Catholic Charities serving those with Mental Health issues

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – For those diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness, the challenge of living independently and accomplishing the goals necessary for recovery can be overwhelming, however, Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Adult Mental Health Case Management program is there to help.

Designed to assist with the coordination of services, consumers meet regularly with their case manager to discuss their needs and establish a service plan that will address their unique situation. Once established the service plan is a tool to assist the consumer in accomplishing their goals and enable them to live independently in the community. According to supervisor of the Adult Mental Health Case Management program, Karen Davies-Buckley, case managers work closely with consumers to assist them in choosing strength based recovery goals that are achievable and will benefit the consumer.

“While consumers share many common goals such as stable housing, symptom and medication management, and financial management, it is their unique goals that can have the most impact.  At-risk behaviors, parenting, spirituality, and daily living skills are just a few examples of the personal goals a consumer may want to achieve,” said Davies-Buckley.

Once the consumers individual service plan is established case managers serve consumers on one of two levels; supportive, which includes 2 or more meetings a month, or intensive, which includes 4 or more visits per month.  Additionally, case managers provide advocacy and assistance in accessing other services that will be beneficial to the consumer.  According to case manager, Tim Archer, it is this part of the program that is most beneficial to the consumers.

“Through our knowledge of the system and our relationships with other providers our consumers are able to quickly overcome many of the obstacles they face each day.  Our ultimate goal is to enable our consumers to live independently in their community. Assisting them in acquiring the tools they need to be successful is an important part of that.  I find it very rewarding when our consumers accomplish the goals they have set for themselves.  Their sense of pride and the realization that they are bettering their lives is inspiring,” said Archer.

Davies-Buckley added that the program, which is serving more than 60 consumers, is currently accepting new consumers.

“The Adult Mental Health Case Management program has helped dozens of adults with a mental illness achieve their recovery goals and live independently in their community.  We are looking forward to helping even more in the future,” she said.

For more information on Catholic Charities’ Adult Mental Health Case Management program, or to learn how to access its services, contact Davies-Buckley at 315-598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.