Apply for Residency

You will find below our online application for the residential program at Next Step.

If you prefer to fill our a PDF version of our application, you can download it here. Completed applications may be faxed to Next Step at (812) 645-1303 or mailed or dropped off to staff at 619 Washington Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47802

If you have questions about the application, please send your questions to the following email: or call us at (812)917-5006. If you have questions about our program, please see our FAQs.

Things you should know before applying to Next Step

Next Step is a faith-based Certified Recovery Residential Program that provides a sober living environment through its 2 homes for women and 2 homes for men along with substance abuse classes and groups, peer counseling, case management, life skills training and mental health services. Our goal is to help those who are serious about managing their substance use disorder regain an independent, substance-free lifestyle. Our focus is on assisting you in obtaining the tools that will help you create a recovery lifestyle, not just sobriety. During your participation in the program, you will be required to strive to become self-sufficient and to actively cooperate with the Next Step program in all ways, including:

  • You will be required to review and accept the rules and regulations of the program.
  • Substance abuse of any kind will not be tolerated while you are a resident of Next Step.
  • You must be responsible for your program service fees. These fees may be fully paid by the State of Indiana for any clients that are approved for the Recovery Works Program (see page 2 for details). Next Step also accepts health insurance for services.  For self-pay clients, the fees are $115.00 per week and include room, board and all classes.  Drug Screens are not included and cost $10.00 per screen, usually given twice a month.
  • You must sign legal consent to the release of information, about you, between Next Step and other agencies, doctors, and therapists with which you are involved.
  • Your personal living area will be subject to inspection and searched at staff’s discretion.
  • You will be subject to random drug screening at staff’s discretion.
  • You will deal responsibly with your legal, financial, family and health issues.
  • You will be expected to find and maintain a job, or if legally disabled, volunteer your time in some way.
  • You will be required to show proof of insurance, registration and a valid driver’s license for any vehicle you use while a resident.
  • You will attend mandatory meetings and classes, and may be asked to see a recovery counselor or mental health therapist, depending on your personal needs.
  • You will share household chores, including some meal preparation.
  • You will be required to perform service work for a non-profit in the amount of 2 hours per week.
  • Next Step is a co-ed program, but we do have female only and male only program options. You ARE NOT allowed to engage in any fraternization with anyone else in the program, that includes no flirting, sexting, or pursuing a romantic or sexual relationship. If you are not in a relationship, you are encouraged NOT to get into any type of relationship while in the Next Step program. This is a time for you to focus on yourself.
  • Because we offer group living, Next Step requires all residential clients to be vaccinated (or willing to get vaccinated) against the Covid-19 virus. We do offer an online outpatient program for clients that are unvaccinated.
  • Next Step homes are smoke-free and no smoking, vaping or chewing tobacco are allowed in the residence or main office building. There are designated smoking areas near each house and office location.
  • Next Step does accept all forms of Medication Assisted Treatment, but we do not administer medication. We do provide individual lockboxes and perform random medication checks. You will be responsible for taking all medication as prescribed.

We take recovery very seriously and you will be required to do the same. We believe this is an opportunity for individuals to find a new way of life. We also place great emphasis on responsibility. When you are given assignments, homework, etc., you will be expected to do them on time. Remember, money and employment are not signs of recovery and can result in relapse. Recovery is an “inside job”, and no matter how good you look on the outside, material and cosmetic things will not keep you clean. Our goal is that by learning to apply these principles in your life, you can become a responsible and productive member of society. 

Recovery Works Information

In 2015, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1006, “Criminal Justice Funding,” which established the Forensic Treatment Services Grant Program through the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). This grant program funds a voucher-based program that will give vouchers to providers that offer specialized services to those struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse and addiction. Next Step is a Designated Service Provider (DSP) for Recovery Works.

To qualify for this program, a client must meet the following criteria: 

  1. The individual must be a resident of Indiana 
  2. The individual must be at least 18 years old 
  3. The participant has to have an annual income not exceeding 200% of the federal income poverty line 
  4. The participant has to have entered the criminal justice system as a felon or must be someone with a prior felony conviction. 

If you believe you qualify for this program, please speak with our staff in order to get the proper referral from a criminal justice provider. 


  1. To be eligible for Next Step residential services, an applicant:
    1. must be 18 years of age or older;
    2. is preferred (but not required) to have been evaluated by a detoxification, inpatient treatment, or court administered program for the need for residential recovery services;
    3. must have a minimum of 72 hours free of any mind/mood altering substances that are not lawfully prescribed by a licensed physician prior to admittance to the program;
    4. agrees to active involvement and participation in the support group activities, including daily attendance at recovery-oriented classes, as required;
    5. is willing to be productive; work or find a job in the first month, or if legally disabled, is willing to volunteer;
    6. is on the Recovery Works program or has the ability to pay a weekly service fee while a resident;

  2. Admission will be denied to applicants who fail to meet the above stated criteria and/or exhibit any of the following:
    1. the need for emergency medical or psychiatric care beyond the scope of the program capabilities;
    2. suffer from any physical or emotional illness that precludes full participation in the Next Step program;
    3. behavior that would be considered dangerous to staff, clients, or to themselves;
    4. any active infectious disease that would require medical isolation.

    No client will be admitted who has been prescribed and has a need for any benzodiazepines.

  3. Applicants who are deemed inappropriate for admission may be referred to other, more appropriate, community resources.

  4. Next Step is a faith-based program, but is not affiliated with any particular religious organization or denomination. While a resident, you may attend the services of your choice.

  5. Completed applications may be faxed to Next Step at (812) 645-1303 or mailed or dropped off to staff at 619 Washington Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47802 

Get in Touch

  • Call (812) 917-5006
  • Email

For applications and intake, email

Next Step Foundation

Next Step Foundation, Inc.
619 Washington Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47802

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