Lighthouse - Program Overview:
Lighthouse provides adults who have been socially and vocationally disabled by mental illness the opportunity to gain confidence and self-esteem, learn vocational skills, and obtain employment. The "Clubhouse" model, which was developed over a half century ago, provides members with a supportive environment where they can get assistance with transitioning into the workplace or back into school as well as increasing their participation in the community. Membership is voluntary and services are designed to meet individual needs.
Lighthouse - Program Highlights:
Peer Support in AfterCare Project:
MBHP-Lighthouse has partnered with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership since 2002 to offer a service entitled "Peer Support in Aftercare". This project began as a pilot in Central Massachusetts with the Genesis Clubhouse. MBHP quickly recognized the value of the project and made a decision to duplicate the service in Western Massachusetts, selecting Lighthouse as the provider. The service is based upon a model of peer to peer support and assistance. Teams of Lighthouse staff and trained Lighthouse members visit the inpatient psychiatric units at Baystate Medical Center and Providence Hospital to aid MBHP-insured clients with their discharge planning, coordination and follow-up. This is a voluntary program offered to those patients receiving MBHP insurance. If the person signs onto the program, Lighthouse staff and members begin working with them while they are in the hospital and continue providing support and assistance for up to 90 days. The goals of the program are to assist patients with aftercare appointments, connection to community resources and ultimately to increase community tenure (reduce hospitalization time). Since its inception, the peer support in aftercare program has worked with over 200 patients, helping to connect them to needed medical, psychiatric and community services, offering support and assistance at a particularly difficult time in their lives. Over 45 Lighthouse members have been trained to provide peer support to this population and have gained immeasurable confidence by being able to reach out to those in need, offering valuable resources and time.
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