Two years ago, Transition House, TH, faced a significant funding deficit. ODMHSAS (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) raised TH’s funding cap and the budget was balanced. Since that time:
TH has increased the number of people served by 59% - serving 92 people in FY’14 to 146 in FY’16
Overall cost per unit of service decreased from $70/unit to $58/unit. This was significant growth during a time when we were re-establishing our clinical team. As the number of people served increased, our cost per unit of service decreased. A reminder that when adequate funding is provided, staff can focus their time and energy on training, service delivery and program development.
The following numbers reflect the average percentage of clients who had improvements/maintenance in:
Mental Illness Management: 77% | Social/Recreational Skills: 78% | Work Related Skills: 81% | Community Living Skills: 81%.
Staff members received a salary increase at the beginning of FY’16.
Additional training opportunities were provided to the staff since the TH training budget was increased.
Clinical staff participated in more routine consultation from their supervisor, plus received bi-weekly consultation with our COCMHC consultant.
Board members and community volunteers took a more active role in fund raising efforts. This allowed staff to focus more clinical work and program development.
As a team, we worked together to hold each other more accountable to the agency’s culture.
Staff achievements were recognized and celebrated
TH FY’17 Goals:
Update TH policies & procedures
Complete & publish the TH book - “road to recovery”
Continue development of the professionalism and serenity of TH
Continue advances of TH clinical practices
Advance intentional practices related to staff self-care and recognition
Advance intentional practices to strengthen the TH team
Secure resources to ensure basic client needs are met
As the President of the
Board of Transition House I have seen first hand how quality mental health care
can positively impact those struggling with serious mental illness and the
larger community. The staff at Transition House are highly qualified and
dedicated individuals that tirelessly support the needs of TH clients and our
community. The TH board and staff daily face the challenges of securing
funding for services and the struggle against stigma with determination and
perseverance. I am very proud to be part of an organization that
provides quality care and services to members of our community who are often
underserved and overlooked.
Transitional Living Program (TLP)
This program of supervised apartment living promotes:
•the development of daily living
•socialization and recreational
•pre-vocational and vocational
•provides support during
Go to www.thouse.org,
then click on the Programs page. For
more, visit TLP details
Client Handbook and/or call 405-360-7926.
To apply to the TLP, complete the TLP
Clients Served: Annual average = 34 clients
are screened by staff prior to acceptance into the Transitional Living Program
(TLP). If you would like to make a referral, or be considered for this program,
complete the “TLP Application” packet forms and submit your completed documents
to TH’s Clinical Director.
Individualized Recovery Plans, Routine and
Crisis Related Staff Support, Referrals, Resources, and Advocacy.
Weekly Recovery Coordinator meetings provide
educational opportunities and support in developing life skills, managing
environment, and decision making, as well as provide assistance in
understanding and managing mental illness and recovery.
Daily groups and activities provide
opportunities for support and education.
Housing provides space for three clients to live
in one of four apartments while in the program.
on-going socialization/recreational opportunities
crisis intervention for mental health clients
Services are provided through two program components:
Clients Served: Annual average = 105 clients
Focus: Emphasis is on diverse opportunities for
socialization and support to help reduce the problems of isolation commonly
associated with mental illness relapse.
Drop-In Services: As
schedules allow, staff meets with clients who call or stop by the office. No
appointments are needed. Transition House, Inc., provides use of phones, fax,
copier, pc, and other services free to clients. Clients may receive referrals,
resources, and advocacy to help meet their ongoing needs.
The work being done through the programs of Transition House is unique and powerful. Historically, people come to TH typically at extremely low points in their life as they are coming to terms with their desire to seek recovery from their serious mental illness. The opportunities provided through the Transitional Living and Community Outreach Programs give hope, opportunity and support for people moving from a place of hopelessness to a place of personal empowerment, wellness and joy. Through individualized recovery plans, weekly meetings that provide support, advocacy and accountability, daily groups that focus on essential life skills development, and fun activities that enhance connectedness and inspire a desire to advance wellness – clients find that recovery from mental illness is possible. Even more, clients have been able to improve their personal wellness, serenity and joy.
After facing and overcoming financial challenges, TH turned the lessons learned into opportunities for development. Empowered and inspired by the lessons learned in working with clients combined with information from Dr. Brene Brown and others, TH realized that we could expand services to reach out to community members and university students to provide opportunities for improved wellness, life balance and prevention through a new pilot project – the TH Wellness Project. Still in its very early stages of development, TH has partnered with an OU professor from the Human Relations Department to offer a series of interactive discussions – one series for students, the other for community members. Through a special opportunity, students can get class credit for participating in the Wellness Project for a full semester. The Project vision is to empower personal well-being, improve mental wellness and increase life joy. Participants are invited to engage in interactive discussions, education, and activities that promote personal well-being while empowering coping skills and mental wellness. Other new initiatives inspired by our wellness classes include the Gifts of Hope Project and Transitionisms. Recognizing that joy is connected with gratitude, TH has invited clients to explore their creativity as a tool in their healing – and share gifts that are created through this process with people who support their recovery. Transitionisms are a collection of thoughts, affirmations and words of hope from the People of TH. These are shared through the TH website and social media in an effort to expand the reach of helping those seeking improved life joy and wellness.
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