Evidence Based Practice – Supported Employment
Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is an approach to supported employment based on the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center model that supports people with severe mental illness in their efforts to achieve steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. It is centered on the principle that competitive employment is not only attainable for people with mental illness but in many cases can be part of their recovery process. For this reason, clients are not excluded on the basis of readiness, diagnoses, symptoms, substance use history, psychiatric hospitalizations, level of disability, or legal system involvement. In addition, the EBP program is closely integrated with the various members of a client’s mental health treatment team, i.e. therapist, psychiatrist, case managers, etc., to ensure continuity of service. And unlike some other supported employment programs, follow-along supports are continued for as long as the client wants and needs the support. Humanim is the recipient of the Johnson and Johnson-Dartmouth Achievement Award recognizing our EBP Program.
Residential Rehabilitation Program
Funded by Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid), the Residential Rehabilitation Program provides housing, case management, and psychiatric rehabilitation (independent living skills teaching) to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness. Our residents come from homeless shelters, local psychiatric hospitals, and state psychiatric institutions. For some people this is their first experience living outside of a psychiatric institution. The program houses up to 68 adults with varying levels of support, based on the individual’s needs. Each of our 25 townhomes or apartments has 3 to 4 residents, offering them their own private bedroom, and fully furnished shared living spaces. Each home is assigned specially-trained Rehabilitation Counselors who are there to support the individual in their recovery, and teach independent living skills. Depending upon the level of service needed, these counselors can be on site 24 hours a day or as little as a few times a week. In addition, each resident is assigned to a Rehabilitation Manager who is responsible for guiding the residents through the rehabilitation process, assisting them with developing, and reaching their goals of independence. The program takes a recovery-focused, person-centered approach to helping individuals reach their full potential living independently in the community.
Transition Aged Youth Program
The Transition Aged Youth Program is a specialized program designed for young-adults (18-25) who are struggling with mental illness. The program provides housing and specialized supports to help the young adult transition from their parent’s home, foster care, or a residential treatment center into the community. The program emphasizes building self-reliance, problem-solving skills, educational and vocational development. The program is comprised of 4 townhomes or apartments and houses 3 residents each. Each house is staffed with a Rehabilitation Counselor, who provides supervision and life skills teaching to the resident’s every day. The program is overseen by the Transition Coordinator, who is responsible for the case management and over all transition plans for each of the 12 residents. The program is funded by Medicaid and a grant provided through the Howard County Core Service Agency.
Supported Living Program
The Supported Living Program provides case management and psychiatric rehabilitation to adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness who are living in their own homes in the community. This program uses a recovery-focused, person-centered approach to assist the individual in all of the facets of independent living. This may include medication management, budgeting and financial management, entitlements counseling, and assistance with scheduling and attending necessary appointments, etc. The goal of the program is to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the individual remains as independent as possible in their own home or with their family. This program accepts Maryland Medical Assistance or self-pay.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Day Program
Similar to high school or college, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Day Programs allows adults with chronic, severe, and persistent mental illness to choose from various classes design to teach independent living skills and to integrate the individual into the community. The classes offered focus on various areas such as Life Skills (Money Management, Cooking Skills, Conflict Management, etc), Vocational Skills (Interviewing Skills, On the Job Communication Skills, etc), Illness Management (Coping Skills, Stress Management, Symptom Awareness, Barriers to Recovery, etc), and Pre-Education (GED Prep, Study Skills, Reading and Math Skills, etc). The goal of the program is to teach the skills necessary to allow the person to integrate successfully into the community. This program accepts Maryland Medical Assistance, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration funding, or self-pay.
Healthy Transitions Program
Healthy Transitions works with emerging adults with serious mental health conditions between the ages of 16 and 25 as they move into the adult life of their choosing. The program provides youth-driven, strengths-based, non-stigmatizing, and developmentally appropriate services that help young adults manage mental health symptoms that limit their ability to transition into adult roles. We also aim to raise community awareness about their needs, signs, and symptoms of their mental illness and how the public can support them. Our team of Transition Facilitators fosters independence in emerging adults by improving quality of life in major life domains: decreasing symptoms of mental illness, increasing employment and educational success, fostering family and peer relationships, providing and developing age appropriate housing options, and teaching essential independent living skills.
HT services are informed by several evidence-based practices (EBP’s) to assist youth in a successful transition to adulthood. The EBP’s provide support in applying to and staying in school, finding and keeping a job, working with family members to manage and decrease mental health symptoms, and coordinate services for youth when other systems have not met their needs. The Healthy Transitions Program includes the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Residential Rehabilitation Program (RRP) which provides more intensive, 24/7, supports for the young adults as they become independent. Healthy Transitions Participants outside of the TAY program receive services in the community as they transition into their healthy adult lives.