The Centerstone Clinic is the first of its kind in Oregon, blending traditional mental health services with Peer Delivered Services. The Centerstone Clinic is for residents of Clackamas County to access help 7 days per week. It opens later this month near the Clackamas Town Center.
In addition to offering traditional crisis supports, persons can access Peer Delivered Services, which include: problem solving and crisis support, in home or community based person directed planning, WRAP® plans, in home respite support, Hearing Voices groups, transportation planning, RentWell© education, medication empowerment education, resource support, facilitating community integration and work activities.
This valuable resource will be available for people who just walk in off the street, and also will be an option that other parts of the mental health system can offer for people in need. The Clackamas County Crisis Line, Crisis Services, and Commitment Investigators will all be able to make referrals.
The Centerstone Clinic is based on the Sanctuary Model. Their website states “The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture”, and “The concept of ‘sanctuary’ refers to the important emphasis we place on the active and conscious development of a sense of safety within the context of a therapeutic milieu”.
Those of us who have been in a mental health crisis know how vitally important that feeling of safety is to helping us come out of our crisis. When we are in a safe and welcoming place, we are able to take those first steps on the road to our recovery.
The idea of ‘changing an organizational culture’ is also timely in these days of healthcare transformation in Oregon. Empowerment Initiatives is uniquely qualified to be in partnership with Clackamas County in the development and delivery of these new services. Empowerment Initiatives has been delivering cutting-edge services to Peers in Oregon since April 2004. They are run by people with a lived experience of mental health issues.
Empowerment Initiatives is a nationally recognized expert in Peer Brokerage Services. They currently provide Peer Supports at several of Clackamas County’s supported housing, clinics, and also work with Crisis Services.
Together, Empowerment Initiatives and Clackamas County are blending their strengths to provide new opportunities for people with a lived experience of mental health issues to find safety and recovery in their lives.