At WestBridge we recognize the importance of working with adult men and their families to build and sustain skills for successful community living. While success and recovery are defined by each man and family, the ability to have satisfying relationships, a safe and healthy environment, and an educational or work experience that feels productive and forward-moving are common to those we work with.
Community Integration Program (CIP)
The Community Integration Program (CIP) includes comprehensive wrap-around services available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, that vary in support and intensity based on the participant’s needs. Services are designed to support individuals in building and sustaining skills for successful independent living in the community.
Our philosophy is based on principles of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model, an evidence-based practice that is designed specifically for individuals with serious mental illness with or without co-occurring substance use disorders. Some of these principles include embracing a holistic approach to treatment, providing integrated services by one team, promoting continuity of care, and building upon natural supports to successfully maintain community living. While success and recovery are defined by each man and family we work with, WestBridge helps individuals gain the skills needed to live a healthy, recovery-oriented and satisfying life.
Based on the identified services received, several members of the team will be familiar with the participant and their family to assure the timely and continuous provision of services. While some services are provided in an office setting, CIP team members may also work in one’s home and the community.
- Care Management Support: Case management, individual supportive coaching, medication education & access, housing maintenance & stability, finance and budget support, care coordination, drug screening and team meetings.
- Family Support: Family education & support and clinical updates.
- Medical Support: Psychiatric services, medication technician services, nursing services, medication support, and other individualized nursing team services.
1Individual must participate in these three core services in order to enroll in the CIP. Participants and family members receiving these core services have access to the following services at no additional cost: On-call and emergency services support, internal care collaboration, family recovery resource services and alumni services.
- Community-Based Support (by mentors2): Independent living skills (laundry, cooking, home cleaning, etc.), physical health & wellness activities, individual and group recreation & leisure activities, mutual support group identification & accompaniment and social groups
- Group Support: Group therapy.
- Vocational Support: Vocational coaching, volunteering & career development and college support.
- Clinical Support: Individual therapy and brief clinical engagements.
Community Integration Program Supports Recovery At Many Levels
Being part of WestBridge’s Community Integration Program creates an opportunity for one to become a valued member of the community such as by completing their education, working in paid or volunteer employment, sharing their musical and artistic talents with others, and participating in activities that support other community organizations.
At WestBridge, we recognize that the need for support and development of recovery-oriented skills extends beyond normal office hours. Our Care Management Teams also provides services after the normal office hours by highly trained and supported Mentors. Mentors are part of the Care Management Team and are skilled at providing side-by-side support to participants in the community. Care Management services are available to support men with attending self-help, completing activities of daily living, and developing healthy sober recreation activities. Mentors work under the supervision of the Care Management Team to support each participant in achieving his goals.
Mentorship is, by definition, a supportive relationship that develops over the course of time between an experienced person and one who is learning. At WestBridge, Mentors play an integral and enhanced role in the clinical care program by developing one-on-one partnerships that focus on the independent living skills of needs of each man, by providing support, role modeling and fellowship. Mentoring is a way to offer nurturance and support in a way that does not seem like therapy.
- Self-help Meetings
- Grocery Shopping & Cooking
- Entertainment (movies, dining out, bowling, etc.)
- School & Homework
- Medication Supervision
- House Cleaning & Maintenance
- Employment Support
- Symptom Monitoring
The goals of WestBridge’s Mentor Program are for mentors to assist men in:
- Achieving academic and vocational goals.
- Maintaining a safe, clean home environment.
- Develop community connections.
- Involvement in self-help groups.
- Developing healthy nutritional habits.
- Navigating their environment and using public transportation.
- Administering medication, as prescribed by the WestBridge Medical Team.
- Involving the on-call clinician immediately during any crisis and whenever a variance in the planned activities occurs.