Alternative Family Program

Alternative Family Program

Alternative Family Program (AFP) is based on the therapeutic foster home concept of trained sponsors who open their homes to no more than five adults or seniors with mental illness and welcome them into their families.  With over 219 beds in 71 licensed care homes covering a 36 county area, sponsors provide 24-hour client supervision, care, and support in exchange for a monthly stipend.

Contact Information

Fort Myers Area

serving Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, & Lee Counties

Gainesville/Daytona Area

serving Flagler, Volusia, Levy & Bradford Counties

Lakeland Area

serving Polk, Highlands & Hardee Counties

Orlando Area

serving Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties

Pasco Area
serving Pasco County

Sarasota Area

serving DeSoto, Manatee & Sarasota Counties

South Florida Area
serving Broward County

Tampa Bay Area

serving Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties

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A welcoming home for those with mental illness

AFP was bestowed recognition by the American Psychiatric Association for significant achievement with seriously and persistently mentally ill adults, stating that the program was “an outstanding and important model for community mental health.”

“I am very satisfied with the services I have received here. I am very relaxed and content. We are treated like family.”

John R.

“I got to practice the skills that I have learned in the Step Program. I have learned steps to be more independent. I have learned to respect my caregiver and self. ”

Janet R.

“I moved in on November 2, 2006 into the best home that I have had in years. At Keith’s I have my own private room with a fish tank, something I have always wanted. I feel so lucky that I found this place.”

Linda I.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 19 years or older with a primary DSM IV psychiatric diagnosis on Axis I.
  • Continent or be able to manage bowel and bladder with light assistance.
  • Able to ambulate with minimal assistance and have the ability to “self preserve” in the presence of life threatening circumstances.
  • Competent, or if legally incompetent, client will have a court appointed guardian.
  • In a state treatment facility or at risk of a higher level of care or psychiatric hospitalization.
  • Able to function in an unlocked facility, thus not being a danger to self by wandering. In addition, the individual cannot have an episode of elopement within the last 90 days.
  • Not a danger to self or others, nor can the individual have been seriously disruptive or violent within the last 90 days.
  • Cannot be suffering from a severely debilitating physical condition (i.e., Alzheimer’s Organic Brain Syndrome, Cancer, and/or Severe Cardiopulmonary Disease) requiring moderate to advanced nursing care or use of technical equipment such as IV’s, oxygen, or monitoring devices which cannot be accommodated by the caregiver.
  • Must have some form of income, including SSI/SSDI, to pay for cost of care/room and board.

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