A Place to Thrive
The purpose of A Place to Thrive is to provide participants with case management services to assist them in increasing their self-sufficiency, self-efficacy and financial stability. This is done by providing services in a holistic manner, wherein the case manager works with the participant collaboratively to develop a customized plan tailored to meet the participant’s needs.
What is case management? Case management is a collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet the client’s health and human service needs.
The participant/client is considered the expert of their life experiences. The case manager is the expert of resources and support. Together they form a team to tackle the barriers impeding the participant’s ability to achieve self-sufficiency, self-efficacy and financial stability.
In order for a person to be eligible for case management services through a Place to Thrive, they must meet the current eligibility criteria:
- Must have a child(ren) 18 years or younger residing with them that they are the parent or legal guardian of; or
- Have an adult child with special needs as defined by the Social Security Administration that they are the parent or guardian of and that adult child resides with them; or
- Have an adult child between the ages of 19-22 that has a current IEP and is still attending a secondary school that they are the parent or guardian of and that adult child resides with them.
And their family is…
- Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Fairfax County; or
- Live in Fairfax County and paying more than 30% of their income to housing costs (rent and utilities); or
- Total Household Income is 200% or below the current Federal poverty level; or
- Unemployed or underemployed.
- Referral is made by CBO, Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Physician, Head Start Worker or Teacher of participant to be enrolled to APTS Director of Case Management Services.
- Once the referral is received an assessment is scheduled to verify participant meets all eligibility criteria.
- If the participant is found eligible then a determination is made as to which case management program they will be enrolled into. Currently, APTS offers two case management program models under A Place to Thrive.
General case management program -offers participants a more basic and less intense support service program. This program is heavily referral based. Participants in this program are able to independently follow-up on referrals given. Program duration is shorter.
Intensive case management program– participants in this program meet more frequently and have increased service support. A goal plan is developed and approved. Participants in this program qualify for our stipend program by actively attending, engaging and completing assigned activities/tasks. This program lasts up to 12 months. Emphasis on employment, health and education remains the primary focus in guiding these participants to self-sufficiency.
*Please note: In the event there are no current openings on any of APTS case management roster, the applicant will be placed on a waitlist. Once an opening comes up, applicants will be called to reassess eligibility.
Once determination is made as to which program a participant will be placed an orientation meeting is scheduled where the participant completes the final enrollment paperwork (i.e. APTS client application, release of information, media/photo releases, communication, program rules,etc.) with the assigned case manager.