Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program, which is commonly called PRP, provides individualized care to people with Mental Disorders. Adult participants to PRP also include individuals that have “the other dual diagnosis” of Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Disorders.
ACIDD Maryland has established multiple rehabilitation services to people with severe mental illness and to individuals who have dual diagnosis of Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) and Mental Disorders. They are currently in PG and Howard Counties of Maryland.
The recipients of PRP services may also be receiving other services from the Public Mental Health System (PMHS) of Maryland. PRP constitutes a Community Mental Health Program Model to help individuals with behavioral health issues to recover and bounce back from weakening conditions in order to perform fully as independent and able individuals in the community. PRP provides individuals to improve or restore independent living and social skills necessary to support their recovery, ability to informed decisions and choices and participation in community life. The services include identifying and utilizing opportunities for socialization, education and employment, maximizing abilities to function successfully in society. Services will assist them with regaining effective impulse control and improve self-esteem, assisting in acquiring the skills necessary for daily independent living, nutrition, personal grooming, and prevention of illness. PRP also recommends strategies on money management, occupational preparation, and cultural and community integration.
The range of PRP services involves understanding of ideas for behavioral management, improved social and daily living skills, and employment integration. The program provides a review of their somatic status to include health problems relating to allergies, neurologic disorders and communicable diseases. Additional services include rehabilitation activities , medication management, wellness of individuals and on call and emergency response 24/7 towards individual’s recovery, and improvement or restoration of skills.
One of the rehabilitation goals of PRP is to guide the individuals to Supported Employment in the community for independence. Through this model, employment shall be maintained by the individual in the community with on-going vocational support services.
Who are the beneficiaries of PRP?
The people served under PRP include adult individuals that have deteriorating mental and emotional well-being. They also include individuals with dual diagnosis of Developmental Disability and Mental Illness. These individuals face the threats of persistent thoughts of suicide, persistent feelings of hopelessness and despair, feelings of anxiety and nervousness; sleeplessness; difficulty in concentrating; and increased use of drinking and smoking. They have lack of appetite or excessive eating, difficulty in making decisions, and suffer withdrawals from the society. These are people with hypersensitivity, panic, odd behaviors and those who hear voices.
Staff To Individuals Ratio:
For every 10 individuals who participate in our on-site PRP services, there will be one Direct Support Rehabilitation Counselor (who has minimum qualification of an undergraduate degree, experience and extensive training) to undertake rehabilitation tasks. If an individual has opted for off-site PRP services, the Direct Support Rehabilitation Counselor will visit the individual at an off-site facility in the community chosen by the individual and at a convenient time of the individual. There shall be person-centered care for both on-site and off-site PRP services. A Program Director and a Licensed Rehabilitation Specialist are working round the clock to guide the Direct Support Rehabilitation Counselors to help provide PRP services to the individuals.
Currently, PRP on site services are provided at two locations – Howard County office located at 5999 Harpers Farm Road, E-250, in Columbia, Maryland and 300 Thomas Drive in Laurel, Maryland. Off-site PRP locations in the community are selected by the individuals at their convenience and as directed in their Individual Rehabilitation Plans. The hours of operation for the on-site programs are 9:00 am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The program sites are accessible to participants and transportation is provided both ways. Program staff are available to individuals during 24/7, for crisis intervention and emergencies. Under certain circumstances, the individuals may be referred to other providers and mental health professionals for related services that cannot be provided by ACIDD’s program.
Goals, Objectives and outcome:
Behavioral health that encompasses mental health for all individuals is the goal of people who aspire a healthy, well being in society. There is no health without mental health and a wider behavioral health. However, health is adversely affected by growing mental illness among people especially among individuals that have the dual diagnoses of Developmental Disability and Mental Illness. This becomes a denial of people’s identity that results in discrimination, violation of rights, inequality, lack of accessibility and prejudice against people who live with mental illness. The goal is to eliminate all the above and make people live a healthy life at the same level for all.
The specific objectives of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP)- are to make people who are affected by mental disorders recover from their illness, being inclusive and feel equality with others and have services received to grow and change their status in society. Mental Health Programs such as PRP for adults promote awareness about mental health issues, independence and choice, emphasize human rights, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses besides gaining employment in an in integrated system for independence.
PRP brings creative ways of becoming independent and recovery from serious mental illness and maintenance of jobs. The intent is to promote the development and implementation of effective program to enhance healthy psychological development of minds and reduce mental health barriers to mental stability. The overarching goal is to offer services that reduce barriers to independence, learning, protection of rights and choice and enhance healthy psychological development of people affected by mental stress and disorders.
The measurable program outcome that forms the basis for this program is based on four goal areas of prevention, recovery, education and independence. They reflect the established needs of Maryland’s mental health needs of individuals and families establishing health and mental health for all who receive services in Maryland. The overall goals are to rehabilitate adults with behavioral issues and serious mental disabilities by providing outstanding rehabilitative services while providing cultural experiences in the process.
How to join Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PRP)?
An individual joins PRP after she/he is referred to the program by a Licensed professional such as a Therapist, Psychiatrist and another licensed professional. A individual’s physician is NOT eligible to refer his/her patient to PRP directly. Individuals also have to belong to a Priority population to receive PRP services. If you currently do not receive psycho-therapy services from a psycho-therapist to qualify for PRP, we can arrange therapy for you at ACIDD.