HRC’s “Living Room Project” (LRP) includes consumer-focused initiatives such as IPS / Supported Employment, peer supports, mentoring, and crisis deflection alternatives. LRP reflects HRC’s commitment to offering consumers hope and self-determination even during “hard times.” To expand its LRP-based service array HRC uses resources acquired through a Title XX DHS DMH grant with its existing peer recovery resources. It is the objective of LRP to maximize individual empowerment and recovery-focused opportunities for success within the most comfortable and least restrictive environment possible. LRP’s four primary areas of focus:HRC
1. Crisis Prevention and Deflection Alternatives: Linked closely with RBHN crises activities in Edgar and Clark Counties, Living Room and Welcome Room hours and staffing provide crisis response personnel a more acceptable alternative to a protracted hospital stay or detainment.
2. Mentoring and Peer Recovery Assistance: HRC’s experienced and highly trained Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) offer compassion and hope through encouragement and by example, building self-esteem through social learning and facilitating self-direction and empowerment in a safe, friendly, and non-threatening environment.
3. Employment Services: The LRP staff includes a full time Employment Specialist, who is responsible for working with employers and visiting job sites; coordinating employment services, CRSS staff, therapists, case managers, psychiatrist, and HRC’s existing part time Employment Specialist and Program Managers. The PRSS’s also play an active role with HRC’s evidence-based supported employment program (IPS). They are members of the integrated treatment team in serving IPS consumers, seeking and identifying potential job matches based on consumer preferences, and promoting and co-facilitating consumer participation in HRC’s “Job Club.”
4. Mental Health Prevention and Education: Local cultures, traditions, and beliefs have allowed many misconceptions about mental illness, treatment, and recovery to persist throughout the region. Considerable guilt and shame is often associated with those who require mental health services, adding to the challenges of treatment and recovery within the community. LRP includes community outreach activities, awareness campaigns, and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Wellness Action Recovery Plan (WRAP) instruction. The LRP’s staff carry out these activities in collaboration with HRC’s mental health therapists, case managers, consumer advocates, and Leadership Team. HRC administrative and LRP staff share responsibility for educating local groups about how to use evidence based resources and practices to increase mental health literacy and wellness throughout the community.