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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.


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.