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Independent Living Programs (ILP)

These programs serve those who have not developed the necessary skills to live in the community without added support. The Independent Living Programs help develop skills in food planning, housekeeping, personal hygiene, and socialization with neighbors, landlords, and other community members.

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Independent Living Programs

Living on your own is difficult. Many people who struggle with mental health have a hard time taking care of themselves while also functioning independently. There are also those who are transitioning from homelessness and need to learn the skills of how to live on their own.

That’s where Valley Behavioral Health’s independent living program (ILP) comes in — our programs set our clients up for success by teaching them how to function independently. It is hard to live by yourself but Valley Behavioral Health is here to support you. We are prepared to accommodate any needs our clients may have and are ready to provide our services.

Keep reading to learn more about independent living programs and how they can help you better equip yourself to transition back into everyday life.

What Are Independent Living Programs?

Independent living programs, also referred to as ILP or “transitional living,” provide Mental Health treatment for clients who are stable enough to live independently but may still be working on skills to be more self-reliant. ILP providers work with clients that are housed in the community on an outreach basis to teach skills and advocate for treatment compliance.

Independent living programs often help clients develop food preparation and planning skills, basic housekeeping, personal hygiene, and socialization with neighbors, landlords, and other community members.

The goal of our ILP program is centered around independence. The specific focus and intensity of goals are tailored to each individual client.

Valley Behavioral Health owns five apartment complexes in the Salt Lake City metro area that provide housing with an on-site case manager to help residents engage and progress toward their independence goals within a supportive framework.

Who Needs This Independent Living Program?

Our ILPs offer a safe, stable, and supportive environment where clients gain the ability to ease themselves back into the community with an on-demand support network. ILPs is the logical next step for Valley Behavioral Health clients who are ready to graduate from an in-patient program but who want some extra time to continue building skills to help them navigate life independently.

Valley Behavioral Health also helps clients who are transitioning from homelessness or supported group housing like our group homes or Valley Plaza. Many of our clients also struggle with mental health which we help treat and care for through our various programs. With our ILP program we help our clients be ready to live on their own and function independently.

ILP benefits clients in the same way that outpatient programs would, adding additional support from on-site case managers or in the community to help clients learn and strengthen skills over time until they are ready to fully integrate independently back into society.

Benefits of Independent Living Programs

  • Smaller caseloads
  • Strong sense of community
  • Reintegrating with society while being supported
  • Reconnecting with family

Smaller caseloads

Since ILP caseloads are smaller than other rehab programs, case managers and therapists are able to provide more time, support, and attention to each client based on their specific clinical and developmental needs, than a traditional outpatient program typically provides. Not only do we help those with substance abuse problems, but we also assist people transitioning from homeless ness or those who struggle with mental health problems.

Our ILP will help our clients acclimate to life in a drug and alcohol-free environment to ensure there are no unhealthy habits being formed.

Residents living in independent living programs are required to remain sober. Clients who are fresh out of rehab benefit tremendously from not being placed back into situations where drugs and alcohol are present. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction relapse rates are as high as 40-60%. Avoiding potential triggers early in the recovery process can significantly help prevent a relapse.

What’s more, ILPs are also free from many of the stressors of everyday life, which, as we know, can be quite chaotic and hard to manage. During early recovery, stressors can abruptly turn into triggers.

Valley Behavioral Health understands that it takes time to gain back your independence. Many of our clients struggle with mental health or are transitioning from homelessness. We make sure our independent living programs provide a more predictable and less stressful environment.

In doing so we are able to help our clients build healthier routines. We ensure that everyone’s mental and physical health are well taken care of. The more healthy routines we build, the better their overall wellbeing they will have.

A strong sense of community

Nothing brings people together like going through challenges together. ILPs foster strong bonds and relationships that last long after the program is complete. ILPs allow people to establish social networks and friendships with a foundation of hope, support, love, and togetherness. This sense of community leads to more confidence and self-trust upon entering the “real world”. ”What’s more, living outside of the four walls of a rehab facility but still within a communal environment encourages clients to use the refined behavioral and communication techniques they have learned during in-patient treatment.

Reintegrate with society while supported

The real world is full of triggers that can quickly send an addict down a spiral, especially if they feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to — whether they’re scared of judgment or feel like nobody understands what they’re going through. Valley Behavioral Health’s ILP programs ensure our clients always have someone to talk to about struggles and triggers they encounter — whether it’s a licensed professional counselor, case manager, or a roommate or other person in the ILP community. Participating in an ILP gives our clients struggling with mental health the time they need to organize their life and acclimate to a substance-free environment — a critical step in the recovery process before returning home.

Reconnect with family and much more

ILPs allow clients who struggle with mental health to reconnect with their families, resume or gain employment, and engage in social activities at a comfortable pace without taking everything on at once.


Research continues to emerge that demonstrates how vital independent living programs are after treatment. One study found positive outcomes for 300 people who lived in sober living houses.

These outcomes included:

  • Increased involvement in 12-step programs
  • Reduced drug and alcohol use in social settings and groups
  • Greater employment
  • Lower psychiatric problems
  • Decreased likelihood of a relapse

Valley Behavioral Health Independent Living Program Curriculum

Our focus is on customized treatment options for each client. As such, our ILP interventions are tailored to the individual needs of each resident or client. Our ILP programs generally support medication, therapy, and UA compliance support if applicable. We work with our clients on independence skill development.

Our ILP services are performed on an individual and/or group basis.

Our curriculum combines structured transitional living with an intensive outpatient element to help our clients achieve long-term sobriety.

How to Enroll in Valley Behavioral Health’s Independent Living Program

Most referrals for our Independent Living Program come from clients who are completing other Valley

Behavioral Health programs as they prepare to transition away from homelessness and want to learn to function successfully in the community while addressing Mental health issues.

Requirements to Get into Valley Behavioral Health’s Independent Living Program

Potential ILP clients must be registered Valley Behavioral Health clients who are able to manage all or part of treatment compliance independently. Generally, they must be housed or qualified to move into ILP housing.

Which Valley Behavioral Health Locations Offer ILP Programs?

We provide case management and therapy throughout the Salt Lake valley as well as at North Valley clinic and on-site at ILP properties. Medications are delivered to ILP apartment complexes on a weekly basis, and health care appointments are provided at North Valley or South Valley clinics.

Interested in Learning More About Independent Living? Contact Us Today!

If you have any questions about whether you or a loved one qualifies for Valley Behavioral Health’s

Independent Living Program, contact us today. We would be happy to go over your case details and provide you with guidance to take the next step in your healing journey.

Our licensed and experienced staff works with thousands of people seeking mental health resources and treatment each year, helping them achieve the life they deserve — free from the grips of mental illness, addiction, and problematic behaviors.

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