DMHSA Reports 8 New Homes Added to “Residential Recovery Program”

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Guam – The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse [DMHSA] has announced that 8 additional residential homes have been added to the Department’s “Residential Recovery Program”.

 

According to a release from the DMHSA, that briongs to 11 the total number of homes available to patients in the program.

The release states that the program is committed to “a culture of recovery throughout its systems of care … At the core of the program is a structured level system in which consumers [patients] are initially placed in the least restrictive level of care to meet their needs. As the consumers build independent living, coping, and social skills, they progress through the RRP until they are ready for independent community living.”

DMHSA has also announced that they have also opened opened Young Adult Programs, Guma Kamia and Guma Pahong. “These programs are specifically designed for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who have aged out of juvenile services but need a higher level of care before they return home to their families or become independent in the community.”

READ the DMHSA release in FULL below:

The DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
PRESS RELEASE
“Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest       members; the last; the littlest.”  Cardinal Roger Mahony (1998)

The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is proud to announce that efforts continue to focus on assimilating consumers into community settings by placing them in homes through its Residential Recovery Program.

The year 2012 has indeed made milestones in its Residential Recovery Program by adding eight (8) additional homes bringing the total of residential care settings to eleven (11). These residential homes are wrapped in a full array of services to support the recovery of the Department’s consumers.

The guiding principle in all of the Department’s client-centered programs is the commitment to a culture of recovery throughout its systems of care, in its interactions with one another, and with those persons and families who entrust them with their care.

The Department focuses on promoting independence, encouraging self-sufficiency, and improving the quality of life of its consumers.

At the core of the program is a structured level system in which consumers are initially placed in the least restrictive level of care to meet their needs. As the consumers build independent living, coping, and social skills, they progress through the RRP until they are ready for independent community living.

The Department is in partnership with the Guam Housing and Renewal Authority in providing shelter accommodations for those eligible under their housing programs.

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Another exciting development of the RRP is our recently opened Young Adult Programs, Guma Kamia and Guma Pahong. These programs are specifically designed for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who have aged out of juvenile services but need a higher level of care before they return home to their families or become independent in the community. Developmentally appropriate activities, therapeutic interventions, and further education or job skills training are essential to the success of these young adults and all of these services are provided through the RRP Young Adult Program.

The journey to recovery is not always easy. DMHSA is committed to empowering consumers to be actively involved in their treatment, emphasizing strengths, recognizing needs, and empowering consumers to reach their fullest potential. The RRP is one place consumers can begin their journey.