Mental Health Aide Program
The Mental Health Aide Program is a voluntary program available to any individual in the community with a mental health diagnosis. The basic function of this program is to provide one-on-one support to individuals who are in the midst of a mental health crisis or need support to maintain stability and avoid a crisis. Services are available for up to six months with number of days being serviced reduced, until the individual is weaned off and completes the program successfully. If it is identified that services are still needed after the six-month period, referrals will be made for additional or extended assistance. Services with this program are available seven days a week.
The main function of this program is to remind and observe individuals taking their psychotropic medications at bedtime. Aides come to the home and offer support with verbal prompting and overseeing the individual takes their medications. Aides are there to provide companionship and advocacy to individuals when needed and also to monitor goals outlined in the crisis plan. The Mental Health Aide Program is designed to assist individuals in the transition to a level of lesser restrictiveness back into the individual's home setting. The ultimate goal is to assist clients in reducing symptoms to avoid hospitalizations when possible through medication compliance.