SCHRC Community-based Programs Include ARMHS
SCHRC Community-based Programs Include ARMHS

Community-based Programs: ARMHS, Assertive Community Treatment & Case Management

South Central Human Relations Center offers a broad range of community support services to all age groups. Staff collaborates with a variety of organizations to help provide the best possible support system for our clients.

Case managers serve as advocates for clients, linking them to community services and helping them live independently. Through this program, clients develop goals centered around housing, education, profession, physical and mental health, financial management and other daily living tasks. Case managers then work with clients to acquire community resources — Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, Social Security benefits, public housing, Section 8 housing, and vocational rehabilitation services — to help them achieve these goals. The primary focus of adult case management is to help clients become as independent as possible and to be reintegrated into the community at large.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Diagnosis of a serious and persistent mental illness
  • Resident of Dodge, Steele or Waseca County or financial responsibility of the county
  • 18 years or older
  • Adult Case Management brochure

Case management provides a single point of coordination to help children and their families identify the support they need, and assist them in receiving services. Case managers work with children to assess their strengths and needs, and then develop a service plan that incorporates:

  • Access to community services and resources to meet basic needs, education, health care, financial and social needs
  • Coordination of resources for children and families involved with multiple agencies and/or programs
  • Assistance with medication services provided for a mental health condition
  • Support services such as social skills training, parent education, help learning new coping skills, supportive counseling and crisis intervention

Eligibility criteria:

  • Diagnosis of a serious emotional disturbance
  • Resident of Dodge, Steele or Waseca county or financial responsibility of the county
  • Referral from Dodge, Steele or Waseca County Human Services Child Protection
  • 17 years or younger

The purpose of ARMHS is to help people with a serious mental illness regain lost capabilities. South Central Human Relations Center staff use evidence-based practices to reduce mental illness symptoms, functional limitations and barriers to recovery. ARMHS skills-based training is based around the following:

  • Recovery strategies, including goal setting
  • Practical facts about mental illness
  • The stress vulnerability model and treatment strategies
  • Building social support
  • Using medication effectively
  • Reducing relapses of mental health symptoms
  • Coping with stress

As with all of our services, ARMHS are customized to fit the needs of each client so he or she may lead the most fulfilling life possible.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Diagnosis of mental illness, substantial disability/functional impairment or reduced self-sufficiency
  • Recent diagnostic assessment by a qualified mental health professional that indicates ARMHS are medically necessary
  • Cognitive capacity to benefit from ARMHS treatment

Please review the Sage Enrichment Center brochure for more information.

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program provides an integrated continuum of care for adults with a severe mental illness. Clients work with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals — case managers, therapists, psychiatrists, nurses and others — to produce:

  • Better control of mental health symptoms
  • Lower use of inpatient hospitalizations
  • Better quality of life
  • Improved substance abuse outcomes
  • More independent living

Assertive Community Treatment services are customized to each individual with two primary goals: to decrease psychiatric hospitalizations and increase stable housing.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Authorized referral from Dodge, Steele or Waseca county or insurance provider

Please review the Assertive Community Treatment brochure for more information.