So my difficult child is presently at a dual diagnosis residential treatment center, and is tentatively scheduled to be discharged on Thursday, day 21, although they are going to ask for more additional days from insurance. Because his counselor has been gently trying to persuade him that he needs aftercare (he finally agreed to this last week) plans are still in flux. We liked one program, but difficult child has heard negative input about it from other residents (bad neightborhood, etc.) Checked it out with the staff who say area is safe, on fringe of well to do suburb and clientele is diverse. My cousin the licensed social worker has sent patients there and says the program has a good reputation. It has a dual diagnosis PHP program and focuses also on life skills, which he needs very much. Another program not much information about it, he has appointment 3/19 before they will even put him on the list. So do people go to the halfway house and go to a PHP program on the outside? Do they take the bus if they don't have a car? He has bipolar disorder which fueled the substance abuse, or maybe the orther way around, who knows, resulting in 3 hospitalizations in 3 weeks. Any information you can provide would be so helpful.