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Housing and Life Skills for Young Adults

Emerging Adults Program for Youth Leaving Foster Care or Mental Health Residential Treatment

The Emerging Adults program provides a comprehensive array of supportive housing and habilitation services for youth ages 18 to 25 living with serious emotional disturbances who have recently graduated out of the state’s foster care system and/or adolescent residential recovery for mental illness or co-occurring disorder. In addition to 24/7 supervised supportive housing, this program also includes mental health and substance abuse treatment, recovery and resiliency skills training, education and employment training and support, and life skills training such as financial management, wellness and nutrition, personal grooming and hygiene, leisure and community engagement, relationship building, and household management.

As youth demonstrate their ability to live more independently, they move to neighboring housing with decreased supervision before transitioning to fully independent living. The programming is based on the evidenced-based Transition to Independence Process (TIP model) developed and researched by Hewitt “Rusty” Clark and associates at the University of South Florida.  Beginning in fall 2011, the non-residential treatment and recovery services were moved to a day program allowing additional eligible youth living in independent community housing to participate in the program.

For more information:

Julia Barlar, Emerging Adults Director
Ph:  615-242-3576, ext. 401

Deborah Greathouse , Emerging Adults Housing Supervisor
Ph: (615) 242-3576, ext. 400, Fax: (615) 228-4344