Supervised Apartments and Independent Living Program

The SAIL (Supervised Apartment & Independent Living) program is a Transitional Living Apartment Program (T.L.A.P.) that serves older adolescent males and females.  SAIL prepares young adults to successfully attain independent living and permanent housing, and provies twelve efficiency style units located in Meriden.  There are designated areas in the residential building for staff offices and places for youth to congregate, hold educational groups, tutoring and study hall.  At any one time SAIL has the capacity to accommodate up to twelve youth, including those who may be pregnant and/or parenting.

Target Population: 

The SAIL model is designed to meet the needs of foster care youth age eighteen (18) and older who have proven they have the maturity level and life skills needed to live in a more independent setting.  As an alternative to more traditional foster home settings, the SAIL program is often an ideal choice for youth who have unique needs including uncommon language barriers, lack of acceptance of sexual minority or transgender youth by foster care providers or family members; complex medical issues; criminal history or juvenile justice involvement; history of significant trauma and/or parenting or married with young children. The average length of stay ranges from 6 months to 3 years and youth can live at SAIL until they are 23 years old, if they enter before their 21st birthday.


Transition to SAIL: 

Supportive staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon admission, each youth is assigned to a Case Coordinator who will help guide the youth from intake to discharge. Each youth is expected to be enrolled in school, a vocational program and/or employment. 

Staff are cognizant of the impact that culture, race, and gender can have on process and outcomes.  Discharge and aftercare planning are also important components of our service delivery. While at SAIL, residents will benefit from a relational service approach that afford opportunities to build on and develop strong, long lasting connections with family, role models, peers, mentors, staff and the community. Staff work with each youth to identify their strengths, challenges, long-term goals, short-term objectives and aftercare services.  

The SAIL program encourages youth development by embracing the incredible resiliency of these young people, honoring their strengths, providing trauma informed services and reducing their exposure to further violence and victimization.

Program Requirements: 

The SAIL program is for youth in the care of the Department of Children and Families, who have shown they have the ability to live independently. Social workers who would like to refer a youth should contact Tabitha Rodriguez at trodriguez@lisainc.org  or phone by at 203-440-0313.