Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is a huge network with locations and services across the country. Devereux Georgia’s transitional living program, known as Positive Living Using Support (PLUS), is a 12 to 18 month long program designed specifically for young men. PLUS provides extensive life skills training and educational services, like money management, vocational training and problem solving, and offers an opportunity to complete a high school education or acquire a GED. The ultimate goal of PLUS is for clients to step down in treatment and live independently within the community.
Accommodations and Food
The residential facility consists of an eight-bed cottage in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The home is fully furnished and equipped with all the necessary day to day life amenities. There are full kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms with TVs. There is also a washer and dryer on-site.
The program includes food, meal planning and cooking classes. Clients go on supervised shopping trips and learn how to prepare their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
The programming through PLUS offers treatment for a variety of mental health disorders. The typical client is recently discharged from a more intensive residential program and doesn’t have a place to live and is at risk for homelessness, but does has the capability of living on their own. A major element is teaching life skills in conjunction with continued therapy. The average length of stay is around one year, and during this time the young men regularly attend group and individual therapy along with educational lectures and school.
There is a mentoring program called Opportunity Knocks, which teaches basic living skills, like how to do laundry and maintain a home, get their driver’s license and receive some vocational training. This includes resume building and interview skills. They are also connected to community resources, like local food pantries, and are given access to Medicaid.
There are psychoeducational classes clients attend along with regular psychiatric assessment and medication management if needed. They work on conflict resolution and anger management and address common issues like setting appropriate boundaries and knowing what their triggers may be. Treatment approaches are based on CBT and DBT, and staff also connect clients to an additional support community like AA or NA if it seems like a good fit.
The transitional living program’s staff are available 24 hours a day to provide a safe environment. Otherwise, Devereux employs LCSWs, psychologists and psychiatrists.
Some additional options during the program include assisting clients in attending a local college, or culinary school, and in some cases they opt to join the military. The PLUS Program also works with their clients to reunite with their families.
The clients of Devereux’s PLUS Program are often at a crossroads in their lives because of their age, and can be left without many options if it weren’t for resources like this. The wraparound services open up many different roads that perhaps they wouldn’t have known about had it not been for Devereux and PLUS.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Georgia
1291 Stanley Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Devereux Georgia Transitional Living Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Devereux Georgia by phone at (770) 427-0147. Find Devereux Georgia on Facebook
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