I have originally set out to find out what some of the core services in the District of Columbia are doing to ensure that residents have the best mental health care that they can get in our capital city. I somehow hit a roadblock because there are quite a lot of providers in our area ,so I considered the outcomes of the providers and in its stead it is to provide treatment for the individual's mental health condition and help each individual reach his or her highest attainable level of education, employment,self-care,interpersonal relationships and community participation. The DC Department of Behavioral Health exists to help citizens experiencing psychosocial,emotional and behavioral disorders to get better,do better and stay better in daily life. The term practice refers to the collective set of actions used to plan and deliver interventions and supports. Practice takes place in collaboration with the person(s) served and the social and service related networks and supports, available to help meet the person(s) individualized needs and is guided by self determination and consumer choice. The purpose of practice is to provide a person or family to achieve and adequate level of Well-being (safety,stability and permanency for their independent children) Daily functioning (basic tasks involved in daily life) Basic supports for daily living and fulfillment of key life roles. These functions are needed for an individual to achieve the best benefits and outcomes. I made it my journey to speak to Mr. Patterson the CCO and owner of Universal Healthcare Services I could not help but wonder what made his vision as committed as it was. Mr. Patterson has 9 pillars in his vision for youth in impoverished parts of the Washington DC area. When I asked him what started this venture he merely said "I got tired of going to funerals and good people dying. That is a mouthful statement if you live in this area,some residents like to say since there has been a lot of development and economic recovery that life has gotten better here.,I would simply say for who? If we are speaking of those that have cash brackets of 60K and better than life certainly is better but if you a family that exists on only a little more than benefits and money that you barely can do anything other than pay bills, than it hasn't improved much.Mr. Patterson goes on to say that it has broken his heart when various organizations have promised jobs to many of the young men that his organization helps and services,some are residents at the group homes called 'Grandma's House and Daybreak both are therapeutic in nature and houses adjudicated youth.The CCO stated young men and women need jobs and when I have envisioned employment and have been promised jobs for them I get excited because I feel that they can begin the journey to save and become home owners and pass on these same messages and or legacies to their community,family and later their children and I am let down by either politics or indifference. This writer has seen the long hard road to own homes and businesses, to even have a job shouldn't be a far-fetched idea in this revenue driven day and time but somehow this too has eluded many people and young people especially that live east of the river ,SE Washington and other parts of the city that is our Capital of the United States Employment appears only for those that seem to hold favor amongst those here with the inner workings and power. People have to be given some kind of hope to try and excel in their everyday lives, that I see a lot of learned hopelessness that needs to be addressed by services that aid those that can't break the chains themselves The therapist and clinicians and also CSW's that work at Universal Healthcare set out each day to do just that work with families and individuals that have lost hope and have to learn these skills sets that we take so lightly in our daily regimen. CSW's are the the soldiers of those core services tied into DBH or Department of Behavioral Health which used to be called Department of Mental Health and they go into the homes and communities to assist those that haven't broken the chains of hopelessness and help them address different symptoms that arise from continued abuse from internal and external reasons. Our main goals are to assist our consumers with helping themselves and their families, we do that with challenges and engagements and encounter after encounter until we make a break through and that is all in a day's work one person at a time. I can only say that I applaud those in this city that put their money where their mouth is and that is helping those that are less fortunate then they are but with a definite hope of getting there. Kudos go out to Global Transcendence!!
January 1, 2014