Telecare will open the doors of its second community crisis home, Herald House, in mid-May, 2019. Located in Sacramento County, California, Herald House will provide crisis services for people 18 years of age or older diagnosed with both mental illness and developmental disabilities that are returning to the community from locked, institutional settings.
The community crisis home is a relatively new model of care in California, which is designed to help people with both developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Residents at this level of care are in crisis and have higher-intensity needs as they are primarily stepping down from locked institutions. Services are designed for residents to receive very intensive and highly individualized support in a home-like environment. The goal is for each member to eventually move into a lower level of care, such as a group home or with family.
Herald House held an open house event on April 26. Attendees were able to see the new home, meet staff, and learn more about the program’s services and role in the community.
Each Herald House resident (up to four total) will have a private bedroom and may stay for up to 18 months. The program will provide residents a comfortable environment in order to support recovery. Residents living at Herald House can explore a explore a variety of interests such as cooking, gardening, budgeting, and practice the living skills that will enable them to be as independent as possible. Herald House staff will also focus on community integration and arrange for opportunities for residents to be involved in school or work programs, participate in group outings, attend local events, and spend time with family and friends.
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