The Transitional Living Program at ECH offers young adults an introduction to the independent living skills needed to become successful members of the community. With two houses, Warson for boys and Midland for girls, these youth are preparing for the next step in their treatment, independence.
Young adults, 16 to 18 years old, move from the traditional residential style housing into group home living environments. The group homes are designed to give the young adults a sense of normalcy and a home-like environment. No more than six young adults live in each house, with one staff member who works a seven-day week.
While being a part of the Transitional Living Program, the youth focus on their education and obtaining the life skills they will need in the future. The young adults are taught to manage their money, find a job if possible and work on their school work. They are expected to do chores around the house.
The natural progression from the Transitional Living Program is into Steppingstone. Steppingstone is for young adults, ages 18 to 21, who are ready to function without a lot of structure. They are first moved into campus apartments where staff members offer more supervision and focus on the basic life skills they learned with in the Transitional Living Program.