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transitional Living Program “Stepping Stone”. A program designed to aid youth in their quest for independence. Kimberly Wood Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program Director Centre County Youth Service Bureau. transitional Living Program. 8 bed residential facility for youth ages 16-21

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transitional Living Program

“Stepping Stone”

A program designed to aid youth in their quest for independence.

  • Kimberly Wood

  • Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program Director

  • Centre County Youth Service Bureau


transitional Living Program

  • 8 bed residential facility for youth ages 16-21

    • 4 beds reserved for homeless youth

    • 4 beds for youth in the care of a placing agency

  • Off-site apartment for 2 homeless youth

  • Connected to an SOP and BCP through our larger agency

  • Non-Residential services available

  • Funded through placement per diems, FYSB TLP grant, HUD McKinney-Vento SHP grant, and CDBG funding.


Accessing Shelter & Services

  • Outreach done weekly by TLP staff

  • Application/Interview process to determine need and eligibility (can happen immediately)

  • 24 hour staff coverage allows any staff to take a referral at any time

  • Only barriers to entry – capacity, safety, voluntary

  • Emergency bed located in off-site apartment

  • Can access non-residential services, or possibly HPRP services while on waiting list

  • Client assistance dollars can be used for rent/utility stipends


First 30 Days of Residency

  • Initial Treatment Plan

    • Free time/curfew, employment, education, etc.

  • Assessments completed & Client Story created

    • Substance Abuse Assessment

    • Self Assessment

    • Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment

    • Behavior and Emotional Rating Scale Assessment

  • Intake Assignments

    • Staff Introductions

    • Know Your Community

    • Meeting with Program Director

  • Individual Service Plan (run similar to FGDM)


Residency Requirements

  • Must be pursuing education, if you have not already graduated

  • Must work 15 hours each week (if in school), 35 hours each week (if out of school)

  • Meet with 2-4 staff weekly to complete individual life skill lessons

  • Must pay 25% of paychecks toward rent (up to $70 or $140 per month) and 30% into a savings account

  • Attend weekly life skill workshops


Aftercare

  • Complete 1 month, 6 month, and 1 year follow-ups with alumni

  • Alumni eligible for aftercare services indefinitely

  • Can provide some financial assistance

  • Alumni and current residents can access our educational endowment


Outcomes(clients who exited in 2010)


Outcomes(clients who exited in 2010)


Outcomes(clients who exited in 2011)

  • 30 youth served residentially

    • 19 males

    • 11 females

  • 86% of residential youth who resided at TLP in 2011 for over 30 days, were successful in obtaining employment during their residency.

  • 85% of youth who exited the program in 2011 were successful in moving out independently or reuniting with family


Biggest Obstacles*other than funding!

  • Lack of employment opportunities that pay living wage or offer full time hours

  • Lack of affordable housing

  • Lack of transportation

  • Landlord resistance to renting to our kids, requiring a co-signer, etc.

  • Communication with youth after a referral or after discharge (no phone, phone numbers constantly change, move around a lot)

  • “Aging Out” youth


Questions?

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Contact Information:

Kimberly Wood

[email protected]

Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program

334 South Burrowes Street

State College, PA 16801

(814) 234-2632


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