Who is eligible for Path to Healing?

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Veterans, Active-Duty Service and Reserve Members who have experienced military trauma are eligible.  This includes thousands who have recently returned from Afghanistan and may be having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.  

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Do I need a diagnosis of PTSD? 

You do not need a diagnosis to participate.  Path to Healing's activities may help reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress, Depression and Anxiety caused by traumatic experiences.  Improvements often lead to the reduction of the use of alcohol and drugs as attempts to cope with symptoms and decreased suicidal behaviors. 

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How does Path to Healing define a Veteran?

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Path to Healing defines a Veteran as any individual who joined a branch of service for any length of time, regardless of whether their service was during wartime or not, and may include those whose discharge circumstances were other than honorable.  We accept those who served who do not qualify for Veterans benefits.

How does Path to Healing define military trauma?

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Traumatic events while serving may have included, but are not limited to:  Witnessing and/or performing acts of violence, loss and destruction, such as in combat; military sexual trauma, which includes sexual harassment; and accidents while in training.

How do I apply to Path to Healing?

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Applications may be downloaded on our website on the "Our Program" page or requested by emailing info@pathtohealingma.org or calling 508-219-2904.  Please note if you need help completing your application.  

Applications are accepted continuously on a rolling basis.  However, your application must be submitted two weeks before the start date of the upcoming session or you will automatically be scheduled for the next session with your available choices. 

 

You will receive confirmation that we are in receipt of your application within 24-48 hours and notification of your anticipated start date within 2 weeks from the receipt date.  If clarification is needed, we may contact you for more information. 

If participating in horsemanship with Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes or Winsome Riding Academy, their registration forms will be sent to you for completion and forwarded to the appropriate site. 

 

Your application is only viewed by clinical advisory committee members or staff at PTH.

Do I need a referral to participate in Path to Healing?

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You do not need a referral.  You may complete the application yourself or have a current provider refer you to Path to Healing. 

However, Winsome Riding Academy requires your doctor to complete a form for participation in horsemanship and/or horseback riding. 

What is the cost of Path to Healing?

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Path to Healing will be offered at no cost to Veterans and Service Members supported by the generosity of the community through donations, grants and other fundraising efforts.  There is no application fee.  There are no co-payments to be paid, as we do not take insurance.

How do I ensure I get my choice of program activities?

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You are asked to indicate all of your preferences on the application of Saturdays full of holistic activities (schedule varies of yoga/tai chi, discussion groups, cooking, meditation and creative arts activities such as painting and woodturning); horsemanship on Wednesdays with Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes or with Winsome Riding Academy on Fridays; and/or songwriting on Mondays; or first available.  (Not all options are available each session.) 

After completion of the 4 week program, you have options to take any part of the program in the future depending on availability, including continuing horsemanship for an additional and consecutive 4 weeks or join a future session to take songwriting for the first time.

What towns/areas does Path to Healing serve?

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Path to healing is based in Easton, MA.

Path to Healing serves primarily Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Our focus areas are Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties in Massachusetts, as well as the Providence/Warwick, Rhode Island area.  However, you may apply no matter where your primary residence is located. 

Does Path to Healing provide transportation?

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Please contact us if you need transportation at info@pathtohealingma.org.  We will direct you to resources that can provide you with transportation at no cost.

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When is the program offered?

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Path to Healing is a 4-week program which runs 1-3 days per week.  Path to Healing is scheduled to run primarily on weekday evenings and Saturdays.  However, Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes is offered Wednesday mornings.   

Path to Healing offers two sessions per quarter based on the calendar year.  No sessions are offered in December at this time. 

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How do I donate to Path to Healing?

Path to Healing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or public charity.  Our supporters will receive receipts for their tax-deductible donations.  Thank you for your support.

Make your check out to: "Path to Healing, Inc."

 

Mail your check to:           c/o Keri-Ann Wagner

                                           Path to Healing, Inc.

                                           448 Turnpike St, #2-1C

                                           South Easton, MA 02375

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For more information, please email info@pathtohealingma.org