Scattered Sites Apartment Living supports older youth by helping them learn and practice the skills necessary to successfully transition into adult life. Services include apartment living, case management, employment and educational services, medical and psychiatric services.
The path to adulthood can be difficult at times for most. But for older youth transitioning into adulthood without all the necessary life skills, that path can be even more difficult to navigate..
Our apartment-living services are provided based on a treatment plan developed before the youth moves into apartment living. Case managers then assist with employment and education referrals, developing skills for self-sufficiency such as budgeting and shopping, and helping with transportation as needed. A vital part of this program is to link the youth with positive community resources and adult mentors.
Placements are offered in and near a Great Circle campus location, usually within a 40-mile radius. Great Circle staff meet with youth on an as-needed basis as determined by behavior and current service plan goals, ranging from daily to once a week. Staff offer support, mentoring, accountability, skills training, financial assistance and transportation, and will accompany youth for all appointments until the youth is proficient and comfortable taking over these responsibilities by him or herself. After an initial assessment period, youth are assisted in establishing therapeutic and medical services in the community.
Training and treatment interventions focus on supporting youth through the transition
to greater self-sufficiency across the following domains:
- Academic achievement: One of the primary goals of youth participating in Scattered Sites Apartment Living is to attain the highest level of education and/or vocational training possible during their enrollment in the program.
- Job readiness: Strengthening job skills is vital in helping older youth transition to self-sufficiency and adult independence. Employment expectations are based on the youth’s educational and/or training obligations, emotional and cognitive functioning and goals outlined in the individualized service plan.
- Community services and support: The Great Circle Model of Care places high priority on providing the direct care staff with the tools they need to successfully develop trusting relationships with the youth being served through the agency’s program. Staff in Scattered Sites Apartment Living serve as ongoing mentors for youth in the program. Youth are encouraged by these mentors and their staff to become engaged in service opportunities in their communities.
- Youth leadership: Youth participating in Scattered Sites Apartment Living are actively involved in all aspects of their day-to-day service plan. In addition, the treatment team encourages youth to engage in opportunities that promote leadership and increase developmental assets.
- Independent living skills: A primary goal of Scattered Sites Apartment Living is to assist youth in their transition to adult independence. In order to accomplish this task, youth must achieve greater self-sufficiency across the following domains: employment, education, living situation, community life functioning, interpersonal communication skills, self-determination, emotional and behavioral well-being, physical health and parenting. Great Circle staff provide youth with ongoing support, feedback, and remediation in their progress towards greater self-sufficiency. Staff work with youth to learn how to manage their finances, budget for groceries and supplies and learn to keep a sanitary and safe home.
Individual therapy, family therapy and psychiatric services may be available through Great Circle on an individual basis, but generally youth are supported and assisted in obtaining these services in the community. Youth are also supported in obtaining outpatient substance abuse education and therapy as needed.