“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.
Transition Age Youth Services
Our Transition Age Youth program is designed to help youth between the ages of 16 and 22 who are struggling with significant emotional, behavioral, and substance use issues make a successful entry in the adult world through clinical assessment and treatment, employment supports, case management, and assistance in getting access to physical health care services.
This program includes our outpatient clinical program, our Youth in Transition Program (in Springfield only), and our JOBS program (available in Brattleboro and Springfield). These programs can help eligible youth prepare for the workplace and paid employment by assisting youth in preparing their resume, coaching them in how to prepare for and act in a job interview, and can teach core skills in how to succeed in a workplace environment. Case management services can also assist youth with education, housing, independent living skills, and connecting to other resources and supports in the community.