New Roads to Healing

Creating independence through comprehensive mental health care.


Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Independence, Building a Brighter Future

New Roads to Healing (NoRTH) is a program built to support, encourage, and inspire young adults whose development has been impacted by severe mental health conditions. With the proper assistance, individuals struggling with schizophrenia, psychosis, borderline personality disorder, and other conditions can achieve independence, and a quality of life that was previously thought to be impossible.

Clients live together in our NRTH apartments, and follow a program designed both to support their continued recovery and prepare them to re-integrate into the world beyond treatment.

Individualized treatment programs for mental health disorders.

Even within the same clinical diagnoses, no two people’s struggles are the same. Like our addiction-focused programs, NORTH allows clients to work with their therapists to develop individualized treatment plans. We help them understand how to monitor their own mental state, how to manage prescribed medications, and how to set and reach specific recovery goals.


We serve clients with the following diagnoses:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is recognized as one of the most useful treatments for borderline individuals. Our therapists have been extensively trained at the Portland DBT Institute and we offer this treatment process for every client due to the broad scope of its treatment potential.

Mindfulness & Meditation

Using techniques derived from Buddhist practices, clients learn to focus non-judgmentally on the world around them, bringing their rational and emotional minds into balance. They learn to stop judging themselves so harshly, and to quietly observe their intense thoughts and feelings rather than immediately reacting to them.

Emotional Regulation

Getting hijacked by emotions in a time of crisis can be damaging. DBT offers skills for identifying, understanding, and managing these emotions, no matter how overwhelming they may seem. By applying techniques from other DBT skill sets, such as mindfulness and distress tolerance, clients learn to control their feelings rather than being controlled by them.

Distress Tolerance

Most of our clients are used to handling distress in harmful ways, such as drinking or using drugs. We teach skills to offer a healthier alternative. Clients learn how to accept and tolerate distress in an observant, nonjudgemental fashion—and to make more appropriate, less destructive decisions.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

These relationship skills focus on helping individuals interact positively and productively with others. We teach our clients how to get their needs met, how to handle conflict, and how to keep their interpersonal relationships strong without resorting to manipulation or other destructive behaviors.

Teaching independence, responsibility, and self-care.

While their peers have been learning the skills they need to be self-sufficient, many young adults with mental health concerns have had to focus on surviving, one day at a time. To counteract this, “life skills training” is a major component of the NoRTH program. These skills range from the simple (how to keep a living space clean) to the more complex (how to apply and interview for jobs), but all are important pieces for building the foundation of a healthy, fulfilling life.


This program includes:

Assertive Community
The team includes members from the fields of psychiatry, nursing, social work, substance abuse, case management, and vocational rehabilitation, all of whom provide direct services to the client.  Each team member provides services based upon their respective area of expertise.
Medication Management
Monitored by staff as they develop skills in managing medications, following instructions for prescriptions, and managing supply and refills.
Life Skills Training
For residents who are clinically stable but still exhibiting significant life skills deficits, we offer a highly individualized program that assists residents with re-integration into the community.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT teaches the skills necessary to cope socially and mentally in the real world. Treatment with a highly specialized DBT therapist, typically is an on-going process. Our program integrates the four phases of DBT including:

  1. Mindfulness and Meditation
  2. Emotional Regulation
  3. Distress Tolerance
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness
Meal Planning
Plan and shop for weekly healthy balanced meals, prepare and cook, and learn proper storage.
Vocational Training
Develop self-sufficient and work related skills to implement in our partner work program.
Support for Substance Abuse
NoRTH is considered to be an Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment program.  In other words, it is as equipped to treat Substance Use Disorders as it is to treat mental health issues.  The staff includes many members with Substance Use Disorder Counselor licenses.  If necessary, the client can be temporarily placed in New Roads’ own Residential Addiction Treatment program.
Personal Care
Education in all aspects of personal care, including laundry and hygiene.

A Continuum of Care for Lasting  Healing

Our team members are highly skilled in a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques. We use a combination of evidence-based treatment methods, including dual diagnosis and individually tailored treatment to meet your specific needs.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychiatric Oversight


Who Says Treatment Can’t Be Fun?

  • Three recreational sessions a week
  • Basketball, volleyball, table tennis, pool, ping pong, and foosball
  • Access to books, television, and video games
  • Open spaces for jogging, skateboarding, and other outdoor recreation


During residential treatment, we encourage our clients to practice maintaining healthy, balanced lifestyle. In addition to addiction, self-harm, and other destructive habits, many young adults struggle with rigid thinking patterns. These hamper our ability to learn, change, and progress. Creative expression, thought exercises, and physical activity can help break this rigidity, allowing our clients to achieve greater emotional freedom and growth.


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