JOURNEY Housing

JOURNEY to Successful Living – Housing Services & Supports 

Our JOURNEY Housing Program offers housing to Hamilton County Resident Youth ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a JOURNEY program and have potential to live independently (IE: JOURNEY TIP or ACT programs).  We have housing available in 4 local apartment complexes, 2 complexes for young men, and 2 complexes for young women.  Each unit comes fully furnished and move-in ready.  The length of stay will be determined by the individual’s treatment team, but is typically about 1.5 – 2 years.  Upon successful transition, youth can be connected with an Excelled housing voucher. Each youth will have access to a Housing Liaison, a housing resident assistant, assigned to help meet their housing goals

Ages 18-21

JOURNEY Housing serves youth ages 18-21

Both Male & Female 

Length of Stay

Length of stay averages from 1.5 – 2 years

To be determined by the individual’s treatment team.

Admission Criteria:

  • Youth must be enrolled in JOURNEY program and age 18 to 21 years of age
  • Youth is engaged in treatment and working the model
  • Youth demonstrates personal safety as well as safety for others for at least 90 days
  • Youth demonstrates behavior indicating motivation (i.e., past success) to learn to live independently
  • Youth must be engaged in meaningful activity* (i.e. working on GED, part-time job)
  • Youth is eligible for a housing certificate and/or the ability to pay based on a declining subsidy plan

Funding:

The funding source for the JOURNEY Housing Program is the Hamilton County Mental Health Board

To Be Considered:

To be considered for JOURNEY Housing, youth must first be involved in JOURNEY to Successful Living; a program designed to strengthen the system of care in Hamilton County for transition-age youth and young adults ages 14 to 21, with serious emotional challenges, and their families.  It is the purpose of JOURNEY to create a broad-based, sustainable systemic change, inclusive of policy reform and infrastructure development.

The Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board’s housing continuum includes capacity for an array of housing options in independent settings that support the level of need assessed for individual youth. The collaboration between our agency and JOURNEY strengthens this housing capacity both internally and externally to the mental health system, by partnering to assist transition-age youth and young adults in achieving self-sufficiency in their ability to live independently.  Housing services and supports are based in system of care principles and support the recovery and resiliency of enrolled youth.  Scope of services includes life skills assessment, training and on-going skills coaching; care coordination, housing assistance, preparation for transition to adult services; and provision of formal and informal supports to strengthen youth’s ability to manage their natural environment.

Transition-age youth and young adults receive on-going supports through broad-based coordination of treatment and support services. Treatment planning is strengths-based and futures-oriented with emphasis on achieving permanent housing and self-sufficiency goals.  Oversight of housing services occurs at the individual, program, and system levels.

JOURNEY to Successful Living Programs:

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT):This community-based, multidisciplinary approach provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to persons with severe and persistent mental illness.  In the ACT approach, clients are managed by a multi-disciplinary team, providing services directly to an individual that are tailored to meet his or her specific needs.  Team members collaborate to deliver integrated services to individuals in their “natural living” settings instead of hospitals and clinics.

Transition to Independence Process (TIP):The TIP approach is an evidence-based program model that stresses the importance of engaging young adults in their own futures-planning process, and utilizing services that focus on each individual’s strengths.  The TIP system operates through seven guidelines that provide a framework for the program and a community system that supports that framework.

Getting Started

Contact our Central Access Team to get started or make a referral for a youth to first get started in a our Outpatient Program to get involved in a JOURNEY to Successful Living Program to be considered for the JOURNEY Housing Program.

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