How Do The LIFE and CAR Programs Work

  1. People who would like to be part of LIFE or CAR have to be referred to the program. A mental health professional can fill out the referral form and fax it to us.
    1. Our program manager will review the referral form and contact you to set up an assessment interview. We call you the day we get your referral form.
    2. We schedule to meet as soon as you would like to meet. We can come to your home, or you can meet with the program manager in our offices. You can decide.
  2. At the assessment interview:
    1. You and the program manager will discuss how you’re doing managing your life and recovery. Topics include your housing and financial stability, health, use of medications, coping skills, use of recreational drugs, the people in your life, and the things that give you a sense of purpose and hope. You can bring up other issues that concern you.
    2. You will set goals. Our program works because members set their goals and work together with staff and peers to achieve them.
    3. The program manager will explain the program—when and where groups meet; what outings and activities are coming up; how transportation works, and other things. She will answer questions and help you get started.
  3. Then, you pitch into the program.
    1. Adults come to group once a week and meet with our direct care specialist two or three times a month.
    2. Children and Adolescents meet for groups twice a month and meet with our direct care specialist once or twice a month.
  4. Groups: Meeting with people who are going through the same things you’re going through.
    1. Group meetings are held in our offices.
    2. We serve beverages and snacks recommended by group members.
    3. Topics are set by members.
    4. Groups are small—no more than 10 adults or 6 kids.
    5. If you need a ride, we pick you up before the group starts and drop you off afterward.
    6. In group meetings, we plan outings and activities.
      1. We go places as a group: parks, museums, movies, sports events.
      2. Our member choose where we go.
      3. CR covers the costs of outtings.
  5. Individual Meetings: The Direct Care Specialist will meet with you one-on-one. You might:
    1. Go over some of the things that came up in group.
    2. Get personal support.
    3. Learn or practice a recovery skill.
    4. Get connected to resources outside LIFE or CAR. You might be working on getting benefits, getting into school, improving your housing, finding peer support, getting a job—or other goals you set for yourself.
  6. Handling the tough times
    1. Every member of the CAR and LIFE programs thinks through with staff members ways to avoid a crisis. Still, tough times are part of handling your mental health. We will work with you on how to get ahold of the crisis services you might need.
    2. b. After hours, you can call one of our staffers. They can help you with problems or questions that can’t wait until our office opens.
  7. Moving on: there is no limit on how long you can stay in the LIFE or CAR programs.
    1. You can stay in the program as long as
      1. You have goals you want to pursue, and you are benefitting from the support of staff and peers.
      2. You keep seeing your therapist and/or psychiatrist regularly.
    2. You can also move on with when you have met your goals, and we all agree that you have the skills and knowledge you need to live the life you want to live. We will celebrate your progress!
    3. If you want to leave the program or any reason, that’s okay too.
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