A new, tiered model is allowing ShelterCare to reach more people with supportive services such as Recovery Path (substance use disorder treatment) and Supported Employment.
Our goal with every participant is to provide person-centered care. Under the new model, participants can choose one service, the full complement of wraparound supports, or somewhere in between, depending on their individual needs. Participants can also easily transition between tiers as their symptoms and life circumstances change.
ShelterCare Supported Housing, which serves adults living with a serious mental illness, launched the new model in January, and is already seeing significant benefits. We are now able to offer supported services to participants in other ShelterCare programs as well as to individuals on the waiting list. For example, a resident in our Uhlhorn Program can now access Supported Employment services if she is interested in entering or re-entering the work force.
Offering services in this way allows ShelterCare participants to have more self-directed care and to choose the level of support they feel will help them find greater stability and independence.