Presentation on theme: "Joseph Woodward Executive Director Presented at NYAPRS 7 th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation April 27, 2011, Albany, NY."— Presentation transcript:
Joseph Woodward Executive Director Presented at NYAPRS 7 th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation April 27, 2011, Albany, NY.
Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. is a not-for-profit supported housing and community support agency developed and operated by and for recipients of mental health services in which operates approximately 400 scattered site apartments in 6 counties in Western New York Welcome Home! Its what we do.
Agency provides services that are peer driven Our board is to be no less than 51% peers Majority of staff are recipients We operate a housing first model Treat people as individuals and not diagnoses Develop services that reflect individuality Respectful treatment and understanding of individual choice Encourage self responsibility and community integration in personal decision making
Supported Housing Peer Advocacy Services Long Term Care Services Mentor/Support for Other Peer Run Agencies Advocacy Training Self-help Support Groups Community Empowerment Friendship Line Benefit Advisement and trainings Family and Parenting Support/Linkage 4
Supportive Housing Program for Individuals/Families Housing stability Community and school stability Creating meaning and purpose in life Motivating for recovery/wellness Improving self-esteem Providing opportunities for love and support Helping individual and families to feel connected to others and integrated into the community Creating natural support opportunities through the activities of other family members Providing a valued social and family role Assisting with educational/vocational and employment opportunities
We work with individuals and families in overcoming barriers: Avoiding treatment because of fear of loss of custody Having increased symptoms during pregnancy Having disrupted sleep because of child care and feeding schedules Dealing with the stresses of parenting Dealing with limitations of financial, housing, work, and social opportunities Facing the potential trauma of loosing child custody Facing prejudice and stigma because they are parents with mental illness Parent needing to be hospitalized Supporting and providing referrals for separation, divorce, domestic violence 6
Services offered to families in addition to what we offer everyone: Being role models of successful parents with mental illness Peer sharing Informing of state laws regarding custody and abuse Modeling parenting skills Connecting with appropriate and needed parenting and child services Assisting with referrals regarding pregnancy care Helping with family reunification 7
Outcomes Reduced stigma Community integration Productive roles Reduced crisises Housing stability Financial stability Educational stability Cost savings Increased social support Improved social functioning Improved self-esteem and empowerment Increased family stability Strengthened self advocacy 8
Since 2002 our recipients have reported: 90% have less need for crisis intervention 99% have found their housing stability has improved 96% that their ability to live more independently has improved 94% indicate improvement in daily living skills 90% have reported an improvement in social and personal relationships * Please see our website for additional information 9
2 transitional apartments in Erie County Training program within the RPC and BPC Psychiatric Hospitals and facilities Community self-help groups Apartments stay open for 90 days if clients needs re- hospitalization or because of other issues Client choose the apartment of their choice within the community that is supportive to their recovery efforts. BPC – 9 clients have been in the program 2 years or more. 21 clients have been in the program 1 year or more. (30) 15 clients have been in the program 6 months or more. (45) 4 clients have been in the program 3 months or more. (49) Staff see them on a ongoing basis and they receive the benefits that all our agency clients receive. 10
61 referrals, only 1 denial (3 others where not ready or turned down the program) 60 admissions for the 2+ year program 42 in program 18 discharges – 30% 4 were in the program less than 6 months-22% 14 in program more than 6 months-78% 10 re-hospitalizations and 1 returned to our program, 17% 2-arrested 2 in school 5 volunteering and/or working 2 deaths
5 clients have been in the program 1 year or more 14 clients have been in the program 6 months or more (19) 6 clients have been in the program 3 months or more (25) 32 referrals, NO denials 32 admissions 25 currently in the program 7 discharges-22% 6 re-hospialized-19% 8 volunteering and/or working 1 death 12
Approximate Psychiatric hospitalization Cost: RPC- approximately $225,000 per year or $ a day BPC- approximately $207,000 per year or $ a day Approximate cost savings or cost realizations: BPC program- $9,759,000 RPC program-$3,030,500 Total: $12,789,500 This is an approximate number I have gotten from NYSOMH and does not include soft costs like ICM, CM and ACT services which in many cases are no longer needed. Our cost: approximately: $8, annually or $23.00 a day, which includes: security deposit, first months rent, ongoing peer services, start-up furniture and household items, bus pass, and client would pay 30% of their income towards their rent and we would pay the difference. Other miscellaneous costs: utilities, food, moves, pest spraying and damage as examples.
Reasons for our Success Consumer choice Training programs and relations that have been developed Partnerships we have made with the psychiatric centers Transitional apartments and the type they are! Person centered and integrated community services and supports Peer role modeling Trainings for the traditional staff Benefits in place Fear taken away Community integration Good follow-up Realistic goals for the individuals Person centered discharge goals Client satisfaction
Housing Options Made Easy, Inc. 75 Jamestown Street Gowanda, New York Phone or Best Practice in Supportive Housing for Families Author: Nancy J. Wewiorski