Alternative Living Solutions



The program objectives, activities and associated outcomes for ALS clients are in large part tailored by the uniqueness of our clients.  ALS serves an older population, ages 16 to 20 that have been adjudicated delinquent or dependent, many of whom are unable to return to their homes; therefore ALS clients are required to obtain the skills necessary to become independent by the time the Court’s jurisdiction concludes.

The primary objective of ALS is to develop a positive community culture for each of its facilities.  In doing so, ALS clients are required to advance their competencies in the areas of pro-social skills and emotional and behavioral stability in an ongoing effort to become productive members of society.  ALS is committed to aiding their clients in advancing their skills and competencies in the five principal domains of pro-social skills, moral reasoning, academic or vocational prophecies, workforce development and independent living skills.

The anticipated outcome for ALS clients is to achieve the skills necessary to become an independent and productive member of society.  



ALS believes that a client’s family is an important part of their development into adulthood.  Upon admissions, families are encouraged to participate in the development of the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Depending on a client’s progress and track, the client’s family may be called upon for providing home visits for the client and as a resource upon release.  Family units who seek support in the reunification process will be assisted by the clinical director.

ALS utilizes a daily point system whereas clients are evaluated on twenty-one (21) separate behavioral areas on a daily basis.  Clients are required to  accumulate a minimum of sixteen (16) points in order to earn privileges such as community time, social outings, use of cell phone, house phone, and use of computer (other than for homework).  Clients who fail to earn the minimum number of points are subject to consequences agreed to in advance by each youth.   In addition to the point system, ALS utilizes a Sand Dollar economy.  Sand Dollars are awarded to reinforce positive behaviors and help motivate clients.  Some examples of how clients may earn Sand Dollars include:  assisting in a tour of the facility when there are county visitors, performing extra chores, displaying positive behaviors and being helpful.  As clients earn Sand Dollars they may spend them in the Sand Dollar Shop on snacks, electronics, gift cards, personal care items, clothing and home décor.

Because of the independent nature of the ALS program, it is extremely important that the youth placed in the program adhere to all program rules as well as all local and State laws.  For everyone’s safety, ALS has developed the following list of non-negotiable rules:

  • Safety:  All youth have keys to their own apartments and they are NOT permitted to copy these keys or give them to others
  • Smoking:  Smoking is not permitted in the apartment at any time
  • Drugs:  No non-prescription drugs are permitted.  All prescription drug and over-the-counter medications are monitored by ALS staff and ALS staff may randomly drug test a youth at any time
  • Alcohol:  Possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted
  • Visitors:  No unauthorized visitors are permitted
  • Sexual relations:  Sexual relations of any kind are prohibited in the apartments.

At the time of admission, ALS clients are asked which if any religious affiliation they identify with.  If at any time during their time with ALS a client expresses an interest in attending a religious program the staff at ALS will make arrangements for their clients to attend the service or function.



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