Transitioning / Youth Services

Transitioning helps educate Consumers about the independent living options and assists nursing home residents who wish to transition to their own homes in the community. Youth Services ensures a successful transition of youth with disabilities into the workplace and adulthood.

Nursing Home Transition and the Transition to Freedom Fund

The Nursing Home Transition Program provides assistance to people with disabilities who wish to transition out of costly and isolating nursing homes to they may live full, independent lives in their own homes in the communities they choose.

The move from a nursing home to a residence in the community is much more than a physical change. It includes an increasing sense of self-direction and decision-making on the part of the individual who is transitioning. It often means not only living where one chooses, but also becoming a full participant in community activities. Living in the community also means developing and using informal supports as well as the more formal supports and services. As a person who wants to transition, success is dependent on you and your willingness to take a proactive role in the process and commitment to change.

LRI is currently providing NHT Services for Consumers under and over 60 in Philadelphia County. The NHT program assists Consumers with obtaining housing, funding for security deposit, furniture, moving expense, etc. LRI coordinates Consumer’s Waiver Services with Consumer, Family Members, Maximus, OLTL, Support Coordination Agency, and Nursing Home staff.

NHT Referrals can be faxed to 215-701-4978 or contact Lisa Jackson at ext 252. Any questions relating to NHT Services please call Norma Robertson-Dabrowski at ext 265.

LRI hires Community Advocates, person with disabilities/former nursing residents to assist Consumers with transitioning process. Community Advocates assist nursing home Consumers with obtaining their IDs to obtain housing. Community Advocates continue to provide peer support to consumers in the community if needed.

The average costs not covered by state or federal funding for a Consumer to transition into the community is $6,500. Many who wish to move out of nursing homes into their own homes lack the resources to cover these expenses. The Transition to Freedom Fund helps to cover the out-of-pocket expenses. To help support the journey home for people with disabilities, please make a donation to the Transition to Freedom Fund.

Each year, Liberty Resources, Inc. helps nearly fifty Consumers regain the independence and dignity they deserve. To see some of the success stories and learn about the Transition to Freedom Fund, click here.

The Transitional Resource Guide offers resources and information about how to transition into the community from a nursing home: Transitional Resource Guide

Youth Services: Mentoring Transitioning Voices 
Youth Services ensures a successful transition of youth with disabilities into the workplace and adulthood. Through mentorship and employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth and young adults in the Philadelphia region.

Mentoring Transitioning Voices (MTV) is Liberty Resources’ youth transition program. Mary Beth Morgan, MTV’s Coordinator, visits various high schools in Philadelphia every week and teaches transition classes and advocacy skills to youth who have disabilities. Contact Mary Beth for more information.