Young Adult Services

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery initiated services for young adults in 1996 after discovering limited behavioral health options for men and women aged 18 to 25. New Vitae’s Young Adult Services uses a strengths-based approach in order to promote personal growth and achieve success through specialized mental health treatment supports. Management of behavioral health symptoms is emphasized while young adults explore educational, vocational, and independent living skill-building goals. Young Adults are encouraged to build peer relationships and connect with the local community to further develop their socialization skills.  
 
Young Adults can attend the New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center for their recovery services.  Meetings with a psychiatrist, individual and group therapies, certified peer specialist services, case management, mentoring, and other individualized supports are available, including an age-based group for recovery from substance use. New Vitae’s Young Adult options also include:

Residential Choices
Mental health residential treatment is available for young adults and families seeking specialized living supports.  Young adults and their families seeking the structure and services associated with our Personal Care Homes can elect to live with other young adults at New Vitae Mount Trexler Manor. As residents gradually develop their confidence when completing independent living skills, a progressive housing continuum is available that permits residents to progress to living in 24/7 supervised shared homes and independent apartments identified specifically for residents who are young adults. As needs change, New Vitae provides the opportunity to move fluidly through these settings to respond to changes and ensure personal safety.

Holistic Care
Staff members assist young adults to gradually develop medication administration skills, schedule and keep medical appointments, and maintain good physical health. Staff members attend community medical appointments with young adult residents to provide support and education. All young adults receive complimentary YMCA memberships in order to maintain or improve their physical health, and nutritional counseling via a registered dietician is available weekly. Staff support is also provided for establishing or reestablishing spiritual beliefs and practices.

Supports for Life Skills Development
Experiencing behavioral health symptoms can be a hurdle to transitioning to independent living. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery utilizes independent living assessment tools to determine areas of need and focuses supports for those areas.  Managing a household, meal planning and preparation, navigating public transportation, clothing care, reading and interpreting bills, and other personal living skills are developed through modeling, practice, and positive reinforcement.

Employment Assistance
Young adults are encouraged to explore work options through supported and competitive employment choices.  Prevocational work options are available through the New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center and residential sites, with psycho-educational group work to support the process of developing vocational skills. Local community employment is also available. Additionally, young adults may utilize the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) for job coaching and support.

Educational Opportunities
Individual and small group instruction, testing, career exploration, educational case management and support for community post-secondary education assist individuals to achieve their personal goals. Home schooling, virtual learning, and traditional school options are available. Certified teaching staff assist with Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s) as needed and provide routine tutoring and supports for goals related to earning a driver’s license, applying for college, and completing financial aid applications. Young adults are able to obtain their GED or High School diplomas or pursue college degrees utilizing these educational supports. Click here to download our brochure on educational services.

Additional information regarding our young adult services is available through our admissions department. Tours are readily arranged with your schedule in mind. Please call for more information!

"New Vitae Young Adult Services has helped me so much. The mentor staff is great. They are reliable, and always willing to teach me how to do things, rather than just doing them for me. Since coming to the program, I've grown into a better person."

- Tess C. (former resident)