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Transitional Resources 

Description

Transitional Resources is a licensed behavioral health center and residential treatment program serving adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. TR plays a unique and important role in the local behavioral health system by serving people who would otherwise be incarcerated, hospitalized, or homeless. We serve a diverse population of men and women living in King County who come from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our goal is to provide safe housing and behavioral health treatment so clients can have a successful life in the community, off the streets and outside of institutions.

Mission Statement
Our mission is building better health, stable housing, and a community of support for people living with mental illness.  
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Transitional Resources
2970 SW Avalon Way 
Seattle 
WA
98126 
(206) 883-2051 

Darcell Slovek-Walker 
Chief Executive Officer 

Programs

Transitional Resources Programs

We offer a spectrum of services including:

 

  • Outpatient case management
  • Intensive case management
  • Supported housing
  • Crisis/hospital diversion
  • Vocational programs

 

These programs allow people living with serious mental illness to engage at a number of levels, depending on their needs. Many clients are engaged in more than one program, such as outpatient case management, supported housing and vocational programs. Below are descriptions of three of the six programs and services we offer:
  • Case Management: Staff assists clients in their mental health recovery by offering practical assistance and resource advocacy. Case managers ensure that clients in the program receive comprehensive, well-coordinated care that is easy to access 24/7, recovery oriented, and flexible to meet the needs of the individuals. This includes regular assessment for co-occurring disorders and health issues.
  • Supported Housing: This program provides safe, decent, and affordable housing for clients in houses and apartments in the surrounding community. Clients support each other in an independent living environment with regular contact and assistance from TR staff.
  • Residential Treatment:  This program serves those with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. Residents maintain a cooperatively run household and are encouraged to seek employment, volunteer, or educational opportunities through our vocational program.  

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

We are thrilled by the success of Avalon Place, which is thriving after just three years open. This building includes 16 apartments for adults with serious mental illness or co-occurring disorders. These people have historically been high utilizers of the mental health system, inpatient facilities, emergency services, or the criminal justice system. In 2014, 15 of the 16 units were occupied by people who had successfully maintained their housing for over a year- a huge success for a group with such a high incidence of chronic homelessness. Residents have developed a strong sense of community and look out for one another. They come together for meals and activities like art and cooking groups. These individuals came to us with a very high level of distrust, and a supportive community has made an enormous difference in their willingness to engage in our services, as well as their overall well-being.

One of our needs this year is to update our facilities. TR is currently renovating our oldest facility, TRY House. This building is home to 15 high needs individuals who receive residential treatment here at TR. The kitchen and the first floor are common areas for all 15 residents, as well as housing the medication room and 24 hour staffing for all the agency’s programs. We are replacing the floors and kitchen this year to make the facility more functional, as well as making it a more comfortable home for our clients. This renovation will cost just over $100,000, which we are raising via private fundraising efforts.

Evaluation


Transitional Resources (TR) plays a unique role in the continuum of services for mentally ill adults in King County. TR fills a unique niche in serving a population that would likely otherwise be incarcerated, hospitalized, or homeless; in many cases, these mentally ill adults are faced with the highest level of need.

Proven Success
TR believes that all men and women living with mental illness deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. People with serious mental illness can improve their lives, provided they have adequate support. In their most recent housing project for chronically homeless individuals living with mental illness, they helped one tenant decrease his jail use dramatically: he went from being jailed over 65 times in one year to not being jailed once since entering TR. Another client was in the state hospital for twelve straight years before coming to TR nine years ago. With TR’s supportive services, he is still living successfully in his own home and has not had even one psychiatric hospitalization.

Use of Best Practices
TR keeps their caseload sizes low, typically half the size of larger mental health centers. This allows them to meet each person’s unique needs and do more than just respond to a crisis, which often happens when caseload sizes are high. They provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They achieve efficiencies with their small size and low overhead. They are able to serve someone in their most intensive outpatient program for ¼ of the cost of a stay in the state hospital or jail.

Integrating mental health services with housing and offering a continuum of care from residential treatment to outpatient services helps us to accomplish these results.

Financial Health
Transitional Resources’ funding is relatively stable. But more and more of their clients are becoming ineligible for mental health services due to changes in eligibility requirements. They continue to offer complete services and this puts a financial strain on TR and makes it more difficult for them to provide clients the mental health care they need. They continue to develop private fundraising strategies and look for ways to conserve funds throughout their budget.

Sustainability
They have positioned the agency to be ready for health care reform and have established a partnership with Navos to ensure they are able to continue providing their unique blend of intensive services. TR has a successful track record of partnering with Navos on several projects and they see more opportunities for this type of collaboration under health care reform. Their implementation of electronic health records, which will allow them to directly interface with Navos and with primary care providers, also enhances their viability under health care reform.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/10/2012 $10,000.00provide general operating support.
12/10/2011 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/5/2006 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.

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