Permanent Housing Placement
Dual Diagnosis Workshop
The on-site medical assistant, physician's assistant and consulting
physician conduct a medical history of all clients admitted for services.
Problem-focused physical examinations along with treatment plan and/or
follow-up services are provided. The client will also receive information,
instruction, and counseling on health maintenance, health promotion,
social problems, illness prevention and management, and use of medication.
The physician's assistant provides weekly on-site health education workshops.
Topics include: effective breast examination, tuberculosis, first aid,
pap smear, mammograms, etc.
Greenhope provides HIV/AIDS counseling and support services to all clients affected or infected with the virus including on-site pre- and post-test counseling and education. Several community organizations provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS and STD education that includes basic HIV information, individual risk assessments, risk reduction, negotiating skills, and other related topics.
Initiated in March 2006, the Greenhope CARES program is our newest HIV services program. This program will be housed in its own facility at 2258 Third Avenue as of March 15. It operates citywide and will offer treatment adherence, supportive counseling, and family stabilization services to approximately 120 HIV-positive women per year.
In 2005, Greenhope received funding from the Tiger Foundation to begin the development of a Family Therapy Department. The goal of the program is to provide family counseling to our clients and their families in order to aid in family reunification. This service is rendered to women whose children are in kinship or foster care and are seeking to reestablish ties and visitation rights with their children. Family services will also assist our clients’ family members to interact appropriately with their addicted daughter, mother or sister.
A family therapist will provide 1) intake/assessment of clients for family services; 2) individual family counseling to clients and their family members (as needed); 3) family counseling groups for the families of our clients; 4) court advocacy, and 5) facilitation of parenting skills, domestic violence and trauma (orientation and advanced) workshops. The program also incorporates a second family therapist who will work with clients in the 6 month Aftercare Program.
Having a family therapist work with the clients and families during aftercare will assist Greenhope in its ability to continue to: (1) address special family needs during and provide advocacy and supportive services during the actual reunification (returning of children to the home) period; (2) prevent relapse, recidivism, and job loss during this vulnerable time of re-entry; transitioning to independent living.
A full-time nutritionist provides nutritional counseling and education.
Thirty percent of our clientele is HIV positive and are not receiving
adequate nutritional education for their health and well-being. One
hundred percent of our clientele have poor eating habits and little
exposure to nutritional value and instruction. The nutritionist has
begun to train our clients in proper food preparation and the benefits
of healthy eating. Teaching clients to eat properly will also reduce
the food expenses of clients upon graduation. Their medical expenses
will also be reduced as a result of healthy living.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
The Activities and Daily Living (ADL) Specialist coordinates recreation
and independent living skills activities. The ADL specialist meets with
all new clients, assisting them in becoming acclimated to the program.
The ADL Specialist ensures that new clients are outfitted with shampoo,
soap, deodorant, undergarments, and clothes, when necessary, from our
on-site boutique. The ADL Specialist also spends time assisting with
orientation to the program. The ADL Specialist facilitates three workshops:
Current Events, Activities and Daily Living Workshop, and Independent
Living Skills Group. This person coordinates and escorts clients to
outings, including concerts, plays, museum trips, the Zoo, etc.
A consultant provides literary and creative arts on a weekly basis. This workshop utilizes drama and story telling to provide the clients with another means to find their voice, walk in their power, and turn their past life experiences into the strongest foundation needed to become empowered, independent, drug free and productive members of their communities. Poetry writing, reading, role-plays and video production are also a part this workshop and adds to the clients positive self-expression for a healthy means of communication and positive self-identity. This workshop helps the women become familiar with themselves, authors and artists, and video production. The activities are provided on and off-site.
The fitness program is designed to provide regular physical exercise to reduce stress and health risks. The on-site exercise program increases energy, motivation, and a sense of well-being. A certified group fitness consultant offers aerobics, kickboxing, stretch and tone, step/bench as well as strengthening and toning exercises. Clients are also able to attend community health and fitness centers.
CLIENT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
Greenhope tracks clients’ progress in relapse prevention, sobriety, vocational/educational status, job re-entry, removal from the welfare rolls, family re-unification, and jail/prison recidivism. Greenhope will also be able to more effectively work with Philliber Research Associates to analyze and evaluate its program.