Transitional Independent Living Programs

With the goal of helping older teens and young adults (ages 18-24 in most cases) individuate from their families and integrate successfully into the larger community, transitional independent-living programs combine home-like living with supportive activities. Young adults receive counseling and mentorship and are given opportunities to attend community colleges or vocational schools, participate in volunteer activities, or intern or work for local businesses.

Many of these programs model themselves after home-based residential programs as they facilitate the transition to independence. They teach life skills such as time-and money-management, employment skills, and interpersonal effectiveness. Twelve-step-based transitional living programs have been around for years, but more recently this model has also been applied to young adults who do not have the skills to transition into adulthood.

Length of stay is typically 6 months to one year.