Nature of the Problem
Individuals with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other individuals in our society and experience high rates of unemployment. The Nation Alliance for Mental illness reports that 1 in 17 adults lives with a serious mental illness. Based on Warren County’s census of 106,000 over 6000 Warren County residents live with a serious mental illness. The National Alliance of Mental Health has reported that the unemployment rate for mental health consumers is over 80%.
What We Do to Address the Problem
Rehabilitation services are offered through FGC’s Gateway Partial Care and Supported Employment Programs:
• Partial Care provides a structured, vocationally oriented therapeutic day program that focuses on the development of life skills, illness management and health and wellness practices. These services are designed to engage and empower individuals who are in recovery from a serious mental illness to master independent community living skills.
• The Supported Employment Program provides vocational assessment, job development, job placement, job coaching and post employment follow-up support services. Securing competitive employment is a key factor in successful community integration for persons recovering from a serious mental illness.