Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Community Based Rehabilitation Services
Why Psychosocial Rehabilitation?
Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) also known as Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) is a program designed for adults who are seeking recovery from severe and persistent mental health disorders and are in need of developing skills to facilitate independent living and enhance quality of life.
Individuals with mental health disorders are often challenged by a wide variety of health, vocational, financial, interpersonal and social needs. Many need assistance in building skills to meet the demands of daily living and to grow toward self sufficiency.
At Freedom in Choices, we endeavor to equip our participants with the skills needed to succeed in life, providing encouragement to become active members of the community.
What Are The Benefits?
Under the guidance of a qualified mental health specialist, our members will take part in a variety of educational and skill-building activities, based on individual needs. These activities take place both at Freedom and in the community, and will assist in the following areas:
- Communicating effectively with others
- Building strong interpersonal relationships and social support systems
- Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries
- Decision making
- Discovering and rediscovering recreational activities
- Setting and accomplishing realistic goals
- Accepting that bad choices have negative consequences
- Taking on more responsibility for self
- Understanding mental illness/recovery
- Increasing self-esteem
- Making healthy meal choices and learning how to live a more active lifestyle
- Developing coping skills
- Learning how to access community resources
- Learning to identify and manage stress
- Planning for future employment by learning how communicate effectively with coworkers, utilize transportation and develop other employment readiness skills
- Medication management and compliance
- Making and keeping appointments, including medical and psychiatric appointments
- Other basic living skills, including hygiene, grooming, daily scheduling, meal preparation, household chores, managing finances, problem solving, etc.
Defining Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Psychiatric rehabilitation promotes recovery, full community integration, and improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. Psychiatric rehabilitation services are collaborative, person-directed and individualized. These services are an essential element of the health care and human services spectrum, and should be evidence-based. They focus on helping individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful and satisfied in the living, working, learning, and social environments of their choice.
Evidence shows that psychiatric rehabilitation services markedly improve a person’s potential for recovery. Based on principles that respect the capacity of every person to learn and grow, and to make independent choices on matters that are important, psychiatric rehabilitation works. This evidence-based approach has fundamentally altered the way we think about mental illness, and the potential for a life with meaning and hope for persons living with a mental illness. http://www.psychrehabassociation.org