Now open for almost a year, Waypointe has graduated its first class of participants and is producing outcomes that show how the residential treatment program has been such an effective and exciting opportunity for all. Waypointe is a cutting-edge transitional program specifically-designed for young adult men who are experiencing challenges with becoming self-sufficient and finding their purpose, while also struggling with mental illness. Our staff has accompanied these young men through our five phase transitional program and helped launch them into a more independent, adult life. These participants have been able to leave Waypointe with a renewed ability to live as productive members of their communities, while turning their potential into reality. Continue reading to learn about some of the participants who have benefitted from Waypointe’s L.I.G.H.T. Model, an evidence-based approach to residential treatment and transitional living programs for young adults.
Graduate #1 (Mike) – College Student
Mike had a long history of unsuccessful treatment episodes, with six previous inpatient stays at various psychiatric and substance abuse treatment centers. After a 14-year struggle to maintain sobriety and overcome his mental illness, he entered Waypointe. Over the course of our five phases, Mike engaged in group and individual psychotherapy, maintained medication compliance with an effective regimen, attended 30 NA meetings in 30 days, and filled our residence with his world-class artwork. Through the guidance of our academic support program and regular strategy meetings with his parents, returning to a full-time college campus became a realistic goal for Mike. Upon completion of Waypointe, Mike enrolled at a prestigious private university, secured part-time employment near campus, and established mutually-rewarding adult relationships with his parents and girlfriend. At the time of his graduation from Waypointe, Mike self-reported improved coping skills, a stabilization of his mood and behavior, and a strong motivation to achieve his goals. All of the staff at Waypointe were thrilled to help Mike through that journey.
Graduate #2 (Tyler) – Waypointe Alumni Ambassador
Tyler arrived at Waypointe sharing how his history of depression and anxiety seriously disrupted his ability to attend his local community college and to work consistently. Working to overcome a history of a lack of motivation and sustained independence, Tyler was soon able to identify his passion and purpose while at Waypointe. By engaging in our educational and vocational components, Tyler thrived in our eight-week culinary program. He translated his newly-found love of cooking into sustainable employment as a chef within three months of his start date at Waypointe. Despite a history of family conflict and undermined trust, Tyler was able to negotiate a semi-independent housing plan with his family that reflected his progress of vocational achievements and self-esteem improvements. As Tyler progressed through the five phases of the L.I.G.H.T. Program, he was also able to establish a meaningful relationship with his parents. At the time of his graduation, Tyler announced himself as the new “Waypointe Alumni Ambassador,” and has established an Alumni Club for our transitional home and mental health treatment center.
Graduate #3 – (Anthony) Starting to Set His Own Goals
Upon his arrival, Anthony had suffered from debilitating depressive symptoms that left him constrained to his bed. At the onset of treatment, Anthony was disinterested in any sort of psychotherapy or medication to help him overcome his illness. The relational approach utilized by our team of residential mentors allowed Anthony start to move through the stages of change. The team at Waypointe worked diligently to find creative ways to engage Anthony while utilizing evidence-based mental health treatment to impact change in his communication and behavior. Anthony was able to overcome his initial resistance, and he became an active participant in his own recovery. Anthony also completed our eight-week culinary program. He later reflected upon how he had not realized that he had skills and talent. Upon graduation from Waypointe, Anthony and his parents implemented a 90-day transition plan to shift him from living in their home to living independently. Anthony also managed his new anti-depressant medications and continues to embrace his own goals for the future.
Supporting Evidence for Waypointe’s Residential Mental Health Treatment Center
Over the course of a patient’s time at Waypointe, the treatment team monitors both the attitude and clinical symptoms while utilizing objective data to assess their progress. Below is the Basic-24 graph to give a depiction of the correlation between clinical symptoms and functional improvement of participants at Waypointe. The data tells us that clinical symptoms decrease and functioning attitudes improve for the participants at Waypointe.
These three graduates are perfect examples of how Waypointe helps emerging adults turn their potential into reality. As Waypointe gets ready to embark on its second year of serving its participants, we reflect back on an exciting and successful start. For the young men who have come to the program looking for help to find well-being and purpose, we applaud your success. The Waypointe team has delivered, and remains committed to helping each young man chart a new course in life. Contact us today to learn more about our adult treatment and transitional program.