COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES

The philosophy underlying the provision of Community Support Services is that consumers with a chronic mental illness can live in the community with the proper treatment and support; that planned rehabilitation activities can enable these persons to regain or attain higher levels of functioning; and that consumers with chronic mental illness have the right to participate in the planning and provision of needed and desired services.

SERVICES OFFERED BY THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM

Service Coodination

The consumer is assisted in finding, accessing and maintaining other services in the community such as medications, nursing, psychiatry, therapy, conservatorship or payee.

Basic Needs

The specialist assists the consumer in meeting his/her need for food, clothing, shelter, personal safety, income, general medical and dental care.

Protection and Advocacy

The specialist assists the consumer in upholding his/her legal and human rights in the community and refers to Legal Services or Iowa Protection and Advocacy.

Natural Support Systems

Various community support groups are available to help consumers integrate into the community.

Housing

The consumer is assisted in finding decent affordable housing, with assistance in filling out City Housing forms.

Support and Assistance

Support, education and consultation are provided to families of consumers and others in the community who come in frequent contact with the consumer.

Social Rehabilitation

Focuses on helping the consumer gain or regain the practical skills needed to live and socialize in the community.

Crisis Intervention

Each consumer in the program has a crisis assistance plan which lists phone numbers he/she can call for assistance 24 hours each day.

Mental Health Treatment

Consumers are assisted in accessing both outpatient and inpatient mental health services.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES?

Adult individuals who have a diagnosis of a chronic mental illness and have a documentable need for the services may be eligible.

HOW ARE THE SERVICES DELIVERED?

Each consumer has a Community Support Specialist assigned to him/her who facilitates the delivery of services for as long as needed to gain independence and stability in life situations.

HOW CAN I MAKE A REFERRAL FOR SERVICES?

Call Siouxland Mental Health Center’s Community Support Services and as for the Director of Community Services.

HOW ARE CONSUMERS MADE AWARE OF THE PROGRAM?

Community Support Specialists educate other agencies in the community about the program in an effort to reach potential consumers.