DMHAS Young Adult Services

Marrakech provides residential services to young adults with behavioral health service needs at two congregate sites located in New Haven as well as to young adults living on their own in the community. While the two congregate sites fulfill slightly different service needs, they are similar in that they are apartment-style homes with 24/7 staff onsite and provide support and instruction aimed at increasing the residents' abilities to manage symptoms and live more independently in the community.  Residents of all locations are provided with clinical services through the West Haven Connecticut Mental Health Center's (CMHC) Young Adult Services team. CMHC also has vocational counselors on staff who provide employment supports to the young adults.


Gilbert Street provides transitional living services in four apartments to young adults for up to a maximum duration of 24 months with the intention to assist residents in building independent living skills that will enable them to move to increased independence. While there is 24/7 onsite staff, the staffing pattern is built upon the premise that the residents can be alone in the apartments, can perform basic activities of daily living independently, may access the community without supervision, and have the ability to administer their medications independently (after instruction, if necessary).

The program is multi-faceted with a focus on building life skills through direct experiences, groups, individual programming, and nurturing support from staff. A recovery plan is developed by a "Dream Team", made up of the CMHC clinicians, vocational staff, and the Marrakech team. The plans include goals that are focused on helping each person establish themselves in their own apartment, complete education and training that will help them achieve careers and learn to navigate community life independently. The mastery of these goals is the plan for successful graduation from the program.


The Sherman Avenue supported apartment program is designed for Individuals with more intense support and supervision needs. This is a three-story house with five bedrooms. Like Gilbert Street, the home has 24/7 staff available, and the residents have plans that focus on achieving increased independence, symptom management, employment and education, and integrated community life. While the program is transitional as well, the duration of stay for residents here may extend beyond two years. Furthermore, the Sherman Avenue site has the capacity to provide respite services to one person at a time. Access to the respite bed is determined through a collaborative team process with the CMHC YAS Clinic, DMHAS, and Marrakech.

Eligibility: Admission to the program is a team process. Individuals are referred by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Young Adult Services Unit to the Catchment Area. Jointly, Marrakech and CMHC/YAS review referrals, make preliminary assessments of each individual's needs and determine an admissions decision. No individual is admitted for residential services unilaterally as individuals must have a clinical service plan, vocational or educational services, and a long-term vision for their residential goal.

Related Websites:

DMHAS Young Adult Services
CT Mental Health Center, West Haven

DMHAS Young Adult Services Contact Information:

Jared Arter, LMSW
Vice President of DMHAS Funded Residential Services
Phone: (203) 887-2411

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