Resients Engaged to Achieve Comfort and Health Supportive Services a.k.a. R.E.A.C.H. S.S.
Residents engaged to Achieve Comfort and Health Supportive Services is an initiative that is being created to reduce stigma surrounding Behavioral health as well as to introduce participants to activities and resources intended to bring comfort and improved health to their lives. Staff and residents typically meet one-to-one, but small group meetings are also optional. During participant and worker visitations general dialog occurs and the participant led activities and goals are explored.
Examples of activities could be preparing a healthy meal, escorting members to the doctor, walking together, creating a budget, going shopping, cleaning, going bowling, or taking a drive.. Really whatever the participant expresses an interest in doing and is identified as life enriching
To educate the community about behavioral health is equally important. Therefore, we invite professionals from the field to offer comforting informative lecture and complete screenings. We also provide literature showing where to turn for help as well as a library of online and Youtube videos that show how to recognize and engage certain behaviors.
When our services are offered we believe stigma will reduce and people facing challenges can be better understood and properly treated. The outcome come be healthier and more comfortable communities.
With diverse communication methods being readily available, R.E.A.C.H. S.S. intends to utilize social media outlets as well as face-to-face interaction such as pop-up appearances to do screenings, offer literature and video presentations. These strategies may be considered innovative approach to educate individuals and the general public.
Also, 24hour outreach hotlines, or where-to turn guides will be offered to those needing support or wanting to be educated can access or pre-recorded information and instruction about how to get help will be available.
As the R.E.A.C.H. S.S. program develops staff can schedule to visit area churches, recreational and social centers. Also, we can canvass neighborhoods to educate people about the range of services and resources they may be unaware of.
As the R.E.A.C.H. S.S. agency develops and partnerships with professionals form, we intend to service the community targeting visitation to sites listed above.
Cold calling canvassing utilizing extensive questionnaires will also be utilized. Meet and greet functions, parties and raffling events are a few strategies we intend to use to serve community and gain recognition.
Currently, I have yet to formally network with existing organizations to discuss services that myself and associates intend to offer. However, this submission does encourage me to contact organizations I previously worked, or volunteered for.
By mid-year, I intend to present the R.E.A.C.H. S.S. program to, ( although not limited to) Project Home and The Salvation Army, however constructing a self and associate created non-profit organization remains an option.
An educated experienced selection of staff could offer both live and video based educational instruction. In addition, staff could be accessed via phone and email to answer questions and offer feedback about pertinent participant and counselor concerns.
Finally, common scenario examples can be demonstrated during live, Skype, or similar conferencing options.
Outcomes of the R.E.A.C.H. S.S. program could be that participants develop meaningful relationships with professional supports and become contributors to their workers lives and community. Essentially, members may lead more comfortable and totally healthful lifestyles, strengthening their social support circle.
Also, the stigma surrounding behavior health may diminish because the community becomes more educated about the subject.
Finally, when behavior health conditions are properly identified, a reduction in incarcerations may result. Conversely, the employment rate may increase due to increased member confidence about being capable to serve in a workforce and community setting. Moreover, members needing support can be directed to appropriate care based comprehensive treatment alternatives and outlets designed to curtail negative behaviors and reinforce those that are society appropriate. .
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