Choices 2010 Q3

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Choices Demographics

2010

FY 09/10 Quarter 3 - Demographics

CHOICES' population consists of 88% of Adults. Sometimes the program is best suited for members who fall outside the Adult age category, which accounts for the 4% of TAY (Transitional Age Youth) and 8% of Older Adults who are in the program.

There is only a slightly larger number of females than males enrolled in the program, as well as two transgender individuals.

CHOICES has a population which accounts for several different ethnic groups. Among these groups, Caucasian is the most prevalent, with Latinos, African-Americans, and Vietnamese following behind. CHOICES has the ability to serve all of these populations linguistically, as well as culturally.

More than 90% of the members enrolled in CHOICES are housed, with only 5% in emergency housing situations (such as motels and emergency shelters) and 4% classified as "Other" (which accounts for people who are homeless, in jails, in hospitals, or whose whereabouts are unknown). Through the utilization of a Housing Specialist, the CHOICES team is able to help facilitate housing options for its members, which are determined on a collaborative basis between the team and the members themselves. The members are encouraged to be involved every bit of the way on their road to recovery, including housing.

As a program, CHOICES has experienced an increase in the number of jail days, but a 50% reduction in the number of members in jail as compared to the end of the 2nd quarter of the 2009-2010 fiscal year. While the number of members who experienced psychiatric hospitalizations remains the same, the number of days the members were in hospitals decreased by 19% from the end of the 2nd quarter of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

CHOICES employs a Vocational Specialist who can aid in the process of selecting schooling options for members. The Vocational Specialist works with members who have a desire to enroll in educational opportunities as is conducive with their recovery. When it is learned that a member desires educational opportunities, the CHOICES team explores the member's strengths in an attempt to facilitate the best possible options for the member and those options which coordinate with their recovery.

CHOICES continues to utilize its In-House employment program so members can gain valuable work experience which they can use as they reintegrate into society. The program lasts for six months and throughout the process, the Vocational Specialist helps members with job preparation skills, looking for jobs in the community, and preparing for employment in other necessary manners. CHOICES has had15 people participate in this program, with 5 acquiring jobs within the community thus far.

A primary diagnosis is determined by a psychiatrist in collaboration with the staff. The staff reports their observations of the members to the psychiatrist and in connection with his own observations, he diagnoses the members. This graph represents a numerical breakdown of the CHOICES members according to their primary diagnosis as given by the psychiatrist.

Approximately 53 % of CHOICES members have a mental illness diagnosis, as well as a substance abuse diagnosis. While all members are entitled to psycho-social and psychiatric services, members with substance abuse diagnoses are provided with substance abuse counseling as a means of dealing with substance abuse issues. The licensed substance abuse counselors help facilitate a path of recovery for members who seek to eliminate the negative substances in their life.