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1 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR visionmissionprograms services people contact Dear Friends, Thank you for visiting us today. Look around our site. Talk to our people. See why Alabama’s Office of Deaf Services is one of the most exciting programs in the country. We are committed to developing services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing that are culturally and linguistically affirmative. We want all Alabamians with hearing loss to have access to mental health services that meets their needs. Whether you need help or are looking for a career, we can help. Director, Office of Deaf Services Click on the pictures to find out about our programs

2 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR vision All Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Alabamians With Mental Illness Will Have Culturally And Linguistically Appropriate Services visionmissionprograms services people contact HOME Click on the pictures to find out about our programs Among the one in 5 Alabamians who will need mental health services in their lifetimes are more than 39,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing. People who are deaf or hard of hearing have difficulty finding services that are linguistically accessible to them. When they do find services where someone “signs,” often those services do not take into account the special cultural considerations that often make the difference between successful treatment and relapse and recidivism. Our programs will be designed by people who are deaf to not only be linguistically accessible but also culturally affirmative, giving the consumer every opportunity to make progress to recovery.

3 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Mission Values consumer focused  consumer focused  culturally affirmative  statewide access  development of people  quality services  teamwork visionMissionprograms services people contact HOME Click on the pictures to find out about our programs The mission of the Office of Deaf Services of the Alabama Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation is to advocate for and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing individuals. Our goal is to provide recovery-based services that support consumers in their efforts to live independently, while respecting their individual choices.

4 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR programs bailey acute deaf in-patient unitbailey acute deaf in-patient unit regional officesregional offices group homesgroup homes mental health interpreter trainingmental health interpreter training standards and program developmentstandards and program development visual-gestural communicationsvisual-gestural communications visionmissionprograms services people contact HOME Click on the pictures to find out about our programs Click on any bullet for more information

5 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR services acute psychiatric careacute psychiatric care supported livingsupported living out-patient servicesout-patient services videoconferencingvideoconferencing training for clinicianstraining for clinicians technical assistance and consultationtechnical assistance and consultation community educationcommunity education visionmissionprograms services people contact HOME Click on the pictures to find out about our programs Click on any bullet for more information

6 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR people Office of Deaf Service, Central OfficeOffice of Deaf Service, Central Office Steve Hamerdinger, ODS Director Charlene Crump, MHI Coordinator Bailey Deaf In-Patient GreilBailey Deaf In-Patient Greil Dr. Frances Ralston, Unit Director Brian McKenny, Interpreter, Bailey Unit Region I, Northern AlabamaRegion I, Northern Alabama Scott Staubach, Regional Coordinator Dawn Marren, Region I Interpreter Region II, Central AlabamaRegion II, Central Alabama Shannon Reese, Region II Coordinator Region II Interpreter (TBA) Region III, Southeast AlabamaRegion III, Southeast Alabama Liz Hill, Region III Coordinator, Region III Interpreter (TBA) Region IV, Southwest AlabamaRegion IV, Southwest Alabama Ben Hollingsworth Region IV Coordinator Region IV Interpreter (TBA visionmissionprograms services people contact HOME Click on the pictures to find out about our programs ODS Regions Region I Region II Region III Region IV

7 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR The Office of Deaf Services has four regional offices to better serve people with mental illness and hearing loss. This system allows our staff to be closer to our consumers and to be more involved in the local communities. Click on the regions for more information. ODS Regions Region I Region II Region III Region IV BACK Click on any bullet for more information Regional Offices

8 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR For more information contact: Steve Hamerdinger, Director Office of Deaf Services Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation 100 North Union Street Montgomery, AL (334) (voice) (334) (tty) contact vision missionprograms services people contact HOME Click on the pictures to find out about our programs

9 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services Central Office The Office of Deaf Services is a unit of the Division of Mental Illness and is housed in the Central Offices of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in Montgomery. This office oversees the delivery of culturally and linguistically affirmative services to deaf and hard of hearing Alabamians who have mental illness. BACK Steve Hamerdinger is the Director of Deaf Services, and has overall responsibility for ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing people Have appropriate mental health services. Charlene Crump is the Mental Health Interpreter Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring quality interpretive services.

10 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Calhoun, Cherokee, Calhoun, Cleburne, Colbert, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan counties. Contact: 4040 South Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, AL (256) (voice) (256) (tty) Region I, Northern Alabama Mental Health Center of Madison County BACK Scott Staubach, MA, LPC Regional Coordinator

11 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Calhoun, Cherokee, Calhoun, Cleburne, Colbert, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan counties. Contact: 4040 South Memorial Pkwy Huntsville, AL (256) (voice) (256) (tty) Region I, Northern Alabama Mental Health Center of Madison County BACK Scott Staubach, MA, LPC Regional Coordinator

12 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Blount, Chilton, Choctaw, Cullman, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Walker, and Winston counties. Contact: 956 Montclair Road Suite 108 Birmingham AL, (205) (Voice) (205) (TTY) Region II, Central Alabama J-B-S Mental Health Authority BACK Shannon Reese, MA, NCC Regional Coordinator

13 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Blount, Chilton, Choctaw, Cullman, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Walker, and Winston counties. Contact: 956 Montclair Road Suite 108 Birmingham AL, (205) (Voice) (205) (TTY) Region II, Central Alabama J-B-S Mental Health Authority BACK Shannon Reese, MA, NCC Regional Coordinator

14 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox counties. Contact: 101 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, AL (334) (voice) Region III, Southeast Region Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority BACK Liz Hill, MA Regional Coordinator

15 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox counties. Contact: 101 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, AL (334) (voice) Region III, Southeast Region Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority BACK Liz Hill, MA Regional Coordinator

16 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties. Contact: Mobile Mental Health 5750-A Southland Drive Mobile, AL (251) (voice) Region IV, Southwest Region Mobile Mental Health Center BACK Ben Hollingsworth, MS, CRC Regional Coordinator

17 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Serving Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties. Contact: Mobile Mental Health 5750-A Southland Drive Mobile, AL (251) (voice) Region IV, Southwest Region Mobile Mental Health Center BACK Ben Hollingsworth, MS, CRC Regional Coordinator

18 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR The Bailey Unit will be opening in the Winter of 2005 and there are numerous career opportunities. These include: Social Worker Nurses Psychological Assistant Communication Specialist Mental Health Technicians Recreational Specialist Contact Personnel: Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital 2140 Upper Wetumpka Rd Montgomery, Al (334) ext 232 or 231(voice) Bailey Deaf In-Patient Unit Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital, Montgomery BACK Frances Ralston, Ph.D Unit Director

19 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Bailey Deaf In-Patient Unit Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital, Montgomery BACK The Bailey Deaf Unit, located in Montgomery, will be a culturally affirmative treatment option for people with mental illness and or chemical dependency. Opening in early 2005, this unit will provide caring sensitive treatment for deaf or hard of hearing individuals in need of acute psychiatric services. It will have 10 beds, with two beds designated as statewide crisis beds. It will be designed to be a culturally affirmative Deaf Program unit with signing staff who are trained to work with people who are mentally ill and deaf. This program will be a leader in providing culturally affirmative services.

20 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Acute Psychiatric Care BACK The heart of Alabama’s acute psychiatric care for people who are deaf will be the Bailey Deaf In-Patient Unit in Montgomery. People in crisis and in need of short term help can come find it here. Additionally, our network of video- conference locations means that a signing therapist is just minutes away

21 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Outpatient Services BACK The Regional Centers of the Office of Deaf Services provides community based programming for people with hearing loss who also have mental illness. Each center has a coordinator and at least one signing therapist. The Regional approach makes sure that services are appropriate for people in that area.

22 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Supported Living BACK Modern treatment approaches and improved medication make it possible for most people with mental illness to live in the community. Many people who are deaf, however, have missed out on services that teach independent living. For these consumer, the Office of Deaf Services has a network of supported living options, allowing each person to live with the degree of independence he or she wants.

23 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Training for Clinicians BACK A vital part of the work of the Office of Deaf Services is providing training for hearing clinicians who may encounter deaf or hard of hearing consumers. These clinicians are sometimes the first point of contact and are an important part of the overall service delivery system. Training includes: Deafness and Deaf Culture; Program standards and best practices; Effective therapeutic approaches; Screening for hearing loss; Working with interpreters; And many other topics.

24 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Technical Assistance and Consultation BACK Because of their expertise, staff members of the Office of Deaf Services are often asked to provide technical assistance to other state agencies in Alabama and around the country. Deaf Services staff are in demand as workshop and conference speakers.

25 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Community Education BACK The stigma of mental illness is just as pervasive in the Deaf Community as in the general population. To help people who are deaf or hard of hearing understand mental illness better, Community education is an important part of what we do

26 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Mental Health Interpreter Training Interpreter Standards BACK Alabama has passed the nation’s first standards for mental health interpreting, defining skills and knowledge needed to be effective in this vital area. The Office of Deaf Services has established special training for interpreters to help them meet these standards. This training leads to a special certification as a mental health interpreter. To be a Qualified Mental Health Interpreter a person must take the course of training, do a supervised practicum and pass a comprehensive examination.

27 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Visual-Gestural Communication Deaf Relay Interpreting BACK Many deaf people with mental illness are dysfluent in any language. Growing up in a linguistically deprived environment, without the chance to develop either English or American Sign Language skills, they often learn to communicate with gestures and “home-made” signs. This presents a tremendous challenge for clinicians. Visual-Gestural Communication specialist are people who are deaf and have special ability to communicate with those with poor language skills. The Office of Deaf Services works closely with the Deaf Community to help train those with this valuable skill.

28 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Group Homes BACK Specialized group homes for deaf people with mental illness provide an important step between in- patient care and independent living. In these homes, consumer can learn important coping skills and be in an environment where everyone can sign It’s a vial part of the recovery process. Currently the Office of Deaf Services has 2 homes open with more coming soon.

29 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Statewide Services connecting through videoconferencing BACK Alabama’s goal is to make culturally affirmative services available to every deaf or hard of hearing Alabamian with mental illness. To this in our heavily rural state requires innovative approaches. That’s why we are putting videoconference capability in each mental health center. Help is available anywhere, any time.

30 ADMHMR Office of Deaf Services ADMHMR Program Standards And Development BACK To assure quality service the Office of Deaf Services has worked with Policy and Planning to develop program standards which address how mental health services to people who are deaf will be delivered. The Office also researches best practices and works on program design


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