Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
This multi-disciplinary team serves clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses that have devastating effects on functioning, and, because of the limitations of traditional mental health services, may have gone without appropriate services. Consequently, the client group is often over represented among the homeless and in jails and mental health hospitals, and has been unfairly thought to resist or avoid involvement in treatment. Eighty-five percent or more of the services are provided outside of the program offices in locations that are comfortable and convenient for clients. The team’s caseload is shared by all clinicians on the team, which is comprised of Bachelor’s and Master’s level clinicians, its own medical provider and nurses, and a full-time Peer Counselor.
Assertive Recovery Treatment (ART)
This team provides intensive support to clients who have historically had multiple hospitalizations, are not actively engaging in treatment, and/or need considerable support to remain independent in the community. Using an interactive team approach and frequent client contact, the ART team’s goal is to improve the quality and duration of a client’s tenure in the community and reduce hospital recidivism. The majority of services are delivered by outreach to clients’ homes and in their community.
Staffed Supported Housing
The Adult Outpatient Unit has implemented a Staffed-Supported Housing Program. Agreement has been reached with a local apartment complex owner to lease nine studio apartments for the program. Eight of the units are client-occupied, while the ninth provides office space for around-the-clock staffing. The purpose of the program is to provide community-based housing for our most difficult to place clients. These clients often have too many felonies or too many evictions to meet standards for other housing options. Additionally, a consideration is made for those who have difficulty living with roommates. The program is part of the Community Integration Services Team and consists of 3.6 FTEs.
Supported Employment helps individuals with mental illness find and keep competitive employment. Community-based employment at prevailing wages is the goal, with clients working side-by-side with other workers who are non-disabled. Our two Employment Specialists assist any client who expresses a desire to work. They begin by doing a thorough vocational assessment to help identify strengths, preferences and experience before the job search begins. Support for the client continues even after they have been successful in obtaining a job, and clients may try several jobs before finding one that they consider a good fit. All decisions about work, and the degree of support needed to find and maintain employment, are individualized. The Employment Services team at KMHS relies heavily on community partnerships in moving clients into the job market. Employers benefit by hiring KMHS clients because the employee specialists have worked to make the clients "job ready" and are there to provide support for both the employer and the client should any difficulties arise.
Family Psychological Education
Family Psycho education is offered as part of an overall clinical treatment plan for individuals with mental illness to achieve the best possible outcome through the active involvement of family members in treatment and to alleviate the suffering of family members by supporting them in their efforts to aide the recovery of their loved ones.
Solution Focused Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on shifting one’s attention to the future and the life they would like to prefer to be leading and helps them to identify how to get there. This intervention focuses on solutions rather than problems and is most frequently used with clients needing brief mental health services.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used by KMHS clinicians as a form of psychotherapy which focuses on decreasing symptoms and improving quality of life by changing a person’s thoughts and behaviors. The treatment involves a collaborative agreement on treatment goals which the patient tracks each week, learning and practicing new skills and ways of thinking in the treatment session and practicing via homework assignments throughout the week.
Illness Self Management
Illness Self-management is a broad set of rehabilitation methods, used by KMHS clinicians, aimed at teaching individuals with a mental illness strategies for collaborating actively in their treatment. The goal of this practice is to reduce the risk of relapse, re-hospitalization, reduce the severity and distress related to symptoms, and to help improve social support.