AfterCare through Northwest Psychiatric Associates

The Aftercare Program, due to it’s frequency of check-ins and staff support, is compared to other established young adult transition programs.  This program is offered through Northwest Psychiatric Associates. Our program has some similar features but also some additional very unique advantages.  Students in this program have access to the depth of clinical expertise from staff dedicated to Innercept full-time including physicians, nurses, certified teachers and vocational experts, dietitians, a crisis team in place 24 hours a day that can respond to issues throughout the programs of Innercept, and access to stabilization in the event it is needed.  We have worked for over twelve years to foster community relationships with business owners and non-profit organizations who employ people compassionate and motivated to help our population of students.

In the Aftercare Program at Innercept, we offer a supportive independent living model focused on individualized programming for emerging adults ranging in age from eighteen to about twenty-six.   Located in the beautiful resort town of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, we are close to local amenities and a variety of employment, volunteer and educational opportunities. 

The therapeutic alliance established earlier in the resident’s progression through the program is an essential component to meeting their individual needs as they move into independent living.  Aftercare combines the therapeutic services that were provided by the team of treatment professionals from earlier parts of the program, while increasing individualized community-based support.  We offer on-going supportive services, targeted mentoring, and task plans to encourage independent living skills, mood management skills, help in achieving a balance with regard to their physical health and diet, help in maintaining an organized environment, establishment of healthy relationship patterns, and the building of self-esteem and values.  We emphasize enrollment in college courses, the maintaining of employment, and/or volunteering as essential to the resident’s success.    

Aftercare is a fundamental step in the Innercept continuum as it provides residents with an opportunity to apply the lessons they have learned and reflect on the choices they have made. The program is a supervised path to successful independent living. It is a path that further enhances a resident’s ability to cope with new challenges and gives them added support as they practice life skills, create new connections in the community, and redevelop the self-confidence and trust in themselves that will allow them to be successful in the endeavors they pursue after Innercept. 

Therapeutic Component

  • Comprehensive medication management with a staff psychiatrist well known to the students.  This full time commitment to Innercept residents facilitates a more comprehensive treatment vantage point than most transition programs that utilize physicians in the community.
  • Individual and family therapy done by staff therapists who work full time at Innercept and who specialize in this specific program milieu.
  • Weekly process groups that include all residents involved in Aftercare.


  • Supportive services and monitoring of progress while enrolled in a local college or university.
  • Periodic mentoring on schedule maintenance, course planning, decision-making, finance, health and fitness and accountability. 

Life Skills

  • Mentoring on maintaining an appropriate budget.
  • Supervision of planning and time management skills.
  • Mentoring of cooking and appropriate nutritional choices, including shopping and menu planning.
  • Group living arrangements to encourage relationship skills with roommates, peers & authority figures.
  • Staff assistance with resume development, mock interviews and other job readiness skills.


  • Innercept offers access to it’s bus route. 
  • Guided public transportation navigation is provided.
  • Basic bicycle maintenance and repair skills are taught to foster self-reliance.

Social Activities

  • Staff organize weekly outings that include volunteerism, sporting activities, artistic projects and other community events that Aftercare residents are encouraged to attend.
  • Student Life events each Friday and Saturday evening promote healthy leisure activities as students socialize with each other.
  • Student initiated socials on the weekends encourage building a sense of community and teach the life skill of networking.