DMHAS Young Adult ServicesMarrakech provides residential services to young adults with behavioral health service needs at two congregate sites located in New Haven as well as some 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, have 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 Young Adult Services team. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services also contracts with WAGE to provide employment services to the young adults.
Gilbert Street provides transitional living services to ten young adults up to a maximum duration of 24 months. It is intended to assist residents in building independent living skills that will enable them to move to increased independence within 12 to 18 months. There are four apartments and residents are assigned to gender specific units. 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/YAS staff, Vocational staff, and the Marrakech team. The plans include goals that are focused on helping each person establish him/herself in his/her own apartment, complete education and training that will help him/her achieve careers and learning 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. There is 24/7 staff at all times in this house. While the program is transitional as well, the transitional period may be more extended 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 through the CMHC YAS clinic/Marrakech/DMHAS collaborative team.
Like Gilbert Street, the residents have plans that focus on achieving increased independence, symptom management, employment and education, and integrated community life.
Residential Case Managers have their Bachelor's Degrees and/or several years of related experience. They are required to complete all of Marrakech's core in-service training, which includes CPR, First Aid, and Abuse and Neglect and specialized inservices addressing trauma informed and gender specific care. In addition, staff is required to complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training as well as other specialized training on specific mental health diagnoses conducted by the clinical team that works with the Young Adults in the residences. The Program Directors and Vice President hold Master's Degrees in related areas.
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 his/her residential goal.
Lori Angeloff, M.S., LADC
Vice President of Young Adult Services
Phone: (203) 389-2970, Ext. 1302
Fax: (203) 389-3927
Six Lunar Drive
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Main Phone: (203) 389-2970
Main Fax: (203) 397-0658