Supportive Housing/Residential Intensive Support Team (RIST):
At MHAMC we provide a model Supportive Housing/RIST program for people being discharged from state psychiatric hospitals, and those who are at high risk for long term hospital care. This program is similar to ICMS, but is distinguished by providing a higher level of care. In other words, consumers are often seen daily in their homes. Also, the program is not time limited, as is ICMS.
These programs use a “Housing First” approach in which staff members help clients find apartments in neighborhoods of their choice within Morris County. Once an individual has moved into his or her apartment, staff provides support, at times daily, to assist them in achieving personal goals and independence. Services include linking to community resources, helping clients stay medication compliant, assistance with transportation, and linkage to social support resources.
In 2016, RIST and SOS, Supportive Housing, served 138 clients with intensive needs. Of these clients:
In 2017, we will be changing the name of the program to Community Support Services (CSS).