Mental Health Care
MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Most of OPCC’s clients have some form of severe and chronic mental illness. Often, this mental illness led to their homelessness—perhaps their first psychotic or manic episode occurred at a time in their lives when they did not have financial resources or other supports.
Acknowledging the link between homelessness and mental illness, OPCC integrates mental health care with all its services and programs. There are mental health clinicians based at each OPCC location and program, plus we have the Resnick Home Team Program for in-home care, and IMHT that provides care for individuals with the highest levels of vulnerability.
The Wellness Program, based at Turning Point and available to all OPCC clients, provides a series of groups and workshops designed to assist clients with substance abuse problems and to help them develop a range of life skills. Topics include: managing one’s health; anger management and communication; emotion and stress management; alcohol, drugs and the body; women’s issues and men’s issues.
INTEGRATED MOBILE HEALTH TEAM (IMHT)
The IMHT is a traveling team that consists of a psychiatrist, physician, physician's assistant, case manager and peer advocate, who are trained to build trust with the hardest to reach individuals who, in many cases, have lived on the streets for years. Often, these are the most isolated and vulnerable individuals who need lasting care, and the IMHT works to provide medicine, treatment and assistance when possible.
RESNICK HOME TEAM PROGRAM
Resnick Home Team Program helps to remove barriers to health for recently housed, formerly homeless individuals. Comprised of a senior clinician and several clinical interns, teams provide home-based clinical services to housed clients. Services include assessments, crisis intervention and emergency response, ongoing therapy and community linkages with local services.
DOCTORAL AND MASTERS-LEVEL TRAINING
OPCC is a training site for doctoral and masters-level interns who provide valuable mental health services while they are getting training and supervised clinical experience.
OPCC’s mental health staff provides ongoing clinical training for non-clinical staff as well. This training and consultation ensures that OPCC’s services stay clinically informed and therapeutically beneficial.
If you are a student interested in obtaining clinical hours, please contact the leadership of your school’s practicum program.
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