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Teen Transitional Living Program

California’s 1st Licensed Adolescent Extended Care Facility

Program Description

The structure at Visions Extended Care is a safe, supportive, next step daily living program filled with structured accountability that help the client support implementing learned skills and positive choices that will lead them to a healthy and productive lifestyle.

  • Gender specific homes
  • 15 to 18 years old
  • Involvement required from a family member or legal guardian
  • Minimum length of stay is 90 days
  • Santa Monica, California

Working in Conjunction with Local:

  • Education environments
  • Therapists & therapeutic services

The Extended Care program is housed in an environment that most easily conveys dignity and respect for the individual. This setting a home-like, family feeling that expresses a sense of warmth and security for the client.

  • Day staff supervisions & transportation provided
  • Awake night staff
  • Crisis intervention in available on a 24-hour basis

Program Objectives & Goals

Visions aims to teach every adolescent to seek out and actively become involved
in community-based resources including healthy peer groups.

Mental Health

  • Encourage and motivate the adolescent to achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Help the adolescent to implement effective problem-solving strategies.
  • Assist the adolescent with recognizing and acknowledging the existence of destructive behaviors and mental health issues in their lives, and the impact they have on their family, friends and future.
  • Help the adolescent recognize and change problematic attitudes and behaviors which stimulate relapse.
  • Involve family support and significant others in the rehab treatment process and reduce dysfunction within the family.
  • Support the psychological and psychiatric needs of the adolescent.
  • Support the medical needs of the client, by referral.
  • Establish a referral network system for services within the community.

Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

  • Encourage and motivate the adolescent to sustain abstinence.
  • Assist the adolescent in identifying situations where drugs and alcohol were used to cope with life’s problems and in understanding that using drugs and alcohol to cope with or solve problems does not work.
  • Help the adolescent to use new, more effective problem-solving strategies.
  • Support the 12-step philosophy and strongly encourage participation in Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and/or Cocaine Anonymous (CA).
  • Assist the adolescent with recognizing and acknowledging the existence of destructive behaviors and mental health issues in their lives, and the impact they have on their family, friends and future.
  • Help the adolescent recognize and change problematic attitudes and behaviors which stimulate a relapse.
  • Involve family and significant others in the rehabilitation process and reduce dysfunction within the family.
  • Support the psychological and psychiatric needs of the adolescent.
  • Support the medical needs of the client, by referral.
  • Establish a referral network system for services within the community.
  • Assist the adolescent to resolve any legal issues, which may involve criminal activity.

The adolescent clients themselves determine additional treatment goals. Examples of self-selected treatment goals include pursuing educational and vocational interests, examining psychological conflicts, and exploring new or previous recreational pursuits or interests.