Independent Living Services
Our goal is to help youth become adults who are able to contribute to society and meet life situations adequately and in a personally satisfying way. Where youth would otherwise be left entirely on their own at age 18, supportive independent living gives them the opportunity to practice life skills while backup supports such as guidance, emotional support, and financial assistance are provided.
ILS program personnel provide supportive services in order to help youth meet their physical, emotional, and educational needs. We utilize the Transition to Independence Process Model an evidenced based best practice, reality-based approach guided by current research and focused on behavioral change for youth through a multi-disciplinary team. Service Plans, developed with input from youth and other Support Team members, are individualized and strength-based. ILS encourages informed decision making by youth and ensures they have the opportunity to be involved in decisions that impact their future and services they receive.
Youth in our Independent Living program are placed in individual apartments at a clustered site with the case manager (transition facilitator) office located on site. This office also service as a Life Skills Center and has a Life Coach available 7 days a week.
While in our Independent Living program, youth have access to the following:
- Case Management services, including emergency after-hours response
- Medication Management
- Proximity to and availability of Transition Facilitator (case manager) outside of scheduled appointment times
- Life Skills groups twice weekly utilizing the Daniel Memorial Independent Living Curriculum
- Access to the Life Skills Center supervised by a Life Skills Coach daily
- Life Skills Center with computer and internet access for youth, a meeting area, and working kitchen
- Availability of a Life Skills Coach for support, teaching, and consultation
Our Independent Living Services (ILS) program serves youth ages 16-21 near our Anderson location.