Adult Living for Transitional Achievement

Adult Living for Transitional Achievement

The goal of Adult Living for Transitional Achievement (ALTA) is to reduce recidivism by helping youths to successfully reintegrate into the community following out-of-home placement.

The program helps youths to:

  • Identify available community resources, and how to access them, to support the youth’s educational, vocational, medical and treatment needs
  • Identify community support systems to help the youth achieve stability and connectedness
  • Practice independent living skills so the youth can successfully maintain housing, employment and successful relationships


ALTA provides temporary housing, reentry support services, and skills development for youth returning to the community following a placement in a secure facility.

Evidence Based Curricula

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Programming Offered:

  • Skills Based Groups: Transition Support Services Workbook, resume writing/interviewing, job applications, finances, electrical, car repair, meal preparation, food purchasing, yard care and application for housing.
  • Vocational Training and Certifications: on-site employment skills in screen printing, carpentry, computer tech and other work related areas to include: Microsoft, Serve Safe, Food Handlers, OSHA, Fire Extinguisher, Flagger, Bicycle Collective, and certification for completion of any of the Evidence Based-Curricula noted above.
  • Education: is provided on-site through the local school districts.
  • Restitution/Work: ALTA residents will receive support from ALTA staff to pay restitution obligations or find gainful employment to help youths save funds for future needs such as college and independent living.
  • Clinical Support: In partnership with the Local Mental Health Authority, ALTA provides evidence-based therapy in substance use disorder for acute and ongoing therapeutic needs as indicated by assessment or as defined by the Utah Juvenile Court.
  • Family Involvement: ALTA encourages parents and families to play an active role in treatment through Child & Family Team Meetings, weekly updates and visitation.

Target Population

Moderate to high-risk youths on transition from secure care, ages 16-20. Cases that don’t meet the criteria must be screened by the Program Director for approval. Eligibility appropriateness will be determined at a Child and Family Team Meeting.

Length of Stay

Length of stay will be individualized for each youth, but the maximum stay can be up to 90 days.

Exclusionary Criteria

Would include but would not be limited to active psychosis, actively suicidal, assaultive towards peers and sexually acting out or identified as low risk on the Prescreen Risk Assessment, Protective Risk Assessment