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The Pilots apartment services program provides permanent housing and case management support for individuals with mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance abuse disorder who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Pilots’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. This program is a collaborative effort with the Family & Children’s Agency, Inc. of Norwalk. 

Keystone’s CSP (Community Support Program) follows the statewide model that includes a comprehensive array of rehabilitation services most of which are provided in non-office settings by a mobile staff.

Keystone’s Community Support 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. Services are focused on skill building with a goal of maximizing self-management skills and independence. Case management support includes acting as a liaison with clinicians and medical providers, transportation, medication and symptom management and arranging entitlements.

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 client-centered to meet the goals, hopes and dreams of participants. Individualized services and skill groups are focused 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, and outings to explore community resources. Many of our activities promote physical wellness as well. Several days a week clients work out at the Westport Y, other days the Community Living Center holds a walking club and a gardening club.  Many clients enjoy walks on the beach or nature trails at Earth Place in Westport.  In addition to wellness activities in the community, Keystone is able to offer a client run Tai Chi group, a fitness group with a certified fitness instructor and a staff run yoga group.  CLC began a client-run GED preparation group with several clients prepared to pursue the GED exam, and a new computer class has begun as well.  Ultimately, services focus on providing the skills and supports required for clients to remain in the communities of their choice.

Our two group home facilities offer a safe and supportive environment where an individual, who is struggling with the many symptoms of their mental illness, can learn the skills and routines needed to live more independently in the community. Individualized service plans are developed to address skill and support needs. All residents 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 majority of clients move on to their own apartment in the community, some return to their home, and a few realize that their needs require a more intensive level of care. The two facilities have staff on site 24/7and are licensed by CT Department of Public Health.