Life Skills Training – Transitional Youth Program

Our Life Skills Program utilizes a person-centered approach to help each of our participants learn the necessary skills to manage everyday tasks and responsibilities and successfully make the transition into adulthood. A primary goal of the Life Skills Training is to build capacity of individuals to make decisions and take actions that positively impact their lives and the lives of those around them while promoting psychological as well as physical well-being.

This program is a relatively brief model (6-months to 1-year) specifically focused on skills training in the areas including but not limited to effective communication, decision making and problem-solving, hygiene, budgeting/financial, housing, employment, social skills daily living and educational services with a goal of client obtaining self-sufficiency. The Life Skills Training program also provides Services are designed to assist the individual’s own efforts to achieve self-sufficiency, making the transition from adolescence to adulthood successful.

The Goals

Life Skills are to teach the necessary skills to manage everyday tasks and responsibilities
• Skills to help clients to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
• Skills to obtain knowledge and resources to successfully prepare for transition into adulthood
• Increase of skills in areas such as communication, interpersonal skills, finances, and critical thinking
• Skills to enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors


• 14 – 24 years old (11-13 years old will be considered on a case by case basis)
• Enrolled in a contracted Health Care Plan
• Enrolled in AHCCCS
• This Life Skills Training program is appropriate for those who are in a transitional period and would benefit from addressing the barriers that stand in the way of living a sustainable life.
• The duration of this program is dependent on individual need and learning ability
• Services can be provided in our office or in the client’s home, provided the home is an appropriate setting

To refer a client for the Life Skills Program, send the following documents to BHReferral@hcs-az.org:

•Direct Service Referral form with up to date contact information

• Direct Service Referral to includes a psychoeducational code for skill sessions (1-4x/month)
• Initial Assessment/ Annual Psychological Evaluation including current diagnosis and BHP signature
• CFT or provider Service Plan with parent/ guardian signature identifying the need for Life Skills Training
• Strengths, Needs, Cultural Discovery (if one has been completed)
• Crisis Plan (if one has been completed)