Services Provided at A Step Forward Inc.

A Step Forward, Incorporated (ASF) Woman and Children’s Wellness Program (WCWP) is a long-term, 6 o 12 month support program for chemically dependent pregnant and parenting women. The WCWP is a program that emphasize personal accountability and responsibility. Skilled staff, volunteers, counseling and childcare professionals provide a multi-disciplinary team approach that is gender -specific in a residential setting.

SRO housing contains multiple single room dwelling units that are occupancy by one person. These units may contain food preparation or sanitary facilities, or both. The rental assistance payments cover the difference between a portion of the tenant’s income (normally 30%) and the unit’s rent, which must be within the fair market rent (FMR) established by HUD.

A halfway house or recovery house is only a clean and sober environment, where recovering people can continue their recovery. The purpose of a halfway house, also called a recovery house or sober house, is generally to allow people to begin the process of reintegration with society, while still providing monitoring and support; this is generally believed to reduce the risk of recidivism or relapse when compared to a release directly into society.

The Transitional Housing provides funds for the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of residential housing for low-income individuals and families having an immediate need for temporary or transitional housing. The Transitional housing programs play an important part in many communities as they aid people struggling to get back on their feet. THP help people in your community make the transition to living on their own.

The Supportive Housing Program is designed to develop supportive housing and services that will allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Supportive Housing Program is provided to help homeless persons meet three overall goals: Achieve residential stability, Increase their skill levels and/or incomes, and Obtain greater self-determination (i.e., more influence over decisions that affect their lives).

Low income housing is offered to individuals or families with income that is 50% – 80% below area median income.  The purpose of low income housing is to provide affordable places for people to live at below market value cost.  The goal is to make the property as affordable as possible.

Low income housing refers to residencies for individuals or families with low annual household income. The purpose of low income housing is to provide places for people to live at a reasonable cost for them to afford. Subsidies are often defined by whether the subsidy is given to the landlord and then criteria are set for the tenants they can lease to or whether the subsidy is given to the tenant, typically as a voucher, and they are allow to find suitable private housing. The subsidy amount is typically based on the tenant’s income, but other formulas have been used.

Individual counseling is a collaborative process in which a unique, confidential helping relationship is developed between a counselor and a willing client (student/Client). In this relationship, the professional counselor acts as a facilitator to help the client to understand more accurately his/herself and the world around him/her.

Group counseling is a form of therapy, which posits that people benefit from shared experiences. Usually group counseling is focused on a particular issue, for example obsessive-compulsive disorder or anger management. One of the main principals behind group counseling is the idea that dealing with specific issues may cause isolation, and a feeling that one is alone in facing one’s problems.

Clinical case management is the process of facilitating, linking, monitoring, and advocating for children and their families to ensure that multiple services, designed to meet a families and a child’s need for care, are delivered in a coordinated and therapeutic manner. CCM are able to provide accurate assessments, create and coordinate services plans, and know when and how to intervene.

Mental Health Services are provided in a neighborhood catchment area close to the homes of patients. Services are designed to offer accessibility; a combination of indirect or preventive and direct services to the community; the use of program-centered as well as case-centered consultation; and various linkages to a variety of health and human services.

Our Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services offer a combination of Individual work towards rehabilitation goals (like learning to pay rent); Class instruction in rehabilitative topics (like health & social skills); Fun classes, activities, and fieldtrips (which are also rehabilitative for clients suffering social skills deficits or depression)

A Step Forward, Inc. offers 6 week and 26 week DWI Education Programs designed to meet the needs of persons who have been convicted of a DWI/DUI, have a court case pending against them or require basic education on alcohol/drug abuse and do not meet the criteria for a dependence disorder. The program utilizes an educational model to dispel myths regarding alcohol/drug abuse and to assist the patient in understanding the causes, effects, personal costs and implications to society. The program introduces the individual to the rationale and the necessity of DWI/DUI laws. DWI education often serves as a spring board into treatment and sobriety. As the patient becomes more educated about drug and alcohol abuse they often begin to personally recognize additional alcohol/drug addiction patterns.

Effective HIV and AIDS education can help prevent these new infections by providing people with information about HIV and how it is passed on, and in doing so equipping individuals with the knowledge to protect themselves from becoming infected with the virus.HIV and AIDS education can take place at A Step Forward in many different environments, from classes at school to families and friends sharing knowledge at home. It is important that this education is provided in a variety of settings to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society are reached, and that accurate information about HIV and AIDS is reinforced from different sources.