Standards for private organizations

2020 Edition

Wilderness and Adventure-Based Therapeutic Outdoor Services (WT) 16: Transition to Independent Living

Youth transitioning to independence are prepared with positive experiences and skills to move successfully to living and managing on their own.
NA The organization has a contract that does not include independent living services or the organization does not serve youth transitioning to independence.
2020 Edition

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Purpose

Youth who participate in Wilderness and Adventure-based Therapeutic Outdoor Services expand individual capabilities, develop self-confidence and insight, ameliorate symptoms, and improve interpersonal skills and relationships.
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Transition planning procedures
No On-Site Evidence
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Youth or families served
  • Review case records

WT 16.01

The organization prepares youth for a successful transition by providing:
  1. transfer or termination of custody information as applicable;
  2. information about rights and services to which the person may have access due to income level or a disability;
  3. information on availability of affordable community based healthcare and counseling;
  4. court and welfare systems information;
  5. child care services information; and
  6. support through community volunteers or individuals who have made a successful transition, as appropriate.

WT 16.02

During the transition process, and prior to case closing, the organization works with youth to:
  1. explore a range of housing options;
  2. evaluate risks and benefits of various options; and
  3. practice household management when possible.
Examples: Housing options may range from supported living to fully independent living environments.

WT 16.03

For every youth transitioning to independence, the organization ensures that basic resources are in place, including:
  1. a source of income;
  2. affordable health care;
  3. adequate living arrangements;
  4. access to at least one committed, caring adult; and
  5. access to positive peer support.

WT 16.04

The organization assists youth in obtaining or compiling documents necessary to function as an independent adult, including:
  1. an identification card;
  2. a social security or social insurance number;
  3. a resume, when work experience can be described;
  4. a driver’s license, when the ability to drive is a goal;
  5. medical records and documentation, including a Medicaid card or other health eligibility documentation;
  6. an original copy of the youth’s birth certificate;
  7. religious documents and information;
  8. documentation of immigration, citizenship, or naturalization, when applicable;
  9. death certificates when parents are deceased;
  10. a list of known relatives with relationships, addresses, telephone numbers, and permission for contacting involved parties;
  11. previous placement information; and
  12. educational records, such as a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, and a list of schools attended.