Transitional Living Program
The Transitional Living Program aims to help those ages 16 or over whose permanency goals are not reunification, adoption or legal guardianship by providing a place to live and help with independence. Transitional living experiences are a great way to transition from alternative care to living on your own. The two transitional living experiences offered through the program are:
- Transitional Living Program Group Home
- Transitional Living Program Single/Scattered Site Apartments
Staff and care providers involved in the Transitional Living Program offer support and guidance to help you learn how to live successfully as an adult and become independent. Your support team will help you every step of the way as you transition to independent living.
Your transitional living plan will be based on your particular needs. You may move from one living situation to the next when you and your support team feel you are ready for a change.
Transitional Living Program Group Home
Transitional Living Program Group Homes help youth between the ages of 16 and 18 work toward independent living and complete their schooling/work training in a supervised group setting. Typically youth who move to a Transitional Living Program Group Home have been residing in a residential treatment facility.
Those living in a Transitional Living Program Group Home should:
- Be enrolled and participating in Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (should be provided by the group home)
- Attend school
- Get and keep a job (if they are attending school full time, they should not work more than 20 hours a week)
- Develop goals and future plans
Transitional Living Program Single/Scattered Site Apartments
This program helps young adults between the ages of 18 and 20 work towards independent living and gives them the opportunity to practice living on their own in an apartment setting. Ideally young adults will move here from a Transitional Living Program Group Home and will receive Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood. Young adults placed in an apartment will receive support and guidance, but overall supervision is minimal.
To be considered for Transitional Living Program Single/Scattered Site Apartments, young adults must:
- Show they are able to make responsible decisions
- Get and keep a job
- Understand how to manage their money and pay bills
- Understand the motional demands of living on their own
There are two types of Transitional Living Single/Scattered Site Apartment services:
- Structured - This service offers support 24 hours per day and the youth is visited, at a minimum, every 72 hours while involved in the program
- Unstructured - This service offers support upon request and the youth is visited a minimum of one time per week, with at least one such visit each month at the youth's apartment while involved in the program
Apartment are furnished (refrigerator, stove, bed, oven, table, chairs, etc.) and have basic utilities available, such as trash, sewer/water, electricity/gas, phone accessibility, etc. Apartments will house no more than one youth per bedroom, unless otherwise approved by the family support team, the youth, the case manager, the provider, and the state agency. Apartments may be located near other treatment programs, throughout the community, or may be clustered together. Placements in the community allow full access to the services and resources needed to become independent.
Transitional Living Providers
Transitional living providers help youth participate in Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood. In addition, all Transitional Living Program Group Homes are required to be licensed as a residential child care agency.
Transitional living providers are required to complete a daily service plan that addresses:
- Academic achievement
- Job readiness
- Community services and support
- Youth leadership
- Independent living skills training
Service plans must be completed within 30 days of the youth entering the program and again each quarter. In order to meet the daily service plan, providers are responsible for:
- Contacting, interviewing and screening youth
- Lesson planning
- Liaison activities
- Skill assessments
- Record keeping
- Pre and post-testing evaluations
- Material and resource organization
- Organization of field trips or other incentives for youth
- Independent living skills training