Supervised Independent Living Program (SIL)

Guiding Harbor’s Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program is designed to assist young adults in developing independent living skills, enhancing educational / vocational and career choices while offering employment opportunities. The Supervised Independent Living Program offers services to youth age 16 and older, who are physically and emotionally able to master the skills and experiences offered. The clients referred to this program must have a demonstrated history of functioning at a level appropriate for community based living.

Youth are placed in homes with home providers or in independent housing. Youth are expected to be self-motivated and responsible for their life choices. An SIL provider is expected to support and encourage the youth in meeting all goals set by the case management plan. There is no training required for this program. Support to the SIL family is provided by a case manager who will also work directly with the youth.

Youth Served

  • Youth served are ages 16 and older
  • Must be enrolled in school, vocational or academic program
  • Must be job ready or currently employed
  • All youth in independent living must be either employed full-time, actively involved in job training or continuing education, or a combination of employment and education and provide documentation of such
  • Youth must be in compliance with mental health services and/or all medication as prescribed.
  • Must be a Court Ward assigned through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS

Youth who are not be appropriate for this program are individuals that have academic issues, behavioral issues and a criminal history. Guiding Harbor will assess the youth prior to placement to evaluate and assess the youth’s ability to participate in this program.

Provider requirements

  • Be a mentor
  • Complete an Orientation with Guiding Harbor
  • Complete a Central Registry Check
  • Complete a Criminal History Check
  • Complete an initial home assessment
  • Participate in an annual home assessment
  • Marital status (can be single, married, separated)
  • Can be related to SIL child (though not birth parents)
  • Must be financially stable
  • Able to produce proof of income and current utility bills
  • Have an approved living situation (apartment, house, mobile home, etc.)
  • Have separate bedroom for SIL child
  • Provide necessary furniture, bedding, towels, cooking, and eating utensils

Benefits of Becoming a Supervised Independent Living Home Provider

  • Satisfaction of helping a youth achieve independence and self-reliance
  • Do not have to be a licensed foster parent
  • Receive a daily room and board rate which is paid biweekly by the child
  • Prior to placement into an SIL home, the youth’s background and behavioral patterns will be discussed
  • Youth’s financial needs are supplemented through state payments
  • Training given to facilitate a successful placement
  • The child will be monitored at least monthly for program and home compliance

Youth Served

  • Youth served are ages 16 and older
  • Must be enrolled in school, vocational or academic program
  • Must be job ready or currently employed
  • All youth in semi- independent living must be either employed full-time, actively involved in job training or continuing education, or a combination of employment and education and provide documentation of such
  • Youth must be in compliance with mental health services and/or all medication as prescribed.
  • Must be a Court Ward assigned through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Youth who are not appropriate for this program are individuals that have academic issues, behavioral issues and a criminal history. Guiding Harbor will assess the youth prior to placement to evaluate and assess the youth’s ability to participate in this program.

SIL Handbook

Download the 2017 Supervised Independent Living Program Handbook