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Who We Serve

Waypointe serves emerging adult men ages 18-26 who have a primary mental health diagnosis.

You may have heard the term “failure to launch” to describe these young adults. At Waypointe, we see it differently. These young people are not failing to launch and they are not failing at life; that definition only validates the low self-esteem and low confidence these young people typically have about themselves. Instead, they are young people with tremendous talent and promise who either due to mental health symptoms or lack of preparation (or both) encounter more than usual difficult leaving home and developing an independent lifestyle. They’ve struggled to find their purpose, passion, and direction in life.

These young men just need a waypoint – a time and place to stop, reassess their own strengths and interests, and chart a new course in life.

We also serve the participant’s family. Recognizing the family as an ongoing and important support system for the Waypointe participant but also understanding that families are experiencing their own challenges, Waypointe provides a family support and education program that focuses on the specific needs and challenges of parents, siblings and extended family members.

Inclusionary criteria:

  • A primary mental health diagnosis
  • History of substance use
  • Excessive dependence on parents
  • Difficulty transitioning successfully to college or work
  • History of poor decision making
  • History of underachievement academically and/or vocationally
  • Difficulty making or sustaining meaningful relationships
  • Over-dependence or excessive use of electronics to relate and communicate with others
  • Low self-esteem or self-confidence
  • Social awkwardness or anxiety
  • History of not finishing what is started
  • Inconsistency with compliance to prescribed treatment
  • Resistance to authority

Exclusionary criteria:

  • Significant intellectual disabilities
  • Diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder
  • History of major criminal or homicidal activity
  • History of chronic violence, cruelty to animals, or fire-setting
  • Acute, untreated, or unsuccessfully treated eating disorders
  • Significant risk of self-harm
  • Significant, active substance dependence
  • History of sexual offense
  • History of several recent, potentially lethal suicide attempts
  • Medical issues beyond our ability to safely manage