Safe, stable housing promotes long-term recovery. In western North Carolina, Vaya Health operates the state’s Transitions to Community Living (TCLI) program, which gives people with serious mental illness who are living in an institution or at risk of institutional placement the opportunity to live in the home and community of their choice.
TCLI allows eligible individuals to rent housing, learn everyday skills, take part in community activities and develop lasting relationships. Participants receive behavioral health services, employment assistance and help becoming part of the community. Through job skills and employment programs, people identify their interests and prepare to find a job in a competitive workplace.
TCLI stems from a 2012 settlement agreement between the state of North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice. The initiative focuses on six areas:
- In-reach and transition: Education and discharge planning for people living in adult care homes and state
- Diversion: Information on housing options for people with serious mental illness at risk of admission to an
adult care home
- Housing: Community-based, supportive housing with assistance for tenants
- Supported Employment: Assistance in preparing for, identifying and maintaining paid, competitive employment alongside people without disabilities
- Assertive Community Treatment: Intensive, community-based behavioral health treatment
- Quality management: Use of data to measure progress and results