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Young Adult (18-24)

Transitional Living Program

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides homeless youth, between the ages of 18 and 21, safe living accommodations and services that help them develop the skills necessary to move to successful independent living. Youth can stay in the program for 22 months to continue their education, secure sustainable employment, and permanent housing. Youth work with a case manager to develop an individual service plan with specific outcome goals. They have access to mental health, medical and substance use services.

Who is eligible?

Plum Step-down Program

The Plum Step-down program provides comprehensive residential services to males, between the ages of 4 and 20 years of age, who are diagnosed with a mental illness and are in need of a step down home following discharge from a Residential Treatment Facility, psychiatric hospital or in need of other specialized residential care as they transition home or back into the community.

Who is eligible?

Sylvan Step-down Program

The Sylvan Step-down program provides comprehensive residential services to females, between the ages of 10 and 20 years of age, who are diagnosed with a mental illness and are in need of a step down home following discharge from a Residential Treatment Facility, psychiatric hospital or in need of other specialized residential care as they transition home or back into the community.

Who is eligible?

RESPOND

Residential Enhancement Services, Planning Opportunities for New Directions (RESPOND) is a comprehensive mental health residential community based program that serves youth, between the ages of 4 and 20 years, who are dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic provides a mobile clinical team who are the lead agency in treatment interventions for the youth and family. Familylinks provides the residential setting and follows the mobile clinical team’s prescribed treatment interventions.

Journey to Independence Recovery Housing

The Journey to Independence Recovery House program is a short-term housing program to help adult women with a history of substance use to quickly regain housing stability. It is not a voucher program and the short-term housing is not to exceed 90 days. The Familylinks Journey to Independence Recovery House program will assist residents in connecting to long-term supports in the community, which they may access following the completion of Familylinks services to promote ongoing housing and recovery stability.

Who is eligible?

Transitional Living Program

If you’re between the ages of 16 and 21 and are facing homelessness, our Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a temporary (but longer-term) service to provide you with dormitory-style living, case management and life-skills training while you seek a permanent housing solution. Located adjacent to our Downtown Outreach Center and Shelter, our TLP facility involves more freedom and more responsibility than life at DOCS, and is a longer-term stay.

Street Outreach Program

Familylinks’ Street Outreach Program is a federally funded program devoted to making connections with runaway, homeless and street youth. Establishing trust with members of this vulnerable population can be tough; the idea behind Street Outreach is to begin the process of building positive, trusting relationships with young people who can use a hand, but are often reluctant to take one.

Who is eligible?

The Street Outreach Program seeks contact with teens and young adults who are experiencing homelessness.

Pathways to Independence

Clients are referred by Allegheny County Human Services Rapid Response Team; families cannot register a child for this service directly.

Pathways to Independence provides a safe and therapeutic environment for children and youth with mental-health issues or identified special needs to live and receive specialized care. Pathways is specially tailored to children and youth who simply can’t stay at home with family because of issues stemming from their mental health diagnosis, health issues or other similar challenges.

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