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Pre-Independent Living (Pre-IL)

pre01Saint Vincent’s Pre-Independent Living Program provides a community-based congregate care setting for adolescent youth, ages 16 or older, with individualized support which addresses all aspects of life skills development for a successful transition to independent living. The program provides a therapeutic, goal-directed alternative for youth who are unable to live in a family setting but are able to independently manage community access.

While residing in the pre-independent living group home, youth attend school within the community, including public school, special education-collaborative or GED programs. Staff works closely with family members, life-long connections and community resources to develop and maintain nurturing relationships that will support the youth’s life in the community. Each youth’s case manager serves as the liaison with families, collaterals and providers to ensure both timely and accurate reporting of treatment information. The case manager also addresses educational advocacy issues and supports parents, educational surrogate parents and others to ensure the proper educational placement for those youth requiring special education programming.

Pre-IL includes:

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  • therapeutic, age-appropriate congregate care
  • case management
  • collaboration with community-based services and supports
  • development and nurturing of healthy life-long relationships
  • family-centered programming
  • continued attendance at youth’s identified community school, when indicated
  • educational advocacy
  • assistance with navigating healthcare/medical services
  • access to psychiatric services (including psychopharmacology)
  • access to clinical services (including individual, family and group therapy)
  • developing a support network
  • Life Skills services (including vocational and transitional services)
  • developing economic self-sufficiency
  • recreation