Young Adult Services
The Young Adult Services (YAS) program serves young adults, ages 18 to 25, who live in the Willimantic and Storrs area and have a diagnosed mental illness.
YAS provides not only clinical treatment but also continuity of care with community-based support services including case management, vocational, educational and recreational rehabilitation, housing and psychiatric services. The underlying philosophy is to promote client recovery, independence and empowerment in a community setting.
Program Services & Goals
- Clinical diagnostic assessments
- Assistance in developing social system supports
- Fostering school success and vocational readiness
- Fostering independent living, pro-social behaviors and social skills
- Fostering relationships by using both traditional and non-traditional supports
- Emphasizing stabilization through supports rather than office-based therapy
- Reinforcing substance abuse prevention
- Using planned step-downs to less intensive levels of support
- An integral part of the program is supported housing, which includes one agency location with a respite bed, transitional housing and drop-in center for clients living in their own or their family’s home. The program also maintains scattered site apartments with client-held leases. Case managers also assist YAS clients with obtaining and maintaining their own housing.
Program Participation & Referrals
Participation in the YAS program is by referral only, and all referrals must be reviewed by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Clinical Director of Young Adult Services before placement. Generally, the program is open to young adults with both a diagnosed mental illness and a history of involvement with the Department of Children and Families. But clients may also be referred by family members, Local Mental Health Authorities, schools or other providers.
Program Contact Info
Funding for this program is provided in part by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).