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  1. Strong Families Healthy HomesIntensive In-Home and Day Programs

  2. Intensive In-Home(formerly known as ICP) • Family Advocate • Home/Community visits • Family goals • Day program • Family Nights • Tier system

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Questions?

  10. Thank you! Mental Health America of Wisconsin 600 West Virginia Street, Suite 502 (414) 276-3122 www.mhawisconsin.org Beth Lappen- beth@mhawisconsin.org