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SOLO With Supports (SWS)is a community-based program that assesses and teaches living skills and lifeskills to teens requiring extra supports as they move towards adulthood and supported independent living Often youth in this program will be transferring on to the adult support system(s) i.e. Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH, Disability Services (PDD)) and/or Adult Mental Health (AHS Programs and Services) and will receive informed supports to transition smoothly. SWS provides the resources and hands-on guidance to youth (and families) during this transition. Youth in SWS have two residential options; Mentor Support Home and Chimo 5 Transition Home (Link).

The youth lives in a Mentor Support Home and receives hands-on 24-hour supervision and support. Mentors are part of the treatment team, developing and strengthening the youth’s skills for independence. Youth are also assigned an SWS Coordinator who provides ongoing assistance to the youth and Mentor. Youth Workers are also assigned for those youth requiring hands on guidance while in the community.

The Mentor and Coordinator encourage the development of living skills, including:

  • Social Relationship Skills
  • Rebuilding ties with families using Support Circle Process
  • Self Development
  • Personal Wellness–Health
  • Nutrition
  • First Aid/Safety
  • Community Resources and Community Building (Supports upon entering adulthood)
  • Finances
  • Time Management
  • Employment

Youth are expected to attend a day-program throughout the year that is appropriate to their needs, such as school, work or an alternative option. They also must meet with their Coordinator for a minimum of 5 hours each week for task-oriented and goal-directed skill development.

SWS Program Age/Eligibility:
Children’s Services: Youth aged 16-24 years who have Children’s Services Status are referred by their Case Worker.
FSCD: FSCD families receiving supports for their children (12-17.5 years) to be Out of Home may also refer their children with the support of their FSCD Caseworker.

Contact:
Sahana Parameswara
780-408-4890 extension 2234

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