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Mental Health Transitional Residential

Program Director: Tara Bertram, MSS

Who is served?

You are served if you are an adult with a serious mental illness and you have difficulty living independently in the community.

Why is the service offered?

The Transitional Residential Program assists you in developing the skills you will need to live independently in the community.

What is the service?

  • You will live in the community. The level of support you need will determine where you will live. You may live in a group home or in an apartment building located in Northeast Philadelphia.

  • In our group home, you will live with 8 other individuals and share a bedroom with one person. Staff are present in the home at all times. You and your housemates will prepare and eat meals together and share in completing household chores.

  • In the apartment building, you will share a one or two-bedroom apartment with one other person. PATH has a separate apartment in the same building where staff are available at all times to assist you when needed. You and your roommate will share in completing household chores. You can decide to purchase and prepare meals together or individually.

  • Regardless of where you live, you will meet with staff to identify skills that you would like to develop so you can live more independently.

  • You will work with staff to develop these skills and staff will assist you in all areas where you may need support.

  • You will make choices regarding how you will spend your days, your evenings and your weekends. Examples may include attending a day or vocational program, having a job in the community, volunteering, taking classes and/or participating in recovery activities.

  • Your staff will assist you in ensuring that your medical needs are being met. Staff can help you make appointments and arrange transportation, if needed.

  • Your staff will work together with other members of your treatment team to ensure your mental health needs are met.

  • You will be supported in maintaining your connections to family and other important individuals in your life.

  • You will be encouraged to develop new friendships and socialize independently in the community.

  • Your spirituality and religious preferences will be supported.

  • As your skills improve and goals are achieved, staff will help you transition to a more independent living environment.
Where is the service located?

Services are provided in Northeast Philadelphia.

When is the service available?

Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You are eligible to receive services if:
  • You reside in Philadelphia.
  • You have had a psychiatric evaluation within the past year documenting a serious mental illness. A referral packet has been submitted to the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health. We can help arrange for this evaluation and referral.
  • The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health has approved this service for you.
How do I contact PATH?

Please call 215-728-4586 to obtain more information.

"I don't feel like I'm alone going through life. It has helped me care about other people and helped me live in my own apartment by myself again."

Martha, individual in a Transitional Residence


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