Structured Group Residence
A resident in placement may be placed in one of our structured group residences to begin an extended stay within the Whitmarsh Program. Younger residents and those demonstrating emotional or behavioral instability find comfort in the large structured group facilities where constant staff supervision and intervention are available. Structured group activities guide the daily living environment in which staff and residents intermingle for informal family-type activities.
In general, residents are involved in public and private educational programs for a large portion of the day. Tutorial assistance is also provided daily for students who may be experiencing academic difficulty. Participation in the after school tutorial and work/study programs is rewarded with a small monetary incentive.
Residents are responsible for the completion of a household chore and the maintenance of personal space and laundry. Residents are encouraged to obtain part-time employment to earn additional money. Recreational activities are offered each day to rechannel youthful energy.
Staff supervise the daily living activities and are readily available to assist residents with personal, social, academic, or emotional issues. Group care staff serve as role models, mentors for residents, and provide intervention for crisis situations.
Extension Group Residence
In time, residents move to smaller more independent facilities. There, group dynamics continue to have influence, although emphasis begins to shift to individual responsibility. Residents in extension settings attend school, hold part-time employment, and assume greater responsibility for planning leisure activities.
Residents are encouraged to begin independent activities within the community to develop social contacts while networking to meet individual needs. Program staff are actively involved with residents while monitoring individual activities and guiding residents regarding decision making.
For residents near maturity status or older, a semi-independent living component provides an opportunity to learn practical skills for managing and maintaining an independent household. Residents share in the responsibility of maintaining a small apartment with assistance from an on-site staff member.
Residents practice skills such as money management and budgeting, menu planning and meal preparation, consumer skills, banking, maintaining employment, using public transportation, and meeting responsibilities. Periodic monitoring by staff allows residents to experience growing independence while learning and practicing needed skills.
Residents are expected to maintain at least part-time employment with anticipation of full-time employment. For residents still involved in an educational program, part-time employment may be more appropriate; however, residents are required to be employed in some capacity.
A number of residents live in apartments within the private sector that are subsidized by the Whitmarsh Program. Whitmarsh provides assistance for those residents who are new to the work force, or not yet ready to assume total independence. The resident is expected to save a substantial portion of his earnings to provide for his future.
Supervision of residents in the independent living program is reduced, with daily checks by program staff. Individuals are expected to be responsible to the community as adults.
In partnership with the Rhode Island Training School, Whitmarsh provides a transitional residential program for young men who are scheduled to be released from the Training School in four to five months. Our program eases their return to the community and assists them in developing the skills they need to successfully reenter community life.
Developmental Disability Program
Whitmarsh House now offers a residential program for young men over 21 years of age who have developmental disabilities, providing a nurturing environment where they can learn independent living skills as they plan for their futures.
Rhode Island Training School