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“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.


Residential AlternativesAlternatives is a six-bed, sub-acute, Level III, crisis stabilization facility designed to assist individuals in need of a safe, therapeutic environment to resolve sub-acute psychiatric crisis. Alternatives accepts referrals 24 hours a day, from a variety of referral sources, to include emergency rooms, crisis teams, and outpatient services providers. Alternatives has the capacity to provide intensive staff support and nursing oversight to ensure that individuals who are determined to need intensive crisis stabilization receive comprehensive residential, community-based supports. Alternatives works very closely within the HCRS and statewide continuum of care to assist individuals in their access to a home-like, short term recovery environment as a measure of hospital diversion or step down.

For more information, please contact the Alternatives Program Coordinator at 802-885-7280.