Adult Community Support Services
Community Support Services (CSS) is a variety of supports and services to help adults who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). This program provides treatment in the community to assist with mental health conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
These services are proven to increase the ability to live independently, develop skills to maintain employment, build social relationships, as well as a sense of community. These services are intended to be convenient for our consumers, so support is offered in the home, as well as in the community.
All of our mental health services are customized to the consumer with a unique individualized treatment plan. The CSS department consists of a number of programs, each specifically designed to support an area of daily living.
Peer Support is a patient-centered service focused on recovery, and designed to help restore the consumer to their previous level of functioning. Services can be one-on-one or in a group setting. The services provided by peer support specialists emphasize communal support and the expansion of skills and strategies necessary for recovery. Services are provided by a specialist who has lived experience and who has completed certified training.
Case management is a medically necessary, one-on-one program. The program provides personalized, recovery-based services to support adults who experience mental health needs or have been diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness. Case management provides services that help individuals achieve recovery and allows them to function independently in the community. Case managers work to build relationships that foster hope, courage and resilience by building on the individual's strengths.
Psychosocial rehabilitation helps people develop the social, emotional and intellectual skills they need in order to live happily with the smallest amount of professional assistance they can manage. Psychosocial rehabilitation uses two strategies for intervention: learning coping skills so that they are more successful handling a stressful environment and developing resources that reduce future stressors.
Supported employment can help people with SPMI participate in the competitive labor market. It helps them find meaningful jobs and provides ongoing support from a team of professionals. Supported employment occurs within the most integrated and competitive settings that provide individuals with SMI opportunities to live, work, and receive services in the community.
Most people with SMI want to work, yet they face significant barriers in finding and keeping jobs, such as:
- A limited number of jobs in communities
- Discrimination against people with mental illnesses
- Limited or compromised executive functioning skills among some consumers that hinder one’s ability to perform and attend work
- Lack of supported employment programs
- Inadequate transportation
With support, they can work in competitive jobs or start their own businesses, enabling them to increase their work activity and earnings over time.
Transitional Living Center
The goal of the Transitional Living Center (TLC) is to create healthy habits that can be carried over into independent living. The TLC program provides a safe, affordable environment where consumers have stable housing, learn independent living skills, and receive assistance with medication compliance.
In 2010, the Iroquois Center opened Oak Haven Plaza. Oak Haven is a two level of apartment complex. Each unit has a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. In addition to that, it also features a safe room / community room, laundry room, communal kitchen, and is near the downtown shopping area. Renters have access to local medical and mental health care facilities.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a model designed to increase access to Social Security disability benefits for individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a disabling mental health condition, a physical disability, or a co-occurring disorder.