The Hills transitional services program prepares youth to be successful when returning to their communities by creating a transition plan that addresses education, employment, transportation, financial planning, support and sobriety needs, housing, leisure and recreational activities.
Each plan is unique to the individual youth’s need with input from the client, family, referring agent, case manager, and therapist.
A major goal of our program is connect clients to reliable resources in their community that they can seek out to help them continue to be successful.
- Work to determine where the student will be returning to school. The transition coordinator, along with the family and probation officer, work with the local school district to determine where the youth will be attending, what credits are still needed for graduation and what classes the youth will have upon return
- Identify post-secondary options that fit the needs of the youth
- Assist in application process
- Assist with the Financial Aid Process
- Help schedule campus tours and connect with appropriate departments on campus
- Provide information on The Hills Endowment Scholarship opportunities.
- Work with youth to identify possible places of employment in their community
- Assist with applications
- Help secure vital documents such as birth certificate, social security card, and state ID
- Assist youth in identifying possible transportation concerns
- Provide information on how to use public transportation and bus passes
Support and Sobriety Needs
- Identify resources available for youth in the community that could include therapists, sobriety meetings, community support groups, churches, YMCA and/or community coaches
- Identify health care and mental health needs – examples include sports physical if client has interest in playing a high school sport, making sure they have health insurance, ensure that medications are filled prior to discharge and identified where the client can go to continue med management.
- Determine housing options with the youth
- If youth is not able to return home, help identify appropriate placement and coordinate placement process
- Options may include Transitional Housing, Foster Care, and/or Group Homes
Leisure and Recreational Activities
- Research activities available for the youth around their interests
- Assist with identifying needs – I.E. Gym membership fees, equipment needed, etc.
“This prepared me for things that I will run into in life. It helped me learn how to manage a checking account, pay my bills, prepare for college, and how to take out loans. It helped me instead of having life smack you in the face,” said one of the male residents.