Mental Health (MH) Program

MH1The Mental health program consists of four levels of housing with varying staff supports. Our Treatment Congregate program and Dually Diagnosed programs offer the people we serve 24 hours a day staffing. A higher staffing ratio is provided in the Dually Diagnosed program as it is expected that the participants, having a secondary diagnosis of mental retardation, will require intensive care and rehabilitation intervention.

The participants live with 8-9 other people. Support, training and assistance in activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, money management, medication management, use of community services, and independent living skills are provided by trained staff. Rent includes food, furnishings, maintenance and repairs, as well as other incidental expenses.

In our Treatment Apartment program the participants are independent in many areas of daily living but may continue to require minimal support and supervision. Trained staff make daily visits to the sites seven days per week and are available 24 hours a day via a beeper for emergencies. People in this program live with two other individuals.

MH2For the above noted programs, all participants are expected to complete a minimum of 20 hours a week in some form of structured setting such as continuing day treatment, vocational training, supported employment, and/or schooling. All medical and psychiatric services are provided on an outpatient basis by local providers.

Each participant is involved in creating their own Individual Service Plan with the assistance of the interdisciplinary team to help them achieve their own goals and address any areas of need to aid them in increasing their level of independence. This plan and the participants’ progress and needs are reviewed monthly by the team and quarterly with the participants. The emphasis in these programs is to have the participants gain skills to aid them in functioning in their daily life and move toward more independent living.

The Mental health program also has Supported Housing. Unlike the previously discussed programs, these sites are not licensed by the Office of Mental Health. The participants of this program live with two others and are self-sufficient for the most party but may receive guidance/assistance to access necessary services. Services may include securing alternative permanent housing, case management, mental health rehabilitation, respite, social opportunities, medical and employment supports. The sites are furnished and general utilities are included in the rent. Rent is calculated at 30% of the participants income for the month.