Halfway House Residential Program

The mission of the Friendship House Halfway House is to provide a therapeutic living environment for adult men recovering from substance abuse to aid in the transition to the next phase of their recovery. Research indicates that in order for long-term gains to be sustained, individuals often need a minimum of 90-120 days with intense supports to prevent them from falling back into old patterns of behavior.

To that end, the Friendship House has dedicated the past 49 years to providing housing and programming specifically designed to teach our men how to effectively live a productive life free from the negative influences of drugs and alcohol. The Friendship House is licensed as a Substance Abuse Treatment Provider by the State of Nebraska through Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health. The Halfway House program received its third 3-year CARF accreditation in 2017, certifying our commitment to providing quality services.
Residents of the Friendship House commit to 6-12 months in our structured and supportive environment as they learn to use the tools they gained through treatment and navigate the difficulties of early recovery, including finding and maintaining employment, rebuilding family relationships, addressing past trauma, resolving legal issues, and building healthy peer relationships. It is only after a solid foundation of support has been established that many people are able to maintain the disciplined lifestyle that recovery requires.

In order to be eligible for services, an individual must have successfully completed residential treatment within the past 12 months and have a current substance use evaluation and diagnosis. The Halfway House program consists of a minimum 6-month commitment, with an option to extend treatment to a full year. Services provided include room and board, weekly individual and group counseling, 24-hour on-site support and on-call counseling, accountability to community-based supports (such as AA/NA/Celebrate Recovery), and we also offer the option of transitioning to our sober-living home upon successful completion of our Halfway House program. At the Friendship House, we understand that recovery is not a one-time decision, but rather a daily commitment to making good decisions, promoting healthy relationships, and ultimately developing lifelong habits that center around sobriety.

Admission Criteria

Patients must meet the following criteria to be considered for the Halfway House program:
  • Must be male, aged 19 and above
  • Must be a resident of Nebraska
  • Must be clinically diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder and have successfully completed a residential treatment program
  • Must complete a screening interview
  • Must be able to give consent for treatment
  • Must be able and willing to follow all house rules and responsibilities
  • Must be able to and willing to work or volunteer at least 35 hours per week
  • Client's counselor must submit a referral for services (form below)

Exclusionary Criteria

Individuals are not eligible for admission to the Halfway House program if:
  • Individual is a Registered Sex Offender or charged with a crime that could result in placement on the registry.
  • Individual is medically fragile or otherwise unable to care for his own daily living activities.
  • Individual is not a citizen of Nebraska, the U.S., or a legal alien.
  • Individual is unable to work and/or does not have income required to cover room and board costs.

Halfway House Fees

Fees for room and board at the Halfway House are $15.00 per day. An additional co-pay may be billed, depending on taxable monthly income less any liabilities and the number of family members that are dependent on that taxable income. Room and board includes:
  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Cable TV
  • Washer and Dryer Facilities
  • Daily Newspaper
  • Local Telephone Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer for Resident Use
  • YMCA Membership
Halfway house clients are responsible for payment of rent by cash or money order.