Arapahoe House - New Directions for Families in Littleton, CO

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(3.8 of 5)
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Littleton CO 80120

Arapahoe House - New Directions for Families Philosophy

Arapahoe House - New Directions for Families treats women with severe chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health issues, as well as their dependent children. The program offers a residential treatment program that provides parenting- and life-skills counseling, health education, budgeting awareness, literacy assistance and job search preparation. Services for children up to age 12 include developmental assessment, tutoring and mental health support.

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • Outpatient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Facility Highlights

Parenting Skills

Budgeting Skills

Intensive Individual Therapy

Meet the Staff

Steve Strobing

Director of Facilities, Maintenance, and Safety

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Steve Strobing is director of facilities, maintenance, and safety. He brings over 30 years of field engineering, operations, and project management experience to Arapahoe House. Steve has held senior and director level management positions at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, US Bank, and BancTec and in this role he has overseen technical service delivery and large scale installation projects throughout North America.

Arthur Schut

President and CEO

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Arthur Schut, formerly Arapahoe House’s deputy director and COO was named CEO in 2012. He has served for more than 35 years as an executive and clinical director in several comprehensive community-based organizations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and New York. He also held a faculty appointment to the graduate program in substance abuse counseling at the University of Iowa for more than two decades. In addition to his position at Arapahoe House, Art currently serves on the board of directors of two Colorado managed behavioral health care organizations. He currently serves on the CSAT National Advisory Council. Art has been involved with a variety of national substance use disorder evidence based practice, quality, and process improvement efforts, including Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), National Quality Forum (NQF), and Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). He has served on numerous public policy boards, executive committees, clinical task forces and work groups, and expert panels. Schut was recently appointed to SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council and Colorado's Use of Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Revenues Committee. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


The New Directions for Families program at Arapahoe House offers residential substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment for adult women and their dependent children. The facility is designed so that children up to 12 years old (including newborns) can live with their mothers for the duration of treatment, with childcare provided on-site. Pregnant women are also admitted.

The expected length of stay is two months. “Social” detox services are offered, which means that clients are safely monitored during the withdrawal process, but are not provided with medical treatment at the facility. If medical attention is necessary, clients are taken to a nearby hospital for appropriate care.


New Directions is tailored to treat women with acute addiction and/or mental health issues, and pays special attention to victims of violence and domestic abuse. Clinical services include individual, group, and family therapy, addiction and healthcare education, parenting classes and life skills workshops, and reading assistance and/or GED prep programs.

Vocational training services are also provided, and clients are expected to use these skills to get jobs during treatment. Women who qualify are also given access to permanent, drug-free housing for themselves and their families.

Opportunities for children on-site include an early childhood education center, development assessments, tutoring, and other educational support. Mental health groups, family bonding activities, and outside community opportunities are also offered.


The staff includes master's-level counselors.


All of the organization's facilities are tobacco-free, and electronic devices are not allowed. Although some of the organization's other facilities have gyms on-site, its website indicates that there are no fitness provisions at this center.


Alumni reviews of Arapahoe’s New Directions facility are limited. One pleased alum, Tosha, told “This place is like home for me it fixed my life and I got to bring my son <3.” Another alum surveyed by, Jessica, gave the rehab high marks and wrote: “I loved the staff!!!”

Arapahoe House offers a sliding fee payment scale, and accepts coverage from many health insurers, including Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and United.

Published on June 2017

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this place is like home for me it fixed my life and I got to bring my son <3

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