Evergreen Elm’s Supportive Living consist of three programs. All three of these programs work with participants age 18 and older who reside in McKean County. Each programs goal is to build on the skills the individuals has and empower participants by helping them develop the skills needed to become as independent as possible in the setting of their choice.
The Mobile Medication program works with participants who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and struggle with their medication regime. This is a teaching model where participants learn about their medications, how to manage their medications, and how to control symptoms that would otherwise put them at risk for a more restricted environment. Participants are assisted by one of Evergreen Elm’s registered nurses and medication techs to manage their medication and to learn about the signs and symptoms of their illness. These services are delivered within the participants own environment and are meant to be on a short term basis.
Mental Health Supportive Living
Evergreen Elm’s Mental Health Supportive Living program works with individuals who have mental Illness and Evergreen Elm’s Home and Community rehabilitation program works with individuals with intellectually disabilities. The participants need supported with the skills of community living. Services can include but are not limited to daily living skills, medication monitoring, shopping, home maintenance, and medical/dental appointments. The need for service is based upon a team approach which often consists of the individual, the individual’s case manager and or supports coordinator, McKean County Humans Services, and Evergreen Elm. Each participant works toward accomplishing goals and progress toward independence. The trained staff offer suggestions, direction and support to increase the participant’s skills.
Evergreen Elm Supportive living works with individuals from many facets of life. There is not a typical picture of what a participant looks like. A participant can be newly diagnosed or have had a lifelong history with a diagnosis. Some participant are eager for the help some are resistant. Some participants are proud to accept the help while others would rather the service be delivered without notice. Some participants live alone, some live with family and others decide to live with peers. Some participants hold full time jobs within the community, some work within a sheltered work shop and some are very involved within the community. Whatever the circumstances, Evergreen Elm’s Supportive Living program is able to offer the support individually based geared around by the participant needs.
An example of what supportive Living can do…
John Doe.. Moved into one of our Support Housing/ Supportive Living homes. He was a recent discharge from BRMC psychiatric unit and was still suffering from severe depression. He had lost his job, his housing and a lot of his friends. He started many days out crying because he felt no hope. He seldom left his bedroom. He was feeling bad about himself because he had no job (he had over 10 years at his last job), no home, and felt as if he had no friends. Here he was living in a house with several housemates who suffered from mental illness. At that time he felt it couldn’t get any worse. He tried self-medicating with street drugs and that made things worse yet. He could not find anything that was worth trying for. As time went on he had been taking his medications on a routine basis because Supportive Living staff woke him up at each medication time prompting him to take his medications. He had Medication monitoring who taught him about his medications, the signs and symptoms of his illness and some skills to use to keep his mind and body busy as not to dwell on the negative things. He also had Supportive Living services that helped him maintain is living environment, made sure he ate, and encouraged him not to spend a lot of time alone, and got him to his appointments. He lived in a house amongst his peers. He began to see that at least one person within that setting had it worse, not only was that peer mentally ill but he had physical disabilities too. John Doe began helping his housemate. As time went on John Doe began to feel better about himself. Staff reassured him along the way, gave him a nudge when he needed it and gave him time when he was struggling. There was no pressure to move out but always that encouragement that he could. He then began to look forward to being able to live on his own again. He began working an hour a week. It was something. He also began doing the things that need to be done without prompting from staff, he kept his living area clean, ate at meal times, remembered to take his medications, went to appointments as scheduled. All the things Supportive Living was doing for him. He even bought a bike and began going for bike rides. After living within this setting for two years he began looking for his own apartment with his case manager’s help. We were able to move him into a Support Housing/ Supportive Living house with a less peers and minimal staff support. He thrived within this environment. He had supports when he needed it but was able to become more independent as he gained more confidence. He live here for a year and then felt ready to move out into his own apartment. With his case managers help he moved out into his own apartment within the community. The supportive Living staff helped him transition into his apartment and living on his own. Current he has no supportive Living services and is living in the community on his own and holding down two part time jobs.About Us