Extended Living Programs & Housing First

SUPPORTED LIVING SERVICES

Extended Living Program, Teams I, II, & III

The Extended Living Program (ELP) Teams I, II and III offer a variety of supports to assist individuals with severe mental illness in managing their symptoms more effectively and overcoming challenges resulting from their illness. Each care plan is individualized based on resident’s strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. ELP offers daily living skills development, social and recreational activities, transportation coordination, psychoeducational groups, crisis intervention, and access to community supports.
 
ELPs I and II are in shared apartment settings and residents of ELP III live in independent apartments. ELP III’s goal is to help individuals develop and maintain the necessary skills (problem solving and money management, for example) to sustain a more self-sufficient lifestyle and become productive members of society through managing mental health needs and substance abuse issues. 
 
Key Components:

  • Individual person-centered planning
  • 24-hour emergency on-call coverage
  • Group & individual programming
  • Case management & life skills services 
  • Treatment collaboration with area providers
  • 12-hour staffing, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., 7 days a week

Housing First

Housing First is a collaboration between the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) and Continuum of Care. The program serves adults in need of mental health or dual diagnosis treatment who are at risk of homelessness. Clinical services are provided by CMHC’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team or residential team. Individuals are placed into permanent and independent housing with intensive residential supports available through Continuum’s Support Specialists. Once people are housed, the program utilizes a harm reduction approach to address substance use and illness management without requiring participation in psychiatric treatment. 
 
Key Components:

  • Rental assistance certificates 
  • Representative payee services    
  • Group & individual programming
  • Permanent & independent housing
  • Individual person-centered planning
  • Treatment collaboration with area providers

 

 

Continuum of Care, Inc. provides comprehensive, community based housing and support services, crisis, case management, in-home healthcare, peer mentoring, and outpatient clinical care for adults with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities.The Agency touches the lives of more than 2,400 individuals annually throughout Connecticut.