The Agency I Am Doing My Practicum Hours At Is A Nonprofit

1208 WordsFeb 20, 20175 Pages
The agency I am doing my practicum hours at is a nonprofit mental health agency that serves over 800 adults with mental illness across 28 locations in the Portland Metro Area. Their comprehensive support system includes outpatient clinics, group homes, semi-independent housing, homeless outreach, and peer-delivered programs. I focus on the care of adults, age 18 and over, with serious mental illness, such as Psychotic disorders & Mood disorders in one of the residential settings. Within the home, we are currently serving 17 individuals, who are receiving independent case-management dependent upon individual needs, interrelated with the challenges prevalent in those with mental illness including co-occurring substance abuse and…show more content…
Trauma informed care is also used because traumatic stress is widely experienced by those with mental illness. Trauma awareness helps clients build resiliency in an environment that is safe and welcoming to all. Peer Delivered Services are also provided because sometimes the most valuable supports are provided by someone who has been there. Peers help navigate recovery through the perspective of shared experience. Luke-Dorf has two fully peer-driven programs and employs peer counselors at most sites. Lastly Luke-Dorf believes in integrated care, coordinating primary and preventive care. Providing many health and wellness services, such as smoking cessation and an in-house Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle (HEAL) program. Ultimately, our vision as a mental health program is to embrace diverse populations and diverse practices to develop a high quality, fully integrated system of service and support that responds to the needs of those affected by mental illness in our community. At Safe Haven, which is my facility, there are 13 males and 4 females. Each one of my residents is diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, and over half of them also have bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or major depression/anxiety disorders. 65% of the residents have
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