Transitional Living/Pathways is a group home designed to serve five youth ages 16 to 21. These youth have been long-term, out-of-home placements such as out-of-state or in-state residential facilities or long-term foster care that are transitioning into independence. Burlington's Transitional Living/Pathways program collaborates with other agencies to provide youth with individualized vocational training and supervised job placements while they're residing in a structured group home setting with direct instruction and modeling of social life and daily living skills. This program has been made possible through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Behavioral Health Services.
In Transitional Living/Pathways, Phase 1, youth live in a home with 24 hour supervision and receive support to gain the necessary skills needed for independence. The program offers a a circle of support for youth which includes social and emotional well-being, daily living skills training, independent living skills, and self-advocacy. We collaborate with other agencies to provide job skills training, work adjustment, per-vocational training, and supported employment resulting in community-based jobs. All youth are to attend school and maintain employment while they move through the Steps to gain the skills necessary to move to the next Phase.
Transitional Living/Pathways, Phase 2, is supported apartment living, receiving 5 hours of direct support daily. Youth will demonstrate the ability to access community services while maintaining 40 productive hours of school, work, or community service. They are provided with a realistic living experience and take full responsibility for their own social and emotional well-being. This includes house- keeping, time management, food preparation, leisure activities, medical needs, and their finances. Youth will experience the consequences of their daily actions and decisions, enabling them to succeed in life.
Phase 3 is the final step in the Transitioning Program continuum. After completing Transitional Living/Pathways, Phase 2, youth will be referred to Chafee Transitional Living Program for ongoing services. While there, they will continue to receive assistance with daily needs such as case management, transportation, educational needs, referrals for counseling, etc. Assistance is determined on a case by case basis and is continued for each youth for one year.
Transitional Living Includes:
Initial Assessment of Skills, Educational Services, Jobs and Career Exploration, Daily Living Skills,
Health and Human Sexuality, Family Life/Interpersonal Relationships, Recreational Activities,
Utilization of Community Systems and Services.