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Helping our Consumers:

October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Helping our Consumers:

Live Independent, Productive Lives.

Mental illness does not define who we are as people. The defining factor is who we are today as a result of our struggles, and who we’ll be tomorrow when life inevitably throws new challenges in our way. With support and guidance from our caring, compassionate staff, and the steps CHCS is actively pursuing to ensure we’re offering the highest quality, person-centered, trauma-informed care, CHCS consumers are finding respite in safe, nurturing spaces where they can weather the crisis, build resiliency, and pursue an independent, productive life with a renewed sense of hope.

For the six in ten Americans with mental illness who go untreated each year, additional community resources are desperately needed, and we are no exception here in Bexar County. In an effort to promote better access to quality care for those living with complex mental illness and/ or addiction, The Center is actively engaged in efforts toward becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). By working within the CCBHC model, CHCS will be adopting new guidelines to offer a more comprehensive, coordinated and integrated model of care.

To further ensure that our clients are working toward a better and brighter tomorrow, it’s imperative that we give them a nurturing place where they can determine to find their path to wellness. In December 2018, CHCS in partnership with Bexar County, opened a new Adult Behavioral Health Clinic in the heart of the city’s
west side. The Paul Elizondo Adult Behavioral Health Clinic provides integrated primary and behavioral health care, medication follow-ups, case management, and wellness education classes for chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.

Additionally, CHCS is committed to developing dynamic programs and services that can help our consumers transition back into the community. For some, that might mean reconnecting with loved ones and family members, or learning self-help skills like socialization or adaptive skills. For others, it might mean a new lease on life through employment, housing and benefits, or taking control of neglected primary care needs like diabetes or hypertension. At CHCS, our caring and compassionate staff has the experience and resources necessary to help guide clients every step of the way.

  •  Through the Integrated Treatment Program (ITP), CHCS was able to help 145 people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and/or who were chronically homeless, transition into permanent or transitional housing after 135 days in the program.
  •  In FY 2018, the CHCS Supported Employment Program helped 432 consumers obtain and maintain employment, and hosted a city-wide career fair with 24 employers and more than 125 job seekers.
  • Through the Clients Benefits Office, CHCS helps clients obtain, retain and maintain disability benefits including SSI, SSDI, and Medicare/Medicaid. In FY 2018, the Consumer Benefits team served as legal appointment to approximately 1,800 CHCS consumers at reconsideration appeals, hearing requests, and argued court cases on a pro bono basis.

Through these and many other exceptional programs and services, CHCS is helping our clients find hope, regain control of their sobriety, reconnect with family and friends, and transition back into the community.

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