The Semi-Independent Living Program (SILP) provides affordable housing and case management services for adults with serious and persistent mental illness through the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Case managers help clients access community resources so that they can achieve the greatest level of independence possible, with the goal of becoming integrated into the community.
The Semi Independent Living Program houses up to 37 clients in its onsite facility in Elkhart. Each apartment provides residents with their own bedroom, and they share a bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Residents can stay at SILP as long as deemed clinically necessary, although eviction can occur for repeated violation of SILP rules. Some residents are employed, others volunteer or are involved in other productive activities.
The goal of SILP is to help seriously mentally ill adults develop their skills so that they can live successfully in the community and become as independent as possible. Residents are expected to follow their treatment structure, which can include:
- attending psychiatric medication briefs;
- regular meetings with case manager;
- regular attendance to groups or individual therapy;
- taking medications as directed.
Criteria for admission
SILP is appropriate for adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness (SMI) and who:
- are 18 years of age or older;
- are active Oaklawn clients;
- are not considered dangerous to themselves or others;
- have a full-scale IQ of 75 or higher;
- possess minimal basic adult living skills that will allow them to maintain an apartment.
Applicants must demonstrate a need and a commitment to abide by the rules of SILP, as well as by HUD guidelines. Priority is given to those who are in an inpatient or state hospital setting.
If residents are employed and/or receive Social Security benefits, they pay up to 30 percent of their income for rent, which includes utilities. Rent is subsidized through HUD funding.
To make a referral to SILP, contact the Community Support Program director at (574) 533-1234, ext. 353.
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