Transitional Living Program

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is intended for a youth, age 16 or 17 and over, whose permanency goal is not reunification, adoption or legal guardianship. Transitional living experiences for youth are vital. The purpose of the transitional living program is to provide a living environment that provides a path for the youth to transition from alternative care to self sufficiency and achieves the outcome of preparing the youth to live independently.

Adolescence is a time of testing, not only one’s abilities but others’ abilities as well. It is a time of trial and error. Our out-of-home care youth need to be allowed to make mistakes and to learn by natural consequences. Staff and care providers are to assist the youth with coping and learning from their successes and deficits.

When youth in out-of-home care make mistakes, staff and care providers need to exhibit patience, support and guidance. Youth need to feel the security that we will not give up on them, rather, we will work with them as they learn how to live and function in the adult world.

Ideally, TLP offers the youth the opportunity to transition smoothly from a more restrictive environment to a less restrictive setting based on the readiness of the youth. TLP allows the youth to apply what has been learned in their life skills teaching to actual daily living. Based on the particular needs of the youth, they may progress from one setting to another but may enter or exit any living situation at any time when it is felt by staff and the youth that they are ready for a change.

Transitional Living Program Group Home (TLG):

A licensed, residential, child care site where older youth, ages 16-18, who have a plan of independent living concentrate on preparation for independent living and completion of their educational/vocational programs in a supervised group setting. Youth are currently enrolled and actively participating in Chafee Foster Care Independence Program services. Youth should not work more than 20 hours per week, if they attend school full time. Typically, youth entering a TLG have been residing in a residential treatment facility. Youth are expected to maintain employment and develop goals and plans for their future. All facilities that are contracted as TLP group homes are licensed as residential child care agencies by the Residential Program Unit within Central Office.

Once placed, the group home is responsible for completing a day-to-day service plan that addresses all items listed in the Adolescent FST Guide and Individualized Action Plan, CD-94, within 30 days of the youth’s initial placement and quarterly thereafter. The group home provider’s service plan should address:

In order to meet the individual day-to-day service plan, the provider is responsible for contacting, interviewing, and screening youth, lesson planning, liaison activities, skills assessment, record keeping, pre and post testing evaluation, material and resource organization, organization of field trips, incentives for youth, and purchasing supplies for independent living skills training.

The provider of TL services is to reassess the youth annually and upon discharge utilizing the CLSA .

Once a youth is residing in a Transitional Living Group Home, Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Services will be provided by the TLG provider.

Transitional Living Program Single/Scattered Site Apartments (TLS):

This program offers youth, ages 18-20, with a plan of independent living, ideally from a TLP group home, the opportunity to practice life skills and prepare for the future in an apartment setting. Youth in this type of placement receive support and guidance, but supervision is minimal. To be considered for TLS, youth need to demonstrate the ability to make responsible decisions, maintain employment, and have a clear understanding of the financial and emotional demands of living independently. Youth entering TLS ideally would be currently enrolled and actively participating in Chafee Foster Care Independence Program services.

There are two types of Transitional Living Single/Scattered Site Apartment services:

A structured Transitional Living Single/Scattered Site Apartment service is defined as a support being available for the youth to contact twenty-four (24) hours per day and the youth is visited, at a minimum, every seventy-two (72) hours in the youth’s living arrangement.

An unstructured Transitional Living Single/Scattered Site Apartment service is defined as a support being available to the youth upon request of the youth and the youth is visited a minimum of one (1) time per week. At least one (1) such visit each month is in the youth’s living arrangement.

A scattered site apartment is defined as a self-contained furnished (refrigerator, stove, bed, oven, table, chairs, etc.) unit with utilities (trash, sewer/water, electricity/gas, phone accessibility, etc) cooking, sleeping, and bath facilities for no more than one (1) youth per bedroom. Scattered site apartments may include apartments adjacent to other treatment programs, or sites scattered throughout the community and/or apartments clustered together. The apartment must provide a pleasant, clean, safe and healthful environment. Placement settings are located in community environments to allow the youth full access to services and resources in order to fully develop independent living skills.

The apartment must provide a pleasant, clean, safe (including fire extinguisher and fire alarm), and healthful environment. The apartment should be in good repair, including proper screening for ventilation, sufficient window coverings to assure the privacy of each client, and pest controlled. All painted surfaces should be in good condition. All areas and surfaces must be free of undesirable odors. Placement settings are located in community environments to allow the youth full access to services and resources in order to fully develop independent living skills.

Furniture and furnishings should be comfortable and maintained in clean condition and good repair. All upholstered furniture should not be torn. If furniture is torn, it must be covered with fitted slipcovers. The slipcovers must be clean and in good repair with no tears. Throws are not acceptable to cover torn furniture. Chairs should not be broken, have cracked frames, or in any other way be unsafe or unsightly.

All sleeping areas must be physically separated by gender unless otherwise pre-approved by the state agency in writing. There should not be more than one (1) resident per bedroom occupying a given living arrangement unless otherwise approved by the family support team, the youth, the state agency case manager, the provider, and the state agency.

Once placed, the TL Provider is responsible for completing a day-to-day service plan that addresses all items listed in the Adolescent FST Guide and Individualized Action Plan, CD-94 within 30 days of the youth’s initial placement and quarterly thereafter. The TL provider’s service plan should address:

The provider will demonstrate, document and report competencies obtained by youth for inclusion on the Adolescent FST Guide and Individualized Action Plan, CD-94. In order to meet the individual day-to-day service plan, the provider is responsible for contacting, interviewing and screening youth, lesson planning, liaison activities, skills assessment, record keeping, pre and post testing evaluation, material and resource organization, organization of field trips, incentives for youth, and purchasing supplies for independent living skills training.

The provider is to reassess the youth annually and upon discharge utilizing the CLSA .

Once a youth is residing in a Transitional Living Scattered Site Placement, Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Services will be provided by the TLS provider.