In Kalamazoo County, Community Living Services are offered in partnership with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health for youth. Community Living Services provides supports to families with children challenged with serious emotional disturbances and/or developmental disabilities.
What does CLS do?
The CLS program offers intense home and community based services aimed at improving social interactions and internal controls by instilling positive behaviors. Developing skills related to daily living, household chores, improving communication, relationship building, and goals determined in the child's Person Centered Plan.
What activities can CLS provide?
Participating in community and recreating opportunities; such as, attending classes, movies, volunteering, concerts and events in a park. Assisting families at home in relating to and caring for their child. Attendance at medical appointments. Goal setting with child and family to reduce risk factors and preserve health and safety to all members of the family.
How is CLS at Samaritas different than other CLS programs?
We offer a 1:1 ratio with staff and families. We spend time in the home and out in the community. We plan activities with you and your child as they pertain to the goals within their treatment plan. We work with the entire family to improve daily living skills, communication and understanding. We provide transportation to and from community events and recreation activities. We look for staff who have experience with behavioral health and/or developmental disabilities.
To see if you are eligible for CLS services through Samaritas, please contact your KCMHSAS case manager.