Spotlight on: Adult Transitional Living

At Adult & Child Health, independence is a major goal moving many clients through our service lines. It’s the core tenet of skills work: To help struggling people handle the intricacies of adult life. A lot of clients who benefit from by-appointment skills work out in the community. A&C’s Adult Transitional Living homes exist for those who need support every day.

Kimberly Brand is the Team Leader of A&C’s Adult Transitional Living (ATL) site, at 2131 Fairfax Road, on Indianapolis’ southside. It’s a collection of rented buildings comprised of duplex homes that house clients, two to a unit.

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How Adult Transitional Living works

All mornings begin with medication, weekends and holidays included. The clients at ATL are almost exclusively adults who have serious mental illness who require medication on a day-to-day basis. Staff members make rounds every morning and night throughout the Fairfax location. They distribute medications and make sure clients take them at the right times and in the right dosage. These rounds in the morning and the evening often provide the day’s framework.

Adult Transitional Living is not a facility, per se, and the clients who live there are free to come and go as they please. Services such as intensive 1-on-1 skills sessions bolster their daily living skills. They assist in areas like cooking, cleaning, taking care of bills, insurance and budgeting.

Participants must pay $425 monthly for rent, which includes utilities. They also have to utilize Adult & Child Health services, and  show demonstrated skills needs and a willingness to engage.

Watch Adult Transitional Living resident Alice’s story here:

Who’s an ideal Transitional Living resident?

Many clients come to the program from the community-based service line. Those who are already involved in skills development, but continue to need more intensive support are perfect candidates for the program.

Sometimes, ATL functions as a stopgap between independent living and residential treatment at the state hospital. The program can function as an intervention for those who are dangerously close to hospitalization. It can also be a stepping stone for those who are leaving the state hospital who still need to build up to living on their own.

The whole point of ATL is to help clients with serious mental illness regulate their lives and gain independence. Those who are in the program are required to need a high level of support and actively work toward their goals with the staff. Brand said some people mistakenly think the program is a homelessness relief program. Therefore, she’s careful to fully screen potential clients to make sure they truly need all of the offered services.

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How the Transitional Living program is growing

As Adult & Child Health grows, ATL grows along with it. New staff positions expand services and heighten the quality of the program. They’ve added a staff nurse, which has streamlined all medication needs. Before adding that position, it was a huge headache for the staff to constantly monitor ever-changing prescriptions for all clients. Now, a an on-site nurse is manages medical needs and handles medication issues.

Also, recent hire Nathan Garlick signifies ATL’s venture into providing more on-site services. Garlick is the first staff therapist who works exclusively out of ATL with ATL residents. Many clients are already involved in A&C therapy, but having a therapist on-site all day for appointments and group sessions helps the team immensely. This means fewer issues with transportation, more availability, and a heightened focus on the residents’ needs.

Brand is excited for the program to keep growing and innovating. Looking to the future, she notes that some clients need a higher level of care and would benefit from a group-home type model. The impact the staff has on clients’ lives plays out before their eyes daily. Hopefully, the future brings more residents, more services, and more confidence for clients winning back their independence.

This is an updated version of an article that originally published Nov. 30, 2017.

8 Comments

    jason evans

    I am interested in this program. I need more information or contacts.

      Admin

      Hi Jason, thanks so much for reaching out!
      We’d love to get you in contact with the right people to learn more about this program. Keep an eye on your email, we’ll send some information about who to contact to the email address you provided.
      Take care!

    Jason Riddle

    Who is the point of contact to complete an initial screening for appropriateness into the ATL program? Thanks

      Admin

      Hi Jason, thank you for your interest in the ATL program. We will go ahead and send an email to the email address you provided with information on who you can contact to learn more about our screening process.
      Take care.

    alice

    Hello everyone im a single mother and i help take care of my sister cuz my mother doesnt wont her there so ive been doing what i have to but i just lost my job and my sister did to we work at red lobster but they f***ed us over and fired us . so now im just reaching out for help , i like to have my son going tho all this and me and my sister doesnt not have any one that want to help us , we r hard worker and caring , loving girls . pls help so im hoping going tho adult and child will help us out .

      Admin

      Hello Alice, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re struggling. Thank you for reaching out to us, I hope that we’re able to help.
      It sounds like you might have multiple layers of need. The best course of action for you to begin services would be to go through our Open Access program to get you set up with the appropriate resources. Please follow this link to learn more about it: https://adultandchild.org/open-access/
      You can also always give us a call at 877-882-5122 to discuss how we can help you.

    Alma

    Hi, my name is Alma. I just moved back to Indy in March with my fiancee n our son from Pennsylvania. It has been a struggle and at the beginning of this month my fiancee passed away leaving me n his son behind. Before he passed away we also found out that we are expecting another baby. I’ve been staying with a friend and now my stay has out welcomed it self due to financial situation. I do have other children that are staying with their dad for the mean time but he is about to get married and move in his new girlfriend and her daughter my children do not like her or the daughter. I really need some help and pointed in the right direction. I don’t like asking for help and it hurts me to reach out I really need some support and guidance so I can better provide for my family now that it is just me being the mother/father. Please help me and my family.

      Admin

      Hi Alma, it’s really brave of you to reach out for help in this tough situation. I think it would be helpful for you to go through our Open Access at whichever location is best for you. This just means that you will talk about your specific needs with an Access Screener who will get you set up with the proper supports. You can find more info on that here: https://adultandchild.org/open-access/ Right now, the times we offer Open Access are subject to change, so I would encourage you to call ahead to the closest location to you to confirm when is best to come in.
      You can also call the main Adult and Child line at 877-882-5122 to speak more in-depth about your current needs and get additional information from one of our Call Center operators.
      Thanks so much for reaching out. Please do contact us through one of these methods and we’ll help however we can.

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