Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is PTI different?

PTI(Pathways to Independence) is different in many ways from other organizations.  PTI is a social-focused organization, where participants also gain the skills to become independent, advocate for themselves, and learn a verity of new skills.  PTI allows participants to truly get out what they put into the program.  Each participant has their own individual goals they work on and are encouraged by staff members to make and sustain meaningful friendships and learn the skills necessary to do so.  Participants learn to become more independent and safe in their community, live a healthy lifestyle, go outside their comfort zone and experience the what’s going on in their community.  PTI also serves a portion of the population that is already independent in many aspects of their lives, and is often overlooked.  The majority of our participants work at least part time and many live on their own and drive; they just need some help with social skills and want to socialize in an environment where they feel comfortable and accepted.


Why do I have to pay to participate?

PTI plans events, supports participants, and provides services all delivered by paid staff members and some volunteers.  Scholarships are also available based on financial need.  Please note that residents of St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Louis County all have different fee structures based on the reimbursement rate negotiated with each Senate Bill 40 (SB-40) Board.  Each board pays differently and does not always reimburse for all services.


How many events should I attend each month?

Most PTI participants go to 2-3 events per month.  Some go to up to four or five a month.  It is up to the participant, but we do encourage everyone to go to at least two events per month so that they can work on their goals consistently and socialize in their community.


How many people attend each event?

It depends on the event.  Some small groups have just 2 to 3 participants, but a few larger events may have more than 20 people.  Most events have 6-8 participants and two staff in attendance.


What are the ages of the other participants?

PTI serves adults of all ages beginning at age 18.


Will there be staff at events?

The PTI staff to participant ratio is 1:10 for larger group events, however, most events have two staff and 6-8 participants.


Are there scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships are available and are based on financial need.  Once the proper paperwork is submitted, the scholarship committee determines if and how much of a scholarship will be awarded.  Both the participant and the participant’s primary supporter’s financial information are needed to be considered for a scholarship.