Recovery Options: Valeo Behavioral Health Care

  • 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

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    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.

    Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) offers case management services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness and a substance abuse disorder at the same time.  Often even today it's hard to find a treatment center that will treat co-occurring disorders together at once. 

    In addition to providing community based care programs, Valeo has several residential programs.  One is a 32-bed private pay program for anyone across the U.S. specializing in long term and transitional care for mental health recovery. It is called “Valeo Community Residence Program”.   


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    There is one Crisis Residential program (17 beds) and one Transitional Residential program (18 beds for Medicaid only), both serving primarily Shawnee County Residents. 

    Valeo also has a 32-bed inpatient program and a Re-integration Program on the Valeo Recovery Center unit for substance abuse treatment. 

    I'll end with a client testimonial:

    "Valeo's mental health programs are so important because they really help a person get their sense of identity and independence back, and meet a real need in the community.  My definition of being well is to have a purpose.   When I get up in the morning to know that I count, I matter, I have a sense of self in the community.  I have a purpose.  I maintain my apartment.  I have been able to get back to my writing, and done work for two documentary films.  Recovery can be a lifelong process.  You have to accept the good things as well as the bad, and when you have setback don't think of it as the end, think of it as a new starting point."



    You can log on to the Valeo Behavioral Health Care Website

Published On: August 27, 2013