Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Options for those Living with Serious Mental Illness
Adulting living with serious mental illness have options. Serious mental illness (SMI) is defined based on diagnosis, impairment as a result of the diagnosis and duration of illness.
Diagnoses typically include:
- Persistent major affective disorders
- Schizophrenia spectrum
- Thought and psychotic disorders
Impairment on a recurrent or continuous basis in the ability to:
- Consistently carry out household management roles
- Consistently perform practical daily living tasks
- Maintain employment at a living wage
- Maintain a safe living situation
Duration of the serious mental illness has been, or is anticipated to be, of a long duration and includes:
- Extended involvement in outpatient services
- Hospitalization two or more times
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
A group of qualified mental health professionals whose mission is to collaborate and assist individuals to live successfully in the community. This intensive service team consists of a case manager, clinician, nurse, peer specialist, psychiatrist, substance abuse specialist, supervisor and vocational specialist.
Provides guidance navigating the mental health care system to improve quality of life and enhance integration into the community.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Chester House)
Chester House is a psychosocial rehabilitation program with services intended to help people diagnosed with a serious mental illness return to their best functional level in order to maintain community tenure.
Structured activities include education/skill-building activities addressing:
- Access to Community Resources
- Illness management
- Interpersonal relationships
- Life skills
Chester House also offers an evidenced based employment program, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services. We help people find and maintain competitive employment in the community.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is an evidence-based program that recognizes that safe, stable housing is essential to mental health recovery. With the support of a housing specialist, participants are linked to market-rate housing in Chesterfield County and have wide latitude in choosing where they live. Participants pay 30% of their income toward rent and the program pays the balance. PSH participants are eligible, but not required, to receive housing case management, peer support and other mental health services.