I had a 9-year gig as the Living Life columnist for SZ magazine, formerly Schizophrenia Digest, along with my service at HealthCentral.
The magazine featured articles on mental health centers and therapeutic residential options.
I want to pick up on this and highlight services in America here at HealthCentral. Often, the Internet is the first source of information for individuals facing medical conditions.
First I'll give you some statistics:
U.S. annual economic indirect cost of mental illness is $317 Billion, largely due to loss of productivity. The right combination of therapies and medication results in a 60 to 80 percent recovery rate.
Barriers like limited access to services and ongoing stigma could prevent individuals from getting help.
I present our first agency with these things in mind: Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka, Kansas, formerly Shawnee Community Mental Health Center, provides mental health and addictions treatment services for adults
Valeo does not deny services due to inability to pay for their most vulnerable target population: those experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. The agency offers a sliding fee payment schedule.
Valeo is Latin for "to be well." The center strives to provide early screening for mental health and substance abuse. The agency is a certified Mental Health First Aid teaching center that trains the public on how to respond when someone is experiencing symptoms.
Valeo offers 24-hr. crisis services for assessment, intervention, and assists law enforcement with Topeka's Crisis Intervention Team, and Crisis Response Unit.
Their phone number is (785) 233-1730 M to F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is the latest of the national Evidenced Based Practices (EBP) to be implemented in the state of Kansas. Valeo Behavioral Health Care Center in Topkea, Kansas began an IMR pilot project one year ago.
This evidence-based practice educates individuals experiencing mental illness by giving them information and coping skills to help manage the illness, make informed treatment decisions, and develop recovery goals. Topics include recovery strategies, facts about mental illness, and healthy lifestyles, along with others.
"Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of changing one's attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with the limitations caused by illness."
Valeo also offers Services for Employment Success (SES) and is a Ticket to Work Employment Network Provider.
The agency offers assessment of vocational strengths and skills, assistance with identifying career goals, job skills training and job placement as part of Supported Employment Services.
Valeo offers many services among their 29 different programs yet I will end here with one of their programs that meets a critical need.