Mental Health and Addictions Housing Division – Eastern Health

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Community Care Supportive Housing
Long Pond, CBS, NL
Tel:  (709) 834-0807

Family Care Program
Waterford Bridge Road
St. John’s NL
Tel:  (709) 777-3340

Supportive Board and Lodging Subsidy
Waterford Bridge Road
St. John’s, NL
Tel:  (709) 777-3340 and 777-3341

Website:  http://www.easternhealth.ca/WebInWeb.aspx?d=1&id=2106&p=74

Mandate:

To provide community based services to individuals who require supportive living arrangements to improve their quality of life and maintain psychiatric stability

Target Population:

Persons who have mental illness

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

COMMUNITY CARE PROGRAM:

The Community Care Program is an initiative of Eastern Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program, Housing Division. It is a community based supportive housing program for individuals who require support as a result of a severe and persistent mental illness.  The Community Care Program provides residential, psychiatric, case management and therapeutic recreation services to voluntary residents.  Community Care Homes are privately owned and operated with the majority being located in Conception Bay area.  There are currently 13 Community Care Homes which are staffed 24 hours a day with a total of 166 placements in the program.  Homes range in size from 3 to 22 resident placements.  For the majority of residents who reside in the Community Care Program their goal is to secure a safe and supportive living environment, improve their overall quality of life and strive for longer periods of psychiatric stability.  For a smaller number of residents their goal is to maintain wellness while focusing on the skills needed to progress towards a more independent lifestyle.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAM:

The Family Care Program is an initiative of Eastern Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program, Housing Division. It is a community based, boarding home program that offers a medium level of support and supervision in a family environment for adults with a severe and persistent mental illness. Home Operators are screened, assessed and trained to determine their suitability to operate a home. Homes can accommodate 1 to 3 residents with a focus on integration and recovery. Family Care is a partnership between residents, home operators and staff whose focus is to provide residential and rehabilitative services. Social Work staff provides administrative, consultative and clinical services including case management. Nursing consultation services are available upon request. The staff works collaboratively with the residents, home operators and resident’s treatment teams to promote community integration and enhance overall quality of life.

SUPPORTIVE BOARD AND LODGING SUBSIDY (NON-RELATIVE):   

 The Mental Health and Addictions Program provides financial subsidy to clients who meet criteria for supportive board and lodging with non-relatives. Supportive board and lodging is a situation whereby a client lives with a boarding home operator, has his/her own private bedroom, is provided with three meals per day, and may be provided with additional support such as, but not limited to:

  • Housekeeping and Laundry Services
  • Monitoring and Supervision of Medications
  • Assistance with Appointments
  • Liaison with Case Manager to advocate for needed services and/or consultation for crisis intervention

SUPPORTIVE BOARD & LODGING SUPPLEMENT (RELATIVE):   

In an effort to support relatives who care for persons with a psychiatric disability, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government approved a board and lodging subsidy under the Poverty Reduction Strategy in 2007.  The Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health administers this supplement through the Housing Division.  A person with a psychiatric disability is a person who is living with and receiving treatment for a mental illness and for whom the symptoms of that illness are severe enough that it interferes with everyday functioning and the ability to live independently.