Independent Living

The Independent Living Program serves males and females, ages 17-21, who reside with a roommate in apartments located in St. Mary's County, Maryland.  Program staff provide on-site, round-the-clock support with independent living skills training, individual therapy and psychiatric care. The youth are required to pursue educational goals, maintain employment and participate in independent living skills groups.

The following are examples of the services and resources provided to program participants:

·      A licensed social worker and a case manager provide case management and psychosocial education.

·      Psychiatric evaluation and medication management.

·      On-site independent living skills classes.

·      Monthly bus passes, monthly stipends for food costs, and fully furnished apartments with basic utilities (electric, water, home phone).

 To be eligible for the program, youth must have the following:

·      Near completion of high school education (12th grade), or pursuing their GED or college education.

·      Some measure of success in other placements, interest and motivation to pursue future goals and the ability to function in a community setting.

·      Commitment to learning to live successfully on their own and a desire to develop a positive adult identity.

·      Psychiatric and medical stability and free of substance abuse or a willingness to enroll and participate in a substance abuse treatment program.

The Independent Living Program is a part of Alternatives for Youth and Families, a St. Mary’s-based program acquired by the Board of Child Care in August 2010. Under the Board of Child Care, Alternatives offers a continuum of services that include the Independent Living Program, Therapeutic Group Homes and Treatment Foster Care.

The programs are licensed under the Maryland Department of Human Resources and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The program also has contracts with the Maryland Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

The programs primarily serve children in St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties, but referrals are taken from throughout Maryland.

Alternatives for Youth and Families Program Brochure

Contact BCC’s Alternatives for Youth and Families Program

Phone: 301-884-0312
Fax: 301-274-4039

PO Box 659
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

Directions to the AFYF Program Office

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