866-364-2300 ext. 233

Core Competence Services

Core Competence Services

A strengths-based neurobiological approach to helping the emerging adult discover, develop, and utilize their personal strengths and innate competencies as they work towards an independent, productive and meaningful life.

Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Weight Management
  • Sleep Hygeine
  • Kitchen Organization
  • Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Meal Preparation Techniques
  • Food Management
  • Food Safety

Independent Living

  • Time Management
  • Home Management
  • Money Management
  • Personal Self Care
  • Leisure Exploration
  • Social Skill Development
  • Community Integration
  • Personal Efficacy
  • Self Sufficiency

ReCognition – Cognitive Enhancement

  • Executive Function
  • Organizing
  • Planning
  • Task Completion
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Visuospatial Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Social & Communication Skills

Education and Career Development

  • Educational Counseling
  • Tutoring Resources
  • Advocacy / Liaison with Schools
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Testing
  • Volunteerism
  • Job Search
  • Skill Development
  • Job Coaching

Core Competence Psychiatric Home Health Service

Yellowbrick provides Core Competence Home Health for emerging adults. Yellowbrick provides in-home support services to emerging adults living in geographic proximity within Evanston, adjacent to the city on Chicago’s North Shore. Staff includes an occupational therapist, registered dietician, nurse, social worker or Core Competence Staff (CCS) to accompany the emerging adult as they pursue challenging activities in the community. This includes grocery shopping for an individual struggling with an eating disorder or getting to school or work on time for someone who has difficulty with self-organization or self-motivation. The specific tasks and frequency of Core Competence Home Health is individualized.

Core Competence Home Health meets the diverse needs among varied groups of emerging adults. It is an optimal choice for many emerging adults transitioning from The Residence, inpatient or rehabilitation settings. Certain emerging adult college students who can neither live on-campus, nor in an independent apartment, find that Core Competence Home Health allows them to safely and effectively sustain themselves, both personally and academically. Emerging adults with autism-spectrum disorders, or significant non-verbal learning disabilities are often able to achieve a higher level of independent functioning with Core Competence Home Health.

Core Competence Home Health provides a prescribed level of staff availability, membership within a community of peers and groups which support life skills, interpersonal connections and educational or career goals. Each emerging adult works with an Advocate who coordinates planning and communication while providing coaching for problem solving and skill development, as well as an education and career specialist who addresses work and academic needs.

Emerging adults within Core Competence Home Health are also eligible for participation in the many recreational and creative therapeutic activities within Yellowbrick such as the art studio, health club membership, movie discussion night, community dinner and brunch and “wilderness” outings. Professional services such as psychotherapy or psychopharmacology management are provided on a fee-for-service basis at the Yellowbrick Consultation & Treatment Center. Emerging adults within Core Competence Home Health are expected to maintain a level of functioning, which includes ten hours of productive activity a week such as school, work or volunteering in the Evanston community. A six-month commitment is required for admission unless the emerging adult is transitioning from The Residence.


Core Competence Home Health @ 2233

Core Competence Home Health @ 2233

Supported Housing

  • Furnished luxury home with housemates; single room
  • Core Competence Staff support
  • Executive function & life skills support
  • MD review of random & cause
    UA Tox
  • Medical triage
  • Budgeting and review of expenses
  • Medication tracking & support
  • Pharmacy support
  • Grocery & cooking support
  • Housemate meeting weekly
  • Yellowbrick Core Competence Staff Crisis support services 24/7

Community Engagement

  • Connections Lunch  
    Monday – Friday
  • Tuesday, Friday & Sunday night Community dinners (paid by Yellowbrick)
  • Yellowbrick Community activities including: Movie night, Game night, weekend activities, Makom Art Studio, Holiday BBQ & parties, camping trips (fee)
  • Residence 12-Step Meeting
    1x week (Tuesday)
  • Sunday brunches Parents as Partners Weekend
  • Eligible for LA Fitness membership (fee at reduced rate)
  • Yellowbrick Apprenticeship Program

Professional Services @ CTC

  • Treatment Review within Core Competence Professional Clinical Conferences
  • Case manager support
  • Eligible for 4 LSP/Specialty groups/week
  • Morning rounds by OTR/L, RD, Advanced Practice RN or LSCW
  • Education, Career & Community Participation Counseling 1x/2week
  • ReCognition
  • Parents As Partner Weekends
  • Family Liaison
  • Family Therapy and/or Rounds (fee)
  • Yellowbrick 24/7 MD on Call
  • Psychiatric neuromodulation services (MD/APN-billed separately)


(minimum 4 month commitment)

  • CCHH Membership with 2233, $12,500/mo.
  • CCHH Membership w/o 2233, $7750/mo. (includes 1 home visit/week)


At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 866.364.2300.