Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford


Avenues is a program designed to help adults lead happier and more productive lives by overcoming mental health and chemical dependency challenges. The problem is, participants are not fully prepared for independent living following these programs. The plan was to provide participants a therapeutic approach to gaining hands-on experience while combating symptoms of mental illness with the use of animals, with hopes that participants would be better prepared for life after leaving the program. If the project met the expected outcome, the agency would see a lower rate of participants returning to the program and a higher success rate of employment and life management skills among participants. Lack of time, unmeasurable data, and self-discharging patients made it impossible to complete all tasks for this project to be successful. Additional time is needed to move forward and see if the project will be successful in reaching the expected outcomes.