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 definition:

  1. Is this a service animal that is required because of a disability?

  2. What work or tasks has the animal been trained to perform?

The animal may be denied access to the Kokopelli facility if:

  1. The animal is out of control and its handler does not take effective action to control it

  2. The animal is not housebroken (i.e., trained so that, absent illness or accident, the animal controls its
    waste elimination)

  3. 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 information.

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 program. Many 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 registered Group 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 program.

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 misunderstanding.

How many  program participants can live in a Group Program?

The governing agency has requirements for the number of  program participants that 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 Rent.

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  program participant 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 participant must 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 program?

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.


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