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The PILOTS supportive apartment services program provides permanent housing and case management support for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. PILOT’s staff work to engage individuals in an effort to generate and increase motivation to accept needed services and housing, and to assist in selecting, obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Case management support is designed to help residents meet the obligations of tenancy, to increase residential stability, to increase daily living skills, to maintain recovery from substance abuse and mental illness, to increase natural supports and to maximize self determination. Program staff are available Monday–Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, this program is a collaborative effort with the Family & Children’s Agency, Inc.

Keystone’s Supported Apartment Services program emphasizes the development of independent living skills and natural community supports for individuals with a psychiatric disability living independently in their own apartment in the community. Staff is available 7 days a week, 8:30am-10pm, to provide residential support which includes: assisting with daily living skills, shopping, cooking, cleaning, money management, negotiating with landlords and the many other skills necessary to maintain an independent living environment. Case management support includes acting as a liaison with clinicians and medical providers, transportation, medication and symptom management and arranging entitlements. The program additionally provides supports for a subset of in dividuals who have both a psychiatric and substance abuse diagnoses. Staff trained in dual diagnosis service delivery provide residential support and case management services to program participants through an integrated approach which addresses both mental health and substance abuse needs. Evidenced based practices are utilized to ensure that individuals are not discharged from the program due to an increase in symptoms or relapse.

Keystone’s Supervised Housing Program opened in January of 2006, to provide long term housing supports for clients who were residing in an institutional setting or living in a group home and had been unable to successfully live more independently in the community. This program provides clients with the necessary skills to live as independently as individually possible in the community. Value is placed on providing residents with a home environment that is designed to enhance the individuals’ quality of life. Special emphasis is placed on giving clients an opportunity to reach his/her fullest potential. This program is staffed 24/7.

The Community Living Center is a psychosocial program designed to provide a friendly and supportive environment where individuals with a psychiatric disability can engage in social interaction with peers and find new ways to access natural community supports. Services in the Community Living Center program are clientcentered to meet the goals, hopes and dreams of participants. Individualized services and skill groups are focus ed on recovery and are developed to increase independence. Program activities include: advocacy, outreach, peer support, symptom monitoring and management, educational programs/speakers, a computer lab including internet access, outings to explore community resources, and peer supports. Ultimately, services focus on providing the skills and supports required for clients to remain in the communities of their choice.

For example: Job Club Works, each month Keystone staff conducts a Job Club for clients who are either in the workforce or are looking for employment. Most recently the topic of Job Search was discussed.  Job seekers shared resources on places to look for jobs and how to effectively apply.  Other valuable topics have been Time Management and tips on how to best fit in the social culture of the workplace.

Another example: Movie Night is a favorite monthly event that Keystone’s Community Living Center hosts for agency clients. A current or classic film is selected and played for a large group of clients.  Staff and clients prepare a meal and the evening becomes a great social event.  “I look forward to movie night and the good movies we always have” said Barbara, a movie night faithful.

Our two group home facilities offer a safe and supportive environment where residents are assisted in the development of the skills they will need to make their transition to independent living successful. Individualized service plans are developed to address skill and support needs. All clients participate in a minimum of 40 hours of rehabilitation services every month. This can consist of group participation or individual interventions with a primary case manager or clinician at the facility. Support services and skill training activities may include: symptom management, supervision of self administration of prescribed medications, budgeting, shopping, laundry, hygiene, housekeeping, use of public transportation, educational pursuits, employment, maintaining optimal health and accessing clinical services. All clients receive assistance in finding, funding, and securing future living arrangements. The two facilities have staff on site 24/7 and are licensed by CT Department of Public Health.