Mental Health Programs
Independent Living Program FAQ
Who is eligible for services?
Persons who are eligible for Independent Living Program services meet the DSM IV TR Psychiatric Diagnosis or have a co-occurring diagnosis of mental health and alcohol or drug dependence. These persons receive services from the mental health system and have chosen to comply with the program expectations.
How does someone get referred?
ILP residents are admitted after going through Monroe County’s Single Point of Access and upon completing an evaluation by East House’s Admissions Coordinator. For more information, click here.
What services are offered?
Client services include finding and maintaining safe, affordable housing; symptom management; service coordination including linking to medical, educational, and vocational services; advocacy for clients who are parents of minor children; education and training in independent living skills; money management skills; activities to promote social and recreational skill development and advocacy with other service providers.
How often are services provided?
Services are based on individual needs. Average contact is two times per month and can either be in the client apartment or the community.
How long can a person be in the program?
Individuals work toward community networks, gainful employment and/or other rental subsidies, and autonomy. There is no time limit on services; it is based on individual need. Individuals must continue to meet the admission criteria, follow through with individualized treatment plans developed with mental health service provider, and abide by the Case Management agreement.
How do I get assistance with rent or other financial services?
Financial assistance is determined with input from you and your service coordinator upon admission to the program. Assistance is based upon personal resources, including all monthly household income. Assistance is not guaranteed.
Who may live in a client apartment?
Clients with persistent mental illness are the primary focus of the service coordinator. Dependent children or spouses may also live in the household. Decisions regarding roommates are made on an individual basis. East House must approve of the living circumstances for any rental assistance to be provided.
Who holds the lease?
The individual enrolled in the program holds the lease and is directly responsible to the landlord for meeting that obligation.
Do I pay a fee for the Independent Living Program?
No. All fees for ILP services are paid for through the Office of Mental Health.
If I am in ILP, may I also use East House Connections Recovery Center or Career Services Program?
Yes. ILP clients are eligible for services offered to East House clients.