Transition Age Youth Program
The Transition Age Youth (TAY) program was originally designed to be a diversion program for long-term dependence of services. It has been just over eight years since we began serving our first TAY member.
TAY provides goal-oriented, individualized support to young adults aged 18 to 25. TAY is structured to provide quality learning and skill building experiences in a transitional living environment that facilitates individual growth and self-sufficiency. Several locations are operated in the Des Moines area, providing staff supervision up to 24 hours per day.
Areas of skill building can include:
- Education and employment
- Mental health management and recovery
- Social skills
- Health and wellness, including medication management
- Home and life management
- Financial literacy
- Next Wise Choice (NWC) - NWC is a treatment approach that includes individual member assessments to determine current status and a six month interval progress review. Based on assessment need, individual goals are established in the member’s Individualized Personal Plan (IPP). The program is broken into three components: PATTERNS, principles and life skills. Monday - Friday members have the opportunity to learn in both a class setting as well in the community.