Individuals with mental illness who have been hospitalized or detained face many challenges when they re-enter into the community. Intensive support is frequently needed to ensure that these men and women are able to establish and maintain stability and sobriety. CHD is committed to helping these clients build responsible, independent lives. Our residential support services include a variety of programs designed to serve these specific populations.
Residential Support Program (Hartford, Torrington, Waterbury)
This program provides intensive support to individuals with chronic mental illness and substance abuse problems who are living in their own housing. CHD staff members work personally with clients and assist with all areas of daily living as needed. Services may include planning, financial management, meal preparation, education counseling, and treatment oversight, with the goal of helping clients move to a lower level of care and supervision.
Community Integration Services (New Milford, Hartford, Torrington)
CHD’s community integration program is an intensive, one-on-one program that supervises individuals who require a high level of oversight as they reintegrate into the community.
Special Services Team (Hartford)
CHD’s Special Services Team was created to serve the needs of individuals who are transitioning from a mental health institution into the community. Clients in this program have specific challenges which may include mental illness, substance abuse issues, and traumatic brain injury. This is an intensive, highly individualized program designed around the needs of clients, and may include personal coaching, and 24/7 supervision. CHD has had notable successes in this program, and several of our clients are now living independent, responsible and productive lives.
Short Term Residential Services
Having a safe place to rest one’s head is one of the most basic human needs. Without a “home base” in life, it is hard to focus on earning a living, building stable relationships or finding a meaningful place in the community.
Many individuals in our communities are homeless, for a variety of reasons. Unemployment, mental illness, poverty, disabilities, familial abuse and substance addiction are all leading causes of temporary and long-term homelessness. At CHD we offer a range of programs that provide short-term housing to individuals in need.
Community Transitional Living Program
This is the most intensive of CHD’s supervised transitional programs. Clients in this program are typically among the most challenging, and require a high level of attention, supervision and involvement as they prepare to reintegrate into the community. Coaching, cueing and mentoring services are typically needed to help clients master the skills of living responsibly and independently within the community.
Odyssey Home is a group home for young adults (18-24) with mental health issues who are transitioning from DCF (Department of Children and Families.) CHD staffers live with clients and assist them in goal setting, life planning, and moving forward with their education or career plans.
Sequoia Home is a new CHD program that works with forensic clients transitioning from a mental institution. The home provides 24/7 supervision and specialized services.
Lotus Home provides long-term housing to five female clients who have mental health, behavioral or substance abuse issues, but who are not eligible for other CHD programs. The staff at Lotus House works to help these women take steps to assuming responsibility and achieving independence.
Client Success Stories
Every day, CHD helps people in Connecticut turn their lives around. Our caring, compassionate professionals are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to ensure that our clients have the opportunity to build healthy, productive lives. We invite you to meet a few of our clients who have overcome significant challenges to find peace, success, and a new life.
“Tom” spent his entire adult life in psychiatric institutions and jails. He had limited experience living in the community but was clear that his goal was to become independent. At first he struggled to accept services and was resistant to the challenges the community presented. Due to earlier trauma, he struggled to develop trusting relationships.
Community Integration staff members understood this and were able to create an atmosphere where he felt safe. As Tom was exposed to more social situations he began to develop confidence in his ability to have healthy interactions. He went from a shy, quiet, paranoid individual with a grumpy demeanor to a person with confidence and a bright smile.
Tom was able to obtain employment through a vocational program, which built self-confidence. After two years, Tom moved into his own apartment fulfilling his goal of independence. Today he serves as an inspiration to other client’s by sharing his story of success and acts as a role model to other clients coming from similar situation.
For 17 years, “Charles” was caught in the grip of a crack cocaine addiction that left him impoverished and homeless. Finally, in his early fifties, he found the strength to seek help. After reaching out to Christian Community Outreach Ministries, Inc., Charles entered CHD’s PILOTS program in 2006, and has been clean and sober since.
At first, Charles worried about his ability to maintain his sobriety and independence. Even when he was admitted to CHD’s housing program, he was anxious about living on his own — in his first apartment. But Charles persevered, and has succeeded in building both self-sufficiency and self-esteem. Today, Charles is very active in the community, working at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, and as a community volunteer. Recently, he s was hired by C.C.O.M for their Discipleship House Residential Transition Program.
Life is looking up for Charles. He recently obtained his high school diploma, an has set new goals for himself, including obtaining a driver’s license, increasing his income, and moving back to his hometown in Maryland.