Transition services are a set of activities that helps students move from high school to post-school activities; including for example, college, vocational training, and employment. Transition plans for students in special education, are documented in the student’s Individual Economic Plan beginning at age 14, or younger, if appropriate.
Transition helps a student complete courses required to graduate. They can also helps students learn skills that will help them once they graduate.
Transition services are critical because, at 18 years old, unless the student’s parent has secured guardianship, students with disabilities have the right to make their own educational decisions. It is incumbent on the adults on the IEP team – the parents, educators, and other professionals – to ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for this important role. Our transition approach is driven by what students desire and is reflective of their race and culture.
Men and women coping with serious mental illness want a place where they can go, receive help and training, and develop a sense of community. They have such a place at Chelton Loft.
We are located in Harlem, open to adults who , have a history history of serious mental illness, with or without chemical dependency, and those with a history of homelessness can come to The Chelton Loft six days a week.
Members and staff work together to create an environment that supports people’s growth and development.
To become a member an individual must have been diagnosed with a mental illness, be 18 years or older, and live in New York City. The Chelton Loft charges no fee to join.
Members have the option of participating in Chelton Loft’s four main units:
Members have the opportunity to assist in providing the day to day support of the Clubhouse. Members have the opportunity to work with intake and orientation, member outreach, bulk mailing and copying projects, clerical, reception desk, record keeping and data entry.
Our Wellness unit offers workshops on health-related topics including tobacco cessation, medical diagnoses, integrated co-occurring disorders, tai chi, martial art movement, mindfulness and more. Members have the opportunity to attend local events and take part in advocacy initiatives and grant research.
All work within the unit is based on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. In addition there is a fitness studio available for daily use.
The Café is responsible for preparing all meals and snacks for the Clubhouse. Because we are wellness focused we use fresh ingredients including herbs picked from our window garden in each and every meal!
In this unit members also have the opportunity to work on inventory, learn about food safety and nutrition and food shopping.
The Café Unit is also responsible for the overall maintenance of the clubhouse.
The Career Advancement Unit provides all levels of support for members seeking employment–from assistance with developing resumes to practicing interview skills, job search and placement.
When a Member begins working he/she continues to receive support and stays connected with the Clubhouse. Our Members work at local businesses including T.J. Maxx, Verizon, God’s Love We Deliver and NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Members who are interested in furthering their education receive the same level of support—whether working towards a TASC, college degree or vocational certification.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chelton Loft or know someone who might qualify as a member, please call us at 212.727.4360.
Building on its longtime leadership in vocational rehabilitation, Fedcap Rehabilitation Services provides a full range of workforce development services for individuals with disabilities from career assessment through work readiness training leading to job placement and post-employment support.
The Career Exploration and Community Based Workplace Assessment provides participants with an experience to identify realistic vocational goals. These services include: gathering an accurate, detailed description of the consumer’s educational and work history, interest/academic/aptitude evaluations, assessing workplace behaviors, detailed vocational exploration, and engaging significant people in their lives such as spouses, friends, siblings, parents, counselors or teachers.
Work Readiness assists individuals to increase their soft skills necessary to maintain employment such as appearance, time management, business etiquette, communication with co-workers and supervisors, dealing with constructive criticism and conflict resolution. Self-Advocacy for Employment enables a person to learn to advocate for their rights at the workplace through understanding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and methods of self-advocacy for reasonable accommodations on the job.
Job Placement is an individualized customized process to match career goals to employment. This includes job seeking assistance such as resume preparation, job interview skill development, and engaging in job search leading to competitive employment in the community.
Fedcap Behavioral Health Services is committed to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental illness.
Each day, individuals with mental illness work through feelings of anxiety, guilt, shame, often fractured family relationships, and uncomfortable social interactions. They are challenged to obtain and maintain employment. And every day they must face the stigma and judgment that comes from a society that does not fully understand mental illness.
Fedcap Behavioral Health provides outpatient psychotherapy, group and individual counseling, and medication management to assist those we serve in reclaiming their lives. And, once stabilized, we assist our clients in obtaining work readiness and career training, job placement and post placement supports. What we do is making a difference.
Our licensed and certified clinicians understand the importance of comprehensive and engaging assessments, effective and doable treatment plans and ongoing support in meeting clinical goals. They are skilled in identifying strengths and leveraging the many assets of those we serve. Many of our staff are bilingual.
Fedcap Behavioral Health Services is located at 1011 Washington Avenue, Bronx. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services are on a sliding fee scale and we accept private pay, Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare and commercial insurance.