individual sessions take place in a week?

  30. Does the facility offer family sessions, and how often do those take place throughout treatment?

  31. At what point in treatment can a family call or visit their loved one?

  32. Does the treatment facility provide psychiatric services?

  33. Does the program teach applicable life skills that support sober living, beyond detoxification and rehabilitation?

  34. In the case of a minor entering a treatment facility, will they be able to continue on with their education during treatment?

  35. Are there chances to interact with others and participate in sober activities?

  36. What is the treatment facility’s relapse policy?

  37. What is the cost for a client to return to the facility if they need treatment again within the year?

  38. Under what circumstances (relapse and insurance excluded) would a client be released from the facility before the treatment end date?

  39. Will all of the answers to these questions be granted in writing?

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Let’s Talk Solutions

We are here to help the client, clinician, and/or family members find unbiased recovery. To learn more about working with our team of Independent Treatment Placement Specialists (ITPS), please visit: www.recoveryfusion.com

Recovery Fusion works with licensed professionals to assess, refer, manage, support, and maintain a recovery plan from initiation all the way through to recovery maintenance and beyond.

We are 100% unbiased. We do not own treatment centers or sober livings, and we do not receive bonuses or have sales quotas to meet.

We are advocates for the client, family member(s), or clinician looking to get the very best in unbiased ethical referrals tailored to the client’s individual needs. We work with you one-to-one.

We are a niche service helping people navigate ethical treatment and provide the resources to help you get the right resources from the very start. We will be with you from the beginning of treatment until you return back home to your community with no disruption of the continuity of care. Within the realm of treatment placement, there are risks that can cause unnecessary and costly mistakes, which is why Recovery Fusion is always advocating on your behalf with each new transition throughout your recovery process.

Our after care services are stellar with impeccable references insuring your continuing care even after completing treatment. Post-treatment truly is the crucial starting point of beginning your new life after returning to your old environment.

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