Project Live subscribes to the “Housing First” model, and provides an environment that is supportive of individuals’ unique and specifc needs. The program substance abuse counselor conducts an initial assessment designed to identify each individual’s stage of change and complimentary intervention(s). The substance abuse counselors meet with people individually on a regular basis. S/He uses motivational interviewing techniques to help consumers recognize how their actions affect their desired recovery goals so that they can overcome ambivalence. Additionally, s/he refers individuals to local community self-help groups, such as, Pleasant Moments, a self help center located in the same building as PLI’s administrative offices. Currently, the Supportive Housing Substance Abuse counselor facilitates a self-help group at the supportive housing program office.
Two of Project Live’s group homes were developed specifically for individuals with MICA issues and have on-site services and specialized staff to address the residents’ goals to remain free from drug and alcohol use while maintaining psychiatric stability.