Transitional Service (TS) is one of the
older independent living skills training programs in Northern California. Since its inception, it has continued to evolve and
develop based on the changing needs (and the perceptions of
those needs) of the consumers served and the needs of its
funding agency, North Bay Regional Center.
Transitional Service uses a critical skills
model for its training model.
That is, only those skills or those parts of skills that
are needed are taught.
Basic tenets of this model are that it is not necessary
to do a great deal of readiness training and that if there are
adaptive ways of doing things, use them.
The real goal is to get people functioning as completely
and quickly as possible.
TS is also committed to training in the
This means that the best place to learn to use the
supermarket is to shop at the one you will be using as you move
into more independent living.
The best way to learn to cook is when you are hungry.
Natural environments are the times, places, and ways that
people normally do things.
TS, as it currently exists, has four basic components.
TS is an independent living skills (ILS)
program. It is one
of the two oldest such programs in Northern California, celebrating its fiftieth year in the
summer of 2002. It
is a community-based program, which means that all training is
done in the community with a staff to consumer ratio of one to
Each staff member is responsible for a
caseload of from ten to twelve consumers.
Staff members assist each consumer in developing her/his
own Individual Service Plan (ISP) that outlines the goals the
consumer hopes to accomplish, the plan for arriving at these
goals, and the timeframe for achieving the goals.
This Individual Service Plan serves as the curriculum for
each of the consumers in the program.
TS provides training in all areas in which a
person needs competence in order to live independently in the
community. We teach
budgeting, cooking, community access, sexual responsibility,
parenting, and all areas in between.
If it is part of human experience, it is potentially part
of our curriculum.
Consumers in the
TS program may also participate in the
Art@Arc program which includes the visual arts, poetry,
drumming, and now a performing arts component on Tuesday morning
at 9:15 a.m. Consumer's work is displayed in a
variety of galleries and businesses. They receive a
commission when their work is sold.
If you have any
questions, please call Chris Wills at (707) 552-2935 or email