Adult Community Support

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Services are community based, intended to meet and assist the person where they’re at.

Adult Community Support (ACS) Services are intended to help those with more severe behavioral health conditions to improve symptoms and support personal goals for recovery. We strive to help individuals overcome challenges presented by mental illness to live their most fulfilling life.

The ACS program includes the following service areas:

A Community Support Specialist (CSS) partners with clients to help with: linkage to community resources; supporting goals related to employment, budgeting and housing; skill development to manage behavioral health symptoms; treatment coordination; and supporting overall health and well-being.

The PSR program, offers daily educational and recreational groups to promote skills to manage and navigate life challenges, understand behavioral health conditions and improve symptoms, and reduce social isolation and promote connection and belonging. Groups are offered multiple times per day most days Monday-Friday, in both virtual and in-person (contingent on health department, CDC, and municipal recommendations during the pandemic).

Our program offers specialized interventions for individuals dealing with chronic medical conditions and/or substance use related issues, co-occurring with severe mental illness. These services incorporate various best practice interventions tailored towards meeting the unique needs of these individuals.

Residential Programs

CMHS offers short- and long-term residential services for adults with the goal of helping each consumer live successfully in the home setting they desire.

New Connections

New Connections acts as an intensive six-month transitional living program that will help the individual stabilize and manage their behavioral health and/or substance use disorder to help prepare individuals to transition to independent living in the community.

Turning Point

A residential care facility for individuals who have struggled with independent living and need more structured/supervised living arrangement while learning independent living skills.

Housing Services

Every individual deserves the dignity of housing that is safe and affordable. CMHS understands that a person’s mental wellness is greatly affected by many factors, one being the comfort of having a place to call “home.”

Housing services assists consumers to:

  • Find safe and affordable housing*
  • Complete applications and background checks
  • Apply for rent and utility assistance
    (subject to availability and assistance qualifications)
  • Prepare and follow a budget to ensure housing stability
  • Navigate interactions with landlords
  • Build the skills needed to successfully live on their own

*Housing resources are intended to focus on assisting individuals to apply for and utilize subsidized housing programs supported by HUD, and other community utility and housing programs/resources.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

The SAMHSA funded PATH program is for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have severe mental health issues. PATH serves as a linkage program to address short term housing issues while helping connect the individual to behavioral health and longer-term housing resources.

Employment Services

Individuals in the Adult Community Support program who are interested in finding competitive employment can participate in the Employment Services program. Following an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, CMHS has established relationships with area employers to help them support employees with behavioral health condition. Consumers identify the type of employment they are interested in, and we then work directly with them to help them find and maintain a job. When an individual can choose the type and place of employment that they want, there is a positive impact on their physical and mental health.

Because worry about benefits loss sometimes keeps people from seeking employment, CMHS offers benefits management counseling to help consumers understand and consider these factors and how income may affect their benefits (EBT, Medicaid, Social Security/Social Security Disability).

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