Provides supervised living, individual/group counseling, employment counseling, academic counseling, job coaching and community networking to youth preparing for independence. The goal is to become self-sufficient and live successfully on their own.
1) Supervised Independent Living
Eligibility criteria include youth having an IQ of 70 or above; emotional disturbance or acting-out behavior that does not preclude living in a community-based facility; have only moderate difficulties in maintaining relationships in the spheres of school, work and family; and have the desire and motivation to live independently.
Program services include: preparation for adult living, individual and group counseling, life skills training, casework, health care, crisis intervention, employment counseling, academic counseling, job coaching, independent living skills and community networking.
2) Developmentally-Disabled Transitional Living Phase
The DD-TLP was created as a “bridge” in services from residential treatment facilities to adult DD services. In limited circumstances, youth from home based programs will be considered for the DD-TLP program to further independent skill development. The program will be aimed at the opportunity to learn independent living skills and enhance the community integration of DCFS wards with a diagnosed Developmental Disability. The program is designed to facilitate the smooth, successful transition of individuals into adult DHS-DD funded services.
Individuals with a developmental disability will have deficits in general mental abilities (intellectual functioning). This is typically an FSIQ score of below 70. They also have concurrent deficits or impairments in adaptive behavior in one or more aspects of daily life activities such as communication, daily living skills, socialization, and motor skills. These deficits result in the need for ongoing support at school, work, or independent life. Most of these youth will require life-long, extensive interventions or intensive intermittent interventions in an adult community based-setting.
The program will serve youth that DCFS has guardianship of providing Transitional Living services for those youth, who are minimally 17.5 years and older and who are diagnosed with a Developmental Disability (DD). The youth served in this program will eventually transition into the adult Department of Human Services - Developmental Disability (DHS-DD) system requiring placement in adult DD living arrangements. The acquisition of these skills will increase the likelihood of them being accepted in and ultimately successful in those adult placements.
3) Independent Living Option
Independent Living Program (ILO) Services are casework and other supportive services that are provided to assist eligible youth living in an apartment in the community to prepare for transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency, and establish (or reestablish) legal relationships and/or permanent connections with committed adults. This program level is developed for youth 19 years of age and older who have demonstrated the capacity for economic self-sufficiency, graduated from an accredited high school or obtained a GED, and are employed or employable. Youth in ILO can reasonably be expected to live autonomously and without daily staff oversight. Youth will be assisted in selecting sustainable housing and employment while enhancing their educational and or vocational preparation. Youth will be taught budget skills and be expected to maintain their own budget, assuming increasingly greater responsibility for their own living expenses. Nearly all services will be community based to ensure sustainable connections. By age 20, half of all youth in ILO are expected to be in their final living arrangement and living in that arrangement without financial support. Progressive independence is the measure for success.
4) Transitional Living Phase
Daily workshops teach the initial and more intense independent living and pro-social skills. Youth are provided with weekly individual and group clinical sessions. In this phase, youth share a house with other residents. 24-hour supervision is provided. Through daily life skills groups, youth are provided with the vocational skills necessary to seek and maintain employment, budgeting, meal planning, accessing public transportation and increasing knowledge of community resources. Financial support is given in the areas of food, clothing, allowance and transportation.
For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Bennett – Director
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