The professionals at Beacon Transitions have worked with many parents and appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to find a program that is right for your Young Adult. Parents want to know that their children will be cared for with the same attention offered at home and from the professionals that have helped most on their child’s journey so far. We are dedicated to providing an environment that emphasizes safety, health, happiness, professional skills, and personal growth. In each of these areas we aim to help our residents move towards their greatest level of independence.
At Beacon Transitions we help our residents to build on successes and skills from previous learning environments while adding content specifically related to living independently. In young people with ASD and other disabilities that impair executive functioning, the absence of “adaptive living” skills can be one of the biggest obstacles to independence.
We recognize that all people, regardless of ability, occasionally need support from their community. Community supports such as counselors, vocational rehabilitation, support groups, religious organizations, etc., are utilized by the general population every day to allow us to function independently. We provide our residents with guidance on identifying, accessing and utilizing those supports.
Below we have listed a few frequently asked questions that parents have asked us while on a tour of our facility or while calling for more information. We know it can be a difficult process to decide on the future of your young adult, and we want to help you as much as we can. We are also available by email or phone to answer your additional questions. Please email Kelly at email@example.com or call at 828-713-9584.
What is considered short term residential?
For the first 2 phases of the program, short term ranges from 12 – 30 months.
Do you provide mental health services?
We do not provide in house mental health supports. We work closely with each resident to better understand their mental health needs and support them in identifying a community provider that can meet their needs.
Is staff at the program at night?
Yes, we have staff that sleep at the house every evening in case of emergencies.
How many staff are on shift on any given day?
The number of staff is dependent on the number of students in the program at the time. If there are less than 5 students in Phase One there are anywhere from 1 to 4 staff available on any given day. If there are more than 5 students there are 2-5 staff available. During the training day, m-f/9-5 there are 3 to 5 staff available.
Do you bill insurance?
We do not accept insurance.
Do you take Medicaid?
We are not a Medicaid provider.
What are funding sources for the program?
Presently the program is solely funded by private pay. There are some payment relief options available upon approval.
What does the cost of the program include?
It includes housing, food, training, and weekly activities. It does not include the cost of college courses or mental health supports.
Are home visits allowed?
Yes, residents are allowed to visit home based on their personal schedule. We do not recommend that any resident leave the program during the first 8 weeks. This is to allow our residents to adjust to the expectations and routine of a new environment.
Can my son take college classes?
Yes, there are two local community colleges and one local liberal arts college that are options for residents. Those schools are: Blue Ridge Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, and University of North Carolina- Asheville.
Do you allow electronics?
Yes. We have an electronics contract that stipulates the use of electronic devices such as video game systems, cell phones, and laptops. Each resident has a unique contract based on their needs and contracts will be negotiated upon admittance to the program.