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Monarch helps people supported to gain independence through new service

Tenancy SupportMonarch’s new Tenancy Support Team program, implemented in January 2016, provides services to individuals participating in the Transition to Community Living Initiative (TCLI), helping them live as independently as possible.

The Tenancy Support Team is a rehabilitation effort to increase and restore an individual’s ability to live successfully in the community by helping manage their illness and reestablish community roles. Monarch currently offers Tenancy Support in 10 counties in the Cardinal Innovations and CenterPoint catchment areas.

“This service provides an individualized amount of support needed to help someone live independently,” explained Vice President of Operations- Residential, Employment and Community Christy Shaver.

“Many of the individuals receiving this service have lived in adult care homes and in assisted living facilities for a large part of their lives.

That lifestyle decreases opportunities to gain and keep the skills necessary to live independently, and with this service we are able to break down these barriers and help people find their abilities and, most importantly, their independence,” Shaver said.

Three Monarch teams, with four members each, work to assist individuals with such tasks as obtaining additional funding sources for certain needs, budgeting, or identifying transportation options within the community. Each team can serve up to 48 individuals.

“In the short time Tenancy Support has been running, we have seen a lot of growth with the individuals our teams are supporting,” said Team Leader Alyssa Soderlund.

”People we support are excited to be in their own homes and feel empowered to live the life they want, and the Tenancy Support Team is invigorated to work alongside the people we support and find teachable moments to help them achieve their dreams.”

For example, when a team member learned that an individual supported wanted to develop her cooking skills and make a cookbook of her favorite meals, Monarch helped out. With the Tenancy Support Team’s assistance, she started with an omelet and continued with other personal favorites, taking photos as she cooked.

In another case, a person supported needed some maintenance help at her apartment but wasn’t sure what to do. Monarch staff connected with the landlord to take care of the maintenance needs and helped her learn how to report any future issues.

"This is going to be a huge asset for the people we support who have not had the opportunity to showcase their capabilities," said Joey McKinney Jr., program director. “It is exciting to see what people are capable of when given a chance, and when they have supports in place. This is going to give people a much-improved sense of worth and confidence in their lives.”

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