Through our specifically trained Community Support Workers, the participants are given access to treatment and support throughout the community.
As each participant is different, the Community Support team tailors the treatment/support around the person’s needs, risk, strengths and challenges.
The main goals of this program is to help the participant use his/her strengths to:
- Manage his/her at-risk or high risk behaviour
- Overcome challenges
- Learn how to meet his/her needs
These are some of the things the Community Support team does:
- Advocacy with legal issues (e.g., visits in custody, letter writing to courts, attending court, finding and securing a lawyer, interpreting probation and bail orders and conditions, attending probation meetings, etc.)
- Advocacy with employment (e.g. finding and assisting participant in preparing for a job interview, discussing needs to be successful with employers, etc.)
- Advocacy with apartments or living arrangements (e.g. finding and assisting a participant with applying for an apartment, negotiating rental agreements and completing and submitting proper documents for Employment and Income Assistance payments, educating landlords about vulnerable people and their challenges)
- Meal planning, preparation, and grocery shopping
- Money management assistance (e.g. budgeting, banking, bill payment, etc.)
- Assistance in booking appointments for general health care and assistance in attending appointments
- Prompting and guidance with personal presentation and hygiene
- Prompting and assistance with personal health and wellness
- Assist with transitions from institutions (e.g., incarceration, hospitalization) to community living.
- Provide access to appropriate and healthy recreation and leisure options. Supported access to such socially based, healthy recreational and leisure activities also assists the participant in developing appropriate and healthy peer relationships. The support worker will also be instrumental in promoting positive relationship building with other appropriate peers (when appropriate) as well as accessing community options appropriate for individuals experiencing intellectual challenge/mental illness.
- Provide the participant with assistance in accessing appropriate community medical and mental health resources. In particular, supports will focus on accessing or maintaining a connection to a psychiatrist in hopes of providing the participant with ongoing medical attention.
First and foremost, the Community Support team’s goal is to engage the participant in such a person-centered manner that allows for healthy, secure and trusting relationships to develop.
A secure, trusting relationship is critically important when helping these participants engage in a process of change, of “turning over a new leaf.”