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Transitional Living Program (Co-ed 18-22)

The Transitional Living Program’s goal is to help youth become adults who can function independently and harness the strength, resiliency, intelligence and resources needed to be successful community members. 


TLP serves youth ages 18 to 21. Services include housing and independent life-skills development. The typical TLP population includes youth experiencing an emotional disorder requiring treatment and who have the commitment and ability to achieve independent living within 6 to 18 months. 


Anyone can make a referral to the Transitional Living Program. If you are, or know of a youth who could benefit from our services, please contact at The Link (907) 789-7610, or by fax, (907) 789-8443


Independent Living

TLP provides apartments on the JYS campus for up to 21 months for young people ages 18 to 21. TLP provides case management support to assist youth in developing independent living skills, obtaining employment and accessing community resources. The young person’s rent for the apartment is based on income. Their rent is saved for the youth and returned when the youth discharges so they can have a security deposit ready for their next apartment/living situation. Alternatives are available for youth who do not have an income. Youth also participate in house meetings, case management and therapy, as needed. 

Admission Criteria

TLP services are designed for young people between the ages of 18 to 21 with a mental health diagnosis. The program is 100% voluntary. Unlike our residential programming, TLP does not have scheduled days with specific programming. Young people participating in TLP should be able to independently manage their day–to–day lives safely with minimum intervention and demonstrates the capacity and interest to be independent within 18 months of starting TLP. 


Young people requiring close monitoring of medical, mental health or substance abuse issues are not yet appropriate for TLP. Young people presenting significant unresolved issues with firesetting, sex offenses, violence to self and others, and substance misuse, are not considered ready for the program. JYS can provide services to assist a young person in getting ready for the TLP program.

Service Philosophy

TLP uses the Teaching Family Model to assist youth in developing the complex skills required to live independently. Young people are encouraged to be active members of their community and to participate in developing program rules and expectations that improve safety and program outcomes. 


The community-based manager oversees case management and skill development services provided to the youth living in independent apartments, as well as coordinating with the facilities department to ensure proper codes are adhered to in all TLP residences. 


TLP Independent Living services are paid for by Medicaid and a generous grant from the Juneau Community Foundation. Treatment services (case management, skills development and therapy) are paid for through Medicaid, private insurance or cash using a sliding fee scale. TLP group living is paid for through Medicaid. 

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