Young adults who experience mental illness often find themselves caught between systems of care that aren’t designed to meet their needs. CareLink’s Transition Age services recognize the complex challenges that mental illness and co-occurring disorders present to finding one’s place in the community.
Our flexible array of psychosocial rehabilitation services including residential services, care management, and family outreach can make it possible for people to reach their goals for stable, satisfying community living.
The program serves young men and women ages 18-22 from Delaware County who have a mental illness. Often people needing services will also experience co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse, mental retardation, autistic spectrum disorders, adjustment problems, medical disorders, hearing and vision or other physical impairments.
The Transition Age Program ensures that the individual interests, needs, goals, and cultural and ethnic preferences of each person are reflected in the services they receive. Services emphasize the development of living skills, social skills, vocational/education skills, and constructive leisure/recreation activities. Learning takes place in the context of the community so that treatment activities have direct application.
CareLink’s Transitional Age residential services employ a team of staff composed specifically to address the needs of the young people to be served. We are a vital part of each person’s network of care. Our staff coordinates services closely with family, psychiatrists, juvenile justice, probation and parole, medical professionals and other resource providers.
Services are not time limited. The program is licensed as a CRR adult program in Delaware County under Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare regulations.
The program offers two different residential settings in which to learn: a self-contained residence and scattered site apartments. Each living arrangement serves a maximum of six people. In the residence, 24-hour support and supervision allows for frequent contact including safety checks or one on one staffing if necessary. People who live in the scattered site apartments will receive less frequent as established in their service plan. Among the areas that may be addressed are:
Employment and education are normalizing experiences in a young person’s life, experiences that are especially challenging for those with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. The program’s Educational/Vocational Specialist brings CareLink’s expertise in career services to the transition age population.
We provide individualized employment, education, and training services to promote self-worth, the development of natural supports, and community integration. Job placement in itself is not our goal. Teaching people to help themselves by expanding their existing skills is the key to success. We use individualized career counseling and offer a variety of skills training options to teach and build needed employment and education supports.
Capturing the interests of young people and helping them to have engaging activities is critical to recovery. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist ensures that the program atmosphere is vibrant and offers an interesting and diverse schedule of activities for when program participants are not pursuing their educational and vocational goals.
A person’s family and other natural supports are critical for promoting change and sustaining progress. We encourage family involvement in formal and informal ways so we can work together to support treatment goals.
Family and/or significant others are invited to participate in treatment team planning and progress reviews. Regular psycho-educational group meetings provide information on the principles of recovery and offer support for family members.
For more information or to make a referral please contact:
Victoria Ley, Program Supervisor
18 South Sycamore Avenue
Clifton Heights, PA 19018