Consumers struggling with mental illness can remain free of long-term psychiatric hospitalization if intensive support is made available in the community setting. Behavioral health support should not be limited to housing support, but also, clinical support, financial assistance and vocational assistance. Psychiatric follow-up should occur on a more frequent basis in order to defer need for long-term hospitalization. Respite settings offer alternative means to restore behavioral health and decrease the need for psychiatric hospitalization.
What Services Are Provided
Housing Support: up to forty (40) hours of supported living assistance, help with housing selection, transportation, merchandising, and attendance at appointments. Services are provided to recipients in varied locations including: personal apartment settings; shared housing arrangements; with family/friends; personal care boarding homes; life sharing (foster family like) arrangements; and Supportive Concepts for Families, Inc. operated residential programs. Clinical Support: monthly psychiatric visits, weekly monitoring of medical and psychiatric needs by a psychiatric nurse, weekly medication supplies, and assistance with appointment scheduling. Twenty-four (24) hour-on-call service to address any emergency issue. Twenty-four (24) hour-on-call service to address any emergency issue. Crisis Intervention: provision of temporary respite to aid in the restoration of behavioral health and deferment of psychiatric hospitalization. Financial Assistance: budgeting services, representative payee sponsorship, apartment furnishings, rent subsidies (up to sixty percent (60%)), and security deposits. Vocational Assistance: Vocational Coordinator assistance to develop resumes, and explore local job/volunteer markets, job placement and follow-up.
CHIPP Forensic Services are available to BH consumers serving prison sentences and designated by Service Access & Management, Inc. or county BH programs as needing community support. These services include: