Metro Community Living Ltd. (MCL) Provides services to individuals with intellectual disability, mental illness and physical disability. Currently, MCL operates two community-based residential support programs: a Small Option Home Program and a Supervised Apartment Program.
MCL’s Small Option Home Program consists of 11 homes in Halifax and Dartmouth. Our Supervised Apartment Program provides support to individuals and families who have similar needs, but require different types of support in order to maintain their optimum level of independence in the community.
1. Assist individuals with disabilities in attaining their optimum level of independence and self-reliance while living and participating in their communities.
Achieved, in part, by facilitating the acquisition of specific life skills and instrumental activities of daily living. MCL believes that as clients achieve proficiency in these life skills and instrumental activities of daily living, admissions to hospital or staffed residential support options decrease. Many of MCL’s clients have moved from the Small Option Home Program to the Supervised Apartment Program, and many have the goal of leaving Services for Persons with Disabilities (Department of Community Services) programs entirely.
2. Assist clients with the development and maintenance of a personal support network.
Support networks provide additional resources to individuals as they strive toward their optimum level of independence in the community. A personal support network may include, but is not limited to the inclusion of families, when appropriate and in the best interest of the client, friends, co-clients, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists/counsellors, members of a spiritual community, agency staff, and other individuals encountered in the community who provide encouragement and support toward the achievement of their goals. MCL encourages and supports clients to engage and participate in the development of community within and outside of the organization.
Achieved, in part, by helping clients recognize the importance of developing healthy interpersonal communication and relationship skills in order to maintain the personal support network. MCL supports clients in learning these skills within the context of the helping relationship. Additionally, as clients are supported through the process of accessing and maximizing community-based resources, skill development and acquisition are further enhanced.
3. Support clients in identifying and using their personal strengths, skills, abilities and talents towards the achievement of their personal goals.
Achieved, in part, through client-centered helping relationships, maximizing access to community-based resources, a commitment to ongoing professional development, and the creation and implementation of strengths-based individual support plans.