Community Support Services
Community Support Services are available to consumers with a chronic and persistent mental illness who live independently, or wish to live independently, and who are at risk of hospitalization. Consumers involved with Community Support Services create unique personalized Individualized Rehabilitation Plans.
Services are provided through an individualized skills teaching approach, designed and developed to teach any interested consumer new skills to insure living in the most independent setting available, and addressing any emergent issues to insure their self- care.
A Community Support Specialist assists with a variety of tasks including:
- Learning and performing activities of daily living (i.e. hygiene, money management, budgeting, laundry, grocery shopping)
- Assistance trying to locate housing or shelter
- Support and advocacy
- Assistance with public entitlements (i.e. Social Security, Medicaid)
- Family intervention
- Support and education
- Education on psychiatric diagnosis and treatment options
- Skill building in natural settings
- Assistance linking to or accessing community resources
- Medication monitoring
- Training and linkage to other services like vocational, counseling, skill building groups and psychiatric services