Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a Group Program?
A group program is generally a program that has been furnished and structured
to serve several people that are not related. There are a variety of
circumstances that the program participants have either developed or been hindered by
external means. The group program may be staffed with medically trained persons
or have minimal supervision depending upon the program participant population.
What are the various conditions that a program participant may possess to qualify
for residency in a group program?
A program participant may qualify due to age, a physical handicap,
mental handicap, recovering from a substance abuse, or ordered by a
Probation or Parole Officer. The program participant should not be
considered to be a threat to themselves or other people. The program
participants for Kokopelli must be fully ambulatory and be able to
self-evacuate in the event of an emergency.
Can a disabled person have a service animal?
Kokopelli does not permit pets of
any kind. Service animals (dogs) are permitted as long as they meet the
following conditions, per the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Is this a service animal that
is required because of a disability?
What work or tasks has the
animal been trained to perform?
The animal may be denied access
to the Kokopelli facility if:
The animal is out of control
and its handler does not take effective action to control it
The animal is not housebroken
(i.e., trained so that, absent illness or accident, the animal controls
The animal poses a direct
threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated or
reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable modification to other
policies, practices and procedures.
Please refer to
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT for further
What are the requirements for a Group Program?
There are several different requirements for group programs depending upon
the the program participant population that will be in the group
governmental agencies issue licenses for each specific condition of
residency. The substance abuse recovery group program is normally issued a
license by the local community city and must pass the requirements of a fire
inspection. There is usually a distance limit of 1,200 to 1,500 feet between
group programs. Kokopelli has posted a list of
programs in the
Mesa Area. This list may not be up to date, but you can use it as a
guide. Please call the City of Mesa to verify the registration of a particular group
Please make sure that the group program being considered is licensed by the
local authority. There are many people that have decided to create a group
program but not be legally licensed. These programs could be dangerous, by not
complying with the local regulations and fire codes. All group programs have
rules that the participants must abide by. No rules means disorder and
How many program participants can live in a Group Program?
The governing agency has requirements for the number of program
can occupy a group program, based upon the application for the license. The
greater the number of program participants, the requirements will increase. The
requirements are usually based upon the ADA guidelines and local fire and
building regulations. Many of the regulations are based upon the
International Building Code. In general a group program can have 5-10
participants, excluding staff, without fire sprinklers. Any group program
exceeding the local limit must have fire sprinklers, which are tied to smoke
and fire detectors. All participants should have their own accommodations.
That means no sleeping in the laundry room, garage or storage rooms.
What is the Kokopelli Group Program?
The Kokopelli Group program is for those people that are recovering from a
substance abuse issue or are advanced in a program with probation or parole
officer supervision. Some program participants are recovering from alcohol abuse
while others are recovering from a chemical abuse issue (i.e., cocaine,
crack, methamphetamine, heroine, or other substance).
Kokopelli is emphasizing responsibility. Anyone who does not embrace our
rules and policies will be considered irresponsible and must terminate the
program immediately. Kokopelli does not "rent" rooms or beds. The people
in the Kokopelli program are Program Participants and pay a Program Fee, not
What are the requirements to live at the Kokopelli Group program?
The program participants must be a recovering from a substance abuse
and/or supervised by a probation or parole officer. The
cannot be actively using any substance that would hinder the recovery. The
program participant must be working or performing community service. The
program participant must
be in a mode to learn basic life skills (i.e., maintain a checking account,
repair credit, income tax preparation, protecting resources such as water
and electricity), maintain a clean personal hygiene. The program
perform the assigned chore on a regular basis and clean up after themselves. There is a curfew for the
program participants and all program participants must attend meetings and counseling.
Is there a fee for program participants at Kokopelli Group
There is a program fee of $130 per week, plus applicable taxes. The week is from Friday to
Thursday. If a program participant becomes an occupant during the week the fee will be
prorated to bring in line with the weekly program fee. There is also a $130
security deposit. This deposit is refundable with proper notice of
termination of the program. Kokopelli recovery programs are not subsidized by any
government agency. All program fees are due from the program participant on
Friday evening by 8:00 pm.
Kokopelli program participants must have the fees to enter our program. All
program fees are to be paid with a Money Order or Cashiers Check. We do not
accept Personal Checks.
What happens if I am Discharged?
If you are discharged for rules violations, the you will be requested to
pack your property, clean your area and launder the bedding. If you do not
Kokopelli will pack your property and put into storage for 30 days. After 30
days, the property will be donated. There is a fee for Kokopelli to pack
your property, store it and clean your area.
If you are incarcerated and do not return, Kokopelli will pack your
property and put into storage for 30 days. After 30 days, the property will
be donated. There is a fee for Kokopelli to pack your property, store it and
clean your area.
Be responsible and you will transition back to the
community and your family.
There are more questions and we will address them in
the near future.