Independent Living

independentlivingJefferson County Children and Youth Services works with Pentz Run Youth Services, located in DuBois in Clearfield County, and is committed to providing a safe, secure, nurturing environment for male and female youth that require short or long-term alternatives to family living. The group home and shelter have been thriving for several years serving youth ages 10-18. The Transitional Living program will allow youth who are aging out of the system the choice to remain in the care of Children and Youth or Juvenile Probation agencies while gaining the independence they desire. This program is also designed to allow college bound youth to live on their own while still relying on the support of their placing agency.

Program Description
Many youth who have been in foster care or other out of home placements have not had the support systems necessary to learn skills needed to live on their own. Often, these youth who have been protected by agencies for years, suddenly find themselves on their own with no support. The goal of the Transitional Living program is to assist these youth in learning the necessary skills to live on their own while still providing them with supervision, guidance and structure. Youth will have the opportunity to “learn while doing” as they begin practicing independent living skills.

The Transitional Living program is designed specifically for youth who are under the age of 21 and who are in need of intensive support services in order to gain independence. The semi-supervised transitional living setting provides youth room and board while they are working to reach their goals. Support staff are available to the youth 24 hours a day to assist them with daily needs, transportation to and from appointments, school and/or work and learning to manage an apartment on their own. The Youth live on their own or with a roommate in the apartment, this program is not recommended for youth who are unable to be left alone.

We continue to follow 3800 PA Department of Public Welfare regulations in order to maintain a quality, consistent and licensed program. The youth will receive all necessary medical, dental, vision and mental health services and will have a treatment plan to follow. The program is designed for long-term care allowing the youth to develop all the skills necessary to avoid homelessness in the future as well as completion of continuing education or job training.

The program will be open to youth transitioning from Pentz Run’s group home as well as other youth who may be referred and meet the eligibility requirements.