We emphasize the importance of a person’s ability to understand, accept, anticipate and manage the symptoms of his or her psychiatric illness. This is demonstrated, in part, by the decreased frequency and length of hospitalizations and/or crisis events. As illness management skills increase, the client is able to focus on the rehabilitation/recovery activities that support increased independence and reintegration into the broader community. The ability to know one’s strengths and vulnerabilities, coupled with the acquisition of skills to cope and grow in the community, are key components to a person’s successful graduation from our program.
When this occurs, our expectation is that the person will have a healthy living situation, a structured day plan (employment, education, or volunteer work), and supportive outpatient treatment along with the access to the transportation and financial resources necessary to sustain these activities. Our services, therefore, emphasize the acquisition of the information, skills, and supports needed to locate and use community resources. From the onset of our work with a person, we focus on building a natural bridge to local community resources, employers, apartment complexes, welfare and social security offices, as well as cultivating formal and informal support networks.
We are committed to helping the graduate successfully integrate into his/her home community (and referring county) while retaining a viable membership in the broader Project Transition community if possible.
Below are our 13 key Outcomes based on Medical, Clinical, and Recovery-based Measures:
- Continuity of engagement in the Community
- Capably able to self-manage medications
- Participation in productive or meaningful activity
- Maintenance of financial support eligibility
- Effective management of personal health and wellness
- Enjoyment of personal relationships and community of support
- Self-managed recovery through engagement with planned Recovery supports
- Self-managed and sustained sobriety
- Effective management of personal financial matters
- Successful use and maintenance of transportation resources
- Effective management of home safety and maintenance
- Effective use of technology
- Successful Graduations
Potential for Success
Through sustained contact with and support of graduates, Project Transition is able to know where and how our Members are living and what successes/challenges they are experiencing. Project Transition’s Follow-up Contact Plan includes weekly contact for the first month and monthly contact and Outcomes Assessments for the first year after graduation. This contact provides both relationship support to the Member and access to Outcomes data that informs the work of Project Transition.