The Briggs Continuing Education Center is designed to support young adults who are transitioning from high school to postsecondary education, competitive employment, while moving toward a more independent way of life. This is accomplished through a coordinated and outcome-oriented plan to prepare the students to reach his or her maximum level of independence in the stated areas. This plan should be fluid and will change as the student matures, experiences more opportunities and acquires skills.
The goal at the Briggs Center is to provide each student with the necessary skills needed to foster independence. It is expected that each student will have his or her own challenges; however we continue to encourage each student to begin to develop his or her own path towards, a greater sense of independence, develop self advocacy skills, self reliance and self worth.
The Briggs Center is located in downtown Danielson, CT. There is access to a variety of community resources that are either within walking distance or along the public transportation route. This includes: the public library, various restaurants, banks, the laundry mat, parks and recreation, the state police as well as a variety of retail settings.
A curriculum is provided to the students that will assist and prepare them for employment, post secondary education and independent living skills. The student’s skills are assessed quarterly using the Transition and Independent Living Skills Assessment (TILSA) to monitor progress. The TILSA assesses skill areas such as housing acquisition and leases, budgeting and taxes, banking and credit, time management, personal safety in the home, legal awareness, employment, community service, career planning, and healthy relationships. Additional tools such as career profiles and interest inventories will also be utilized on order to help the students with career awareness and exploration as well as the identification of short-term and long-term career goals.
Students create their own individual daily and weekly schedules and are encouraged to participate in a variety of community activities. These activities may include but are not limited to: community volunteerism, community college courses, adult education courses, fitness classes etc. Each student is an active member in the development of his or her action plan and weekly goals.
Residentially, the students are learning to live independently, in an apartment setting. Staff supports the tenants in learning skills such as grocery shopping, cooking, interpersonal relationships, maintaining a safe and clean living environment, and budgeting. The tenants are encouraged to participate in social outings and to be a productive member of their local community. Tenants have access to a community room in which they can invite guests to visit.
The Briggs program collaborates with other state agencies as part of the transition process. This includes: The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service (DMHAS), the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
The objective of the Briggs program is to provide an experiential program for young adults in which they will be exposed to employment, post secondary education, independent living and community participation opportunities.
- Successful transition for adolescence to young adulthood (mastery of developmental tasks of individuals 18-25 years old).
- Successful transition from a family centered focus of activities to independent community living.
- Successful obtainment or maintenance of gainful employment in the community.
- Successful preparation for obtaining a driver’s license if applicable. This includes the application of safe driving skills as well as the social pragmatics of being a safe driver.
- Reliable and consistent application of TLC’s self assessment of independent living skills.
- Continuation of mastery of self regulation either by use of a TLC clinician or an outside provider