What is Transitions to Community Living?

The Transitions to Community Living (TCL) provides eligible adults living with serious mental illnesses the opportunity to choose where they live, work and play in North Carolina. This initiative promotes recovery through providing long-term housing, community-based services, supported employment and community integration. The Transitions to Community Living initiative has its roots in the 1999 Supreme Court ruling relating to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), also known as the Olmstead decision, which prohibited the unjustified segregation of individuals with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found many individuals with SPMI in North Carolina were living in adult care homes and state psychiatric facilities – living situations that violated the requirements under the Olmstead decision.

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