Contract: $64,428 - Department of Housing and Urban Development - Sep. 8, 2009
75% voted satisfied - 25% voted not satisfied - 4 vote(s) cast
Award Description: The PCMH Residence at 516 West 50th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019 provides housing, support and rehabilitation services to 20 individuals with severe and persistent mental illness within the framework of a 24-hour staffed apartment transitional community residence. Each consumer occupies a HUD subsidized one bedroom or studio apartment. Staff and consumers work together to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan, emphasizing independence and choice, community integration, and finding opportunities for success in relationships, employment, education and leisure. The consumer will move from this type of transitional living facility into another level of care over time. The award provide ensured the continued operation of the site without staffing layoffs.
Project Description: Program services include, but are not limited to the following: ADL Skill Training/ Enhancement, Symptom Management, Self-Empowerment Training, Vocational/Educational Support, Health Services Coordination, Socialization and Leisure Activities, Medication Supervision/ Training, Rehabilitation Counseling, Community Integration, Advocacy/ Entitlements, MICA Treatment and Support, Discharge Planning/ Housing Options. Upon a client’s admission to the residence, PCMH staff conduct a comprehensive assessment of each resident to determine their history of service utilization, the present status of their symptoms and functioning, and their on-going service needs. Within four weeks of admission, the program develops a service plan specifically tailored to the needs of the client as identified through the assessment. A clear, concrete statement of the resident’s service goals and objectives; a list of the services that will be provided under the service plan; proposed time periods for the initiation of the services and projected times for accomplishment of the resident’s goals and objectives; and, the efforts that will be made to coordinate the resident’s services with other providers. On a more social level, program staff organize voluntary group activities as a means to bring the tenants together to socialize and to feel a part of the community within the residence. Such activities include parties, holiday observances, trips to movies, ball games etc, cookouts and other types of social activities that help each tenant feel a part of a larger community. Finally, a Community Residence is a Transitional Housing facility and therefore discharge planning in a Community Residence begins when a resident is admitted into the program and continues throughout the resident’s stay in the program.
Jobs Summary: A Residential Counselor carries a caseload and has a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent, and a minimum of two years experience in helping the underprivileged. The RC coordinate treatment for residents daily with treatment agencies and staff including hospitals, clinics, doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, pharmacists, intensive case managers, supportive case managers, and concerned and involved family members. Although the majority of a Residential Counselors’ work takes place in the residence, when the situation warrants, they will go to the 'field , and assist and escort residents in obtaining services, keeping appointments, or coordinating and expediting applications for benefits and housing services. Hand in hand with all of the aforementioned tasks, the RC must keep meticulous records of each task performed, progress accomplished, and further elaborate in extensive and ongoing reporting and record keeping with internal controls on a weekly basis, and external review and oversight ongoing. RC work is further documented in a myriad of administrative logbooks. An overnight counselor (OC) provides the permanent core of the overnight staff, working from 12 a. m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week. Although the OC is not obligated to handle the routine tasks of a caseload, they are often faced with emergency situations wherein a resident may have a medical emergency or crisis, or have the perception of such a crisis. The OCs have the same minimum requirements as the RCs, and are often seasoned and experienced in handling unplanned situations, and emergency needs. The OC also supervise the distribution of medication to residents at both the early morning and late evening medication hours. Such supervision requires meticulous, detailed, and individualized record keeping, counting, and secure safekeeping of all prescribed medication in a separate, locked contained area. (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Completed
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