Transitional Living Services

The Mary Lee Foundation was an innovative force in its approach to community-based programs for people with disabilities. The foundation’s development of the Transitional Living Services program provided a successful alternative to institutionalization in the early years of the Disability Rights Movement. The goal of the program is to provide the support our clients need while they strive to achieve total independence. This program provides short and long-term care for adults with disabilities. Housed in a 6-unit apartment complex, this program facilitates the least-restrictive environment while also providing supervision and staff assistance. 

Services Included

  • Case management
  • Nursing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Independent living skills classes
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with meal preparation
  • Medication management

Admission Criteria

  • Residents of our Transitional Living community must meet the following guidelines.
  • Is 18 years of age or older
  • Have a developmental disability (for example, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, autism) or mental health disorder (for example, depression, schizophrenia)
  • Has manageable behavior
  • Does not show the risk of elopement
  • Is able to live in an apartment setting
  • Is able and willing to take medications under the supervision
  • Is willing to follow facility rules
  • Be able to go up and down stairs unassisted (if living in an upstairs apartment

Payment Includes

  • Rent
  • Utilities & Gas
  • Groceries
  • Intercom phone and dayroom phone
  • Use of basic furniture
  • Staff to supervise medication pass
  • Staff assistance in keeping current medical appointments
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Staff assistance in ordering medications
  • Staff assistance in cooking meals
  • Nurse to follow up on medical appointments and check resident when ill
  • Bookkeeping to manage money
  • Staff assistance in completing some tasks such as keeping apartment clean and reminders to complete activities of daily living
  • Routine maintenance
  • Some leisure activities

Payment does not include

  • Day programming
  • Cost of medications
  • Cost of medical appointments or other medical needs
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Personal items

Payments Accepted

  • Private pay only (call for rates)

Discharge from the program will occur if:

  • The consumer becomes medically unstable
  • The consumer’s behavior becomes unmanageable (verbally or physically)
  • The consumer refuses to take medications or treatments
  • The consumer refuses to participate in the program
  • Payments for services are not received in a timely manner each month

The resident/family may be asked for extra payment for the following:

  • If the resident causes damage to the apartment or facility
  • If the resident severely soils the apartment or facility
  • If the resident needs or wants renovations made to the apartment


  • Leigh Dunson: Administrator – Bachelors in Psychology

Mary Lee Foundation – Transitional Living Services
Post Office Box 3174
Austin, Texas 78764

Phone: (512)442-6077
Fax: (512)442-6825

Business hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.