BHcare Community Services will help you build the skills you need to live a successful independent life.
We offer services in locations that are convenient for you such as your home, a community setting, a hospital, shelter or correctional facility.
Community Services has three main components: Adult Community Support Services, Young Adult Services, and Housing Services. In addition, specialized services are available for individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Following best practices in our field, BHcare emphasizes learning and skill-building, so clients can become more independent. We believe individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use) can recover and lead full lives in their communities. The supports provided by Community Support Specialists and Recovery Support Specialists uphold that philosophy, by providing services that are:
Our goal is to provide the types of supports to help make your journey into adulthood successful. Supports available to you include mental health treatment, employment support, life skill development and housing assistance.
Trauma Sensitive Treatment
Many of the young people who come to us have experienced trauma, including neglect and physical and/or sexual abuse, and as a result may suffer from associated symptoms; so our young adult services are trauma sensitive and built upon the principles of trauma treatment.
Client Centered Approach
We believe that young adults with mental health difficulties and other problems, can be helped to achieve and maintain stability if given the right support, guidance, education, treatment, and skills. The best way to begin this process is to collaborate with DCF prior to an individual’s 18th birthday and develop a service plan together with the individual. The active involvement of the client, their family, and the community in the development of the recovery plan is essential to success.
Eligibility – Participants in YAS program must be 18 to 25 years of age, reside in the Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton or Oxford; the Shoreline towns of Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, North Branford or North Haven, and be diagnosed with a mental illness.
One of the basic requirements in establishing a strong foundation for a successful recovery is safe, affordable housing. To that end, BHcare has secured resources to provide a variety of supportive housing settings to the homeless or “at risk of being homeless”. These include subsidized Next Steps slots; slots with subsidies from HUD; subsidized slots for families, young adults and low-income people; subsidized HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS); and PILOTS slots. Support services are provided to assist people with being good tenants and obtaining the skills necessary to be successful in their own apartments.
BHcare employs a full-time Outreach Worker through its PATH program to provide outreach and engagement services to persons who are homeless. The staff provides assessments to determine what referrals should be made to link individuals with appropriate ongoing supports that assist them with securing and maintain housing. BHcare also employs Peer Engagement Specialists who provide outreach and engagement services to people who have had difficulties in accepting or seeking necessary supports through the traditional service system.
BHcare provides space and facilitators to a variety of Self Help Groups including Dual Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Nicotine Anonymous, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA),and Emotions Anonymous. The Social Clubs also offer classes in Wellness Recovery Action Plans and Pathways to Recovery.