Mental Health Transitional Living
THE MENTAL HEALTH TRANSITIONAL LIVING RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM offered by Oswego County Opportunities Inc., provides residential services to psychiatrically disabled adults. This program is designed to allow adults diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness to live in the community in the least restrictive environment. The program offers 2 levels of residential and rehabilitative assistance to adults who can not live in the community independently.
Certified residential services are available at two levels of supervision, the Supervised Residence Program in Fulton provides 24 hour on-site staffing. The Apartment Treatment Program provides a greater level of independence with consumers receiving two to seven face to face visits from staff weekly according to the individual need with staff also available as needed on an emergency on call basis. Single and double apartments are located in Fulton and Oswego.
In addition, one non-certified program (county contractual services) is also available. A short term Crisis Bed program is available for members of the community in need of short term (7-14 days) crisis support in order to avert an unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization, prevent a lengthy hospitalization and/or provide step down support following hospitalization prior to return to independent living status, or while awaiting alternative community placement.
All MHTL program levels offer services designed to assist individuals in the development of skills necessary for successful reintegration into the community, a return to independent living. Counselors provide rehabilitation services in the areas of symptom and medication management, daily living skills training, substance abuse services, supportive counsel and crisis intervention, as well as assistance in obtaining medical/health services, recreational and social opportunities and referrals employment and educational opportunities. This is a voluntary program, where independence, choice and integration are encouraged.
The philosophy of the Mental Health Transitional Living Program is that a community residence and/or apartment treatment program should assist individuals with the development of skills necessary for the successful reintegration into the community at a pace commensurate with their levels of functioning. The commitment of providing a humane alternative to needless psychiatric hospitalization permeate the mission and philosophy of our program. People with a psychiatric disability can be productive and valued members of society, if given the opportunity.
The Supervised Residence Program-Program Level 1 – This residential program provides 24 hour on-site staffing. The goal of the program is to improve functional abilities to enable movement toward independent living (either alone or with others) in a community based setting.
The Apartment Treatment Program- Program Level 2 – This residential program provides a greater level of independence with consumers receiving two to seven face to face visits from staff weekly according to the individual need, with staff also available as needed on an emergency on call basis. Each service area is intended to assist the client gain the skills necessary to live independently in the community of their choice. The client works with the staff to develop an Individualized Action Plan containing goals and objectives based on need.
Crisis Bed – Program is available for members of the community in need of short term (7-14 days) crisis support in order to avert an unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization, prevent a lengthy hospitalization and/or provide step down support following hospitalization prior to return to independent living status, or while awaiting alternative community placement. The MHTL Crisis Bed is located at the Supervised Residence and is available to community members that meet specified criteria.
Family Care– Family Care is a certified residential program for adults recovering from a mental illness. Family Care provides support and supervision for individuals who need a minimum level of structure and supervision to achieve and/or maintain improved stability with community living. Family Care provides an opportunity to live in a private family home in the community and receive support and guidance of a caring family. Residents are carefully screened and matched with private citizens willing to share their homes to enhance the quality of life for the resident. The staff of Family Care works closely with family care providers to ensure a positive experience for both the resident and the provider. The length of stay in the residential program is voluntary and dependent on the residents’ choice and need.