SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT LIVING (SIL) PROGRAM
Participants are discharged from Supervised Independent Living after a successful program. Participants have an established residence including paid first and last month’s rent, security deposit, and furnishings appropriate to their needs. Each will be expected to have completed or be approaching completion of an educational program of their choice as well as have full or part-time employment. They will have experience maintaining an apartment, accessing community resources, negotiating utilities, budgeting, nutritious food preparation, and positive interpersonal relationships.
I. Population Served:
Youth who are adjudicated dependent or delinquent to the county and meet the eligibility requirements for independent living services. Youth must be approaching 18 years of age, participate in life skills training, and be committed to obtaining further education with the intent to become self-sufficient.
II. Length of Program:
Length of service in the supervised independent living (SIL) program is dependent upon the following factors:
(1) the participant’s compliance with referring agency program requirements;
(2) the purchasing agency’s willingness to continue to provide support to the participant; and
(3) the participant’s desire to remain in the program.
III. Criteria for Participation:
A. Applicants must be adjudicated dependent or delinquent by the county and referred by the purchasing agency to be considered for admission.
B. Applicants may be referred prior to their 18th birthday, but will not be admitted to the program until they have reached the age of 17 1/2 years old.
C. Applicants must be enrolled and participating in an approved educational program with a demonstrated record of attendance and success, or be enrolled in an educational program beginning within three (3) months of program acceptance.
D. Our SIL program is structured so that all young people should be provided with the opportunity and support to be independent. We understand that young at times do not make the best choices, and have adverse childhood experiences. Therefore, history is not a disqualifier, if a young person is committed to their growth and independence we are willing to accept.