Helping Young Adults with Severe Mental Illness Navigate the Community
New Alternatives helps young adults, ages 18 to 21, learn to manage their severe mental illness by providing housing, case management, counseling, nursing care and medication management. In a safe place to live with 24-hour staffing, clients are able to learn life skills to lead successful adult lives. Severe mental illness is a substantial organic or psychiatric disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation or memory which significantly impairs judgment, behavior or the ability to cope with basic demands of life. Intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, developmental disabilities, alcohol or substance abuse, brief periods of intoxication, or criminal behavior do not, alone, constitute serious mental illness.
People We Help
New Alternatives is designed for young adults that meet the following criteria:
- Living with severe mental illness issues
- Have resided in out-of-home placements through hospitalization, foster care placement, psychiatric residential treatment facilities or chemical dependency treatment
- Transitioning into adulthood with limited support systems