The Community Outreach Advocates offer the benefits of their life experience. They are trained supervised employees that have been through similar experiences as consumers of mental health services. They can offer mentoring, advocacy and linkage to other services. Most importantly, they offer you support and help on an individual basis. The goal of the program is to promote independence by linking consumers to existing mental health, medical, housing, employment, and self-help groups in the community. We develop a supportive relationship with clients while encouraging participation in social, educational, spiritual, recreational and cultural activities. We also accompany clients to appointments (e.g., social security, etc.) and self-help functions (e.g., drop-in centers, substance abuse meetings, etc.), providing transportation as needed. Support is also provided in teaching and modeling activities of daily living (ADL) skills and social support. We work either on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting to provide support for successful integration into the community.
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For more details, please email Dennise Babin, or call her at 973-478-4444, x 117.