Choices 2010 Q2

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Choices Demographics

2010

FY 09/10 Quarter 2 - Demographics

CHOICES predominantly services the Adult population.

There is usually a fairly even split between the number of male and female consumers in the program. There are currently two transgender individuals enrolled in the CHOICES program.

While the population is mainly composed of the Caucasian population, CHOICES possess the ability to service many different ethnicities and to cater to their individual needs, including but not limited to the Spanish speaking community, as well as the Vietnamese speaking community. In addition, we continue to practice culturally competent services by engaging and learning from consumers themselves, as well as attending related trainings and continuing education.

The Personal Service Coordinators work in collaboration with the Housing Specialist to find appropriate housing situations for the consumers. We strive to assist consumers with obtaining the best housing situation possible in accordance with their stage of recovery and need. Ideally, the staff work with consumers to reduce emergency housing such as motels and to place them in more stable housing and/or provide options that will eventually lead to independent housing such as room and boards, sober livings or their own apartments. The staff provide as many options as possible and encourage choice and self-determination when placing consumers in housing. The "Other" category in the graph represents consumers who were incarcerated in hospitals, homeless, or whose whereabouts were unknown.

Of the two consumers who spent time incarcerated, they each experienced one episode in jail. CHOICES consumers experienced an 82% decrease in the number of jail days for the entire program. Of the four consumers who spent time in a psychiatric hospital, none of them experienced a repeat episode.

CHOICES employs a Vocational Specialist who works in collaboration with the Personal Service Coordinators to assist consumers who wish to advance their education level. The Vocational Specialist assists the consumers in researching schools or other educational programs, based on the consumer's needs and goals. The team seeks to provide as much assistance as necessary for the consumer to return to their desired form of education as they believe it would improve their quality of life. Many of the consumers have no formal education past high school when entering CHOICES.

The Vocational Specialist works in collaboration with the Personal Service Coordinators to provide assistance for the participants in acquiring employment. This assistance comes in the form of assisting consumers in searching for employment, applying for employment, preparing for interviews, and preparing for employment through teaching useful job skills. CHOICES also utilizes an In-House Employment program, supervised by the Vocational Specialist. The goal of this program is to provide employment training and history for consumers who may not have worked in many years. This allows the consumers to build current marketable skills which they can then take with them to prospective employers within their community.

Upon entering the program, consumers are scheduled an appointment with the psychiatrist. The psychiatrist completes an intake assessment with the consumer and schedules subsequent visits. After a thorough evaluation, the psychiatrist is able to give the consumer a mental health diagnosis, pending the consumer is appropriate for one. The primary graph represents the breakdown of our population based on the diagnosis given by our psychiatrist.

This graph represents the breakdown of our population into two categories. The first category is for consumers who have a mental illness (Bipolar I, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, etc.). The second category is for those who have a dual diagnosis, which consists of a mental illness as a primary diagnosis with a secondary diagnosis of substance abuse (alcohol, methamphetamines, cocaine, etc.).