Liberty Resources Awarded 3 New Grants

November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
Liberty Resources was recently awarded grants to pilot three new programs that target high-risk populations in the region.

Three new transitional housing beds are being added as part of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Enriched Crisis and Transitional Housing Pilot Program. This new program links individuals experiencing serious mental health problems with flexible, integrative, resilient and effective networks of support in their communities, with the goal of effectively building sustainable skills to support individuals in achieving long-term positive recovery and housing outcomes through our various programs. The new program will be staffed 24 hours a day with a Behavioral Health Specialist, four Peer Recovery Specialists and a pool of relief staff, who will work in partnership with all treatment providers, Health Home Care Managers, hospitals, and social supports to ease the transition for residents from a hospital setting back to the community. Services will include short-term intensive behavioral health respite care, clinical monitoring, connection or re-connection to mental health services, and peer support for people in crisis or in need of a step-down program following psychiatric hospitalization. For each individual, the program will focus on connection, mutuality, and moving forward. Peer and staff support will be available around the clock, either on site or through on-call accessibility. Support plans based on a comprehensive assessment of physical, medical, emotional, behavioral, social, residential, recreational, vocational and nutritional needs will be developed and implemented for each individual. The plans will integrate direct care and support services and include all linkages and service options within the community to maintain ongoing treatment, and successfully transition back into the community.

The Cayuga County Mobile Crisis project is another new endeavor funded by Cayuga County Department of Mental Health. The purpose of this project is to provide an immediate, comprehensive response to Cayuga County residents in crisis situations, using a multidisciplinary team consisting of a licensed clinician, a case manager, and a peer specialist. The team will be available during non-business hours and weekends.

The third grant, funded by the NYS Department of Health (DOH), is the MRT Supportive Housing Health Home Pilot Project. This new program will provide supportive housing services that include emergency and short-term rental subsidies, emergency utility assistance, housing location and peer-based support services throughout Madison, Onondaga and Cayuga counties. This will be accomplished through the implementation of an array of evidence-based practices leveraging our current supported employment programs, peer-based behavioral strategies to improve health outcomes and wellness programming; crisis diversion/24-hour support derived from an Intentional Peer Support (IPS) model while using some evidence-based engagement and housing first model practices. Goals are for the clients to improve life functioning and stability in terms of chronic medical conditions, stabilize the behavioral health issues which contributed to their homelessness and thus become engaged in treatment, and achieve positive reintegration.