Supportive Living is a voluntary program that supports people experiencing chronic mental illness to live independently in their homes. People receive support to gain or maintain daily living skills.

Services may be provided within the person’s home or in the community, depending on the person’s needs, including medication management, money management, organizational skills, home cleaning, socialization skills, nutrition and cooking skills, and personal hygiene. Because services are individualized, the amount of support each person receives may vary.

To receive services, individuals must be open with their county Base Service Unit (BSU). Each person’s BSU case manager completes the referral paperwork identifying the person’s needs. The referral is then reviewed by the program director and a support staff person is assigned.

The support staff schedules the initial meeting with the individual and the BSU case manager to discuss how the program will support the individual, develop an Individual Support Plan (ISP), and define the hours of service.

Although services are not time limited, they are authorized in three-month increments. Support staff provide weekly phone or email updates to the case manager about the person’s progress in the program. Interagency meetings any be coordinated if needed.

Before the end of each three-month period, the individual, support staff, and case manager will meet to determine if additional services are needed. Services end when the person has consistently achieved the objectives on their ISP.