Intensive In-Home(formerly known as ICP) • Family Advocate • Home/Community visits • Family goals • Day program • Family Nights • Tier system
Day Program • Staffed by Peer Specialists • Safe and comfortable environment • Weekly groups and classes • Serves families on the waiting list and graduates of the in-home program • Connections to community resources • Food, child care and bus tickets
Groups and Classes 1. Wellness Recovery • 8 Weeks • Focus: Recovery from Mental Illness • General understanding of diagnoses and treatments • Knowledge of illness, symptoms and response to treatment • 2. Freedom Self Advocacy • - 6 weeks • - Focuses on improving self sufficiency and building skills for self-advocacy • 3. Parent Support Group • -every week • -provides forum for discussion on current • issues in the homes and community • -facilitated by Peer Specialist
Groups and Classes, cont’d. 3. Parenting • 9 weeks • Bavolek’s Nurturing Parenting Program • Mental Health supplements • Focusing on… • How mental illness affects parenting • Nurturing and bonding qualities of parents 4. Other groups/classes: -Misc workshops -Nutrition -Healthy Relationships -Anger/Stress Management
History of Strong Families Healthy Homes • Need: 60-75% of parents with a mental illness will lose custody of their children at one time • ICP implemented in 2001 by MHA-W • Targeting the needs of the entire family when a parent has a mental illness • SFRC was opened in 2005
Objectives for Parents: • Empower and assist them in meeting the needs of their child(ren). • Increase the likelihood of a safe and nurturing environment for their children. • Improve the mental well-being of the parent. • Enhance their ability to seek support and linkages in the community so that they can manage and function in the community with their children.
Objectives for the Children: • Increase protective factors. • Provide a safe, understanding environment. • Improve coping strategies. • Reduce the risk of mental illness in the child as an adolescent or adult.
Thank you! Mental Health America of Wisconsin 600 West Virginia Street, Suite 502 (414) 276-3122 www.mhawisconsin.org Beth Lappen- email@example.com