CHD developed the Independent Living Program in 1983 as a resource for state agencies needing cogent programming for youth aging out of state care. This is a voluntary program serving young adults between the ages of 17-22 years referred by DCF. Independent Living is a scattered-site program, meaning each youth is placed in his/her own apartment throughout the Greater Springfield area. The program offers guidance in acquiring skills that will help young adults make the transition to independence and self-sufficiency. Clients are provided with individual apartments, basic utilities and assistance in daily living expenses. Multiple individual visits are made with each client weekly by their assigned caseworker. These weekly meetings assist with independent living skills and connect clients with community resources.
Areas of focus include:
Education – GED, High School Diploma, career training, college financial aid (FASA, Scholarships, Community Resources)
Work Readiness – Development of a resume, obtaining job references, job hunting, completion of applications, interviewing skills and developing a positive work ethic
Daily Living Skills – Nutrition, personal & environmental hygiene, sexual health, parenting skills, mental health and money management
Case Management / Treatment Planning – Advocacy with state and federal agencies, advocacy with the court system, advocacy with mental health providers
Crisis Intervention – 24-hour emergency support services