Housing Support & Residential Services

CareLink offers housing support and a variety of residential programs to fit the needs of each individual. Our Full Care Residences, Personal Care Home, and Supported Living programs serve adults living with:

  • Mental illness
  • Dual mental health and intellectual disability needs

Because we understand that an individual’s needs may change over time, CareLink offers a range of residential services that are equipped to follow individuals through their transitions and provide them with:

  • Caring home environments in local neighborhoods
  • Varied levels of supervision based on need
  • Life skills training and support for community living
 

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Full Care Community Residential Services

Full Care Residences help adults with mental illness learn the skills they need to live independently and become fully integrated into the community.

Individuals work with a primary counselor to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan that identifies the unique interests, needs, and goals of each resident, and then maps out specific interventions and strategies. Family members play an important role in an individual’s care and are invited to resident treatment meetings, program parties, and open house events. Regular contact with residents’ support networks is strongly encouraged.

Services Include:

  • 24-hour staff support and supervision
  • Assistance with medication
  • Help with meal prep, self-care, and health care coordination
  • Social and community activities
  • Coaching in constructive leisure time and using public transportation
  • Strategies for obtaining educational and vocational opportunities

Personal Care Home

CareLink’s Torrey House Personal Care Home provides supervision and assistance with personal care for adults with mental illness. Torrey House specializes in supporting adults with schizophrenia and similar serious mental illnesses.

While each resident of Torrey House receives individualized care, Torrey House also promotes social activities and group therapies. Residents attend group sessions focused on psycho-education, health and nutrition, interpersonal relationship building, and arts and crafts. Residents participate in community events to promote socialization and integration with their local community.

Services Include:

  • 24-hour staff support and supervision
  • Assistance with medication
  • Three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week
  • Assistance with personal fund management
  • Support in daily living activities such as hygiene, managing appointments, transportation, laundry, and personal shopping

Supported Living

CareLink’s Supported Living Services (SLS), provided in scattered site apartments, were developed as an alternative option for group home living, and participants receive less support than individuals living in our Full Care Residences or Personal Care Home.

SLS is designed to expand and improve the housing options and supports offered to adults in recovery from mental illness. Services include general housing assistance, rehabilitation services as established in an individual’s comprehensive system of treatment, and community support. Among the areas that may be addressed are:

  • Managing symptoms and medication
  • Personal care/health care
  • Housekeeping, nutrition, and consumer skills
  • Time management
  • Relationship skills and self-advocacy

Eligibility & Service Area

CareLink currently provides services to residents of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania, and Camden County, New Jersey, who come from a variety of admission settings, including independent living environments, homes with family, supported housing, other community service providers, state hospitals, correctional facilities, or homeless shelters. Available services vary by county and individual CareLink site.

Program participants are typically referred to our agency by county government agencies, social service providers, and health care providers. While our services are primarily funded through the offices of behavior health in the counties we serve, our Mobile Psychiatric services, Supported Living services, and Education & Employment support services are available with a private pay option to those living outside those counties.

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