Am I ready to live on my own?
Planning for a new and different living arrangement is important and that you be ready to live independently. You should work on the skills required to be comfortable and safe. You will need some supports. All of us need others to help us through life. You are no different. The first thing you need to determine is how much support you will need and have a honest idea of how prepared you are to live independently. Have you stayed overnight(s) at location other than your parent’s home?
It is important for you to have a team (support group) of people to help you with these hard decisions. You are the most important person in this decision making process, but it is really important that you include your immediate family (your parents or brothers or sisters), maybe some extended family members (like grandparents or aunts and uncles), and other trusted individuals who know you well (like teachers, case managers, employers, friends) when making such a big decision. Together, you can brainstorm the best option for you and make a plan for how to get there. Your team can also help you determine if you have all the independent living skills you will need. It is a good idea to have a team that meets formally to help you put together a Person-Centered Plan (PCP) where you set specific goals for yourself and make a roadmap for how to reach them. Your team members are important because they can each be assigned a role in supporting you in your goals.
There are also local resources that can help you decide how prepared you are to live independently.
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Community Mental Health
If you have a case open with CEI-CMH, your case manager can help you think about housing options.
Community Mental Health (www.ceicmh.org)
Disability Network Capital Area
DNCAP provides a variety of services to individuals with disabilities, including helping your set goals, assessing your readiness for independent living and directing you to housing resources.
Disability Network Capital Area (www.dncap.org)
ASPPIRE of Mid-Michigan
ASPPIRE helps facilitate Person Centered Plans for individuals.
ASPPIRE of Mid-Michigan (www.asppireofmidmichigan.com)