Guided by the principles and values of psychosocial rehabilitation, Supportive Housing provides community living for people who have a serious mental illness and require treatment, rehabilitation and support. St. Joseph's Care Group partners with three non-profit landlords, Northern Linkage Community Housing Incorporated, Lutheran Community Housing and Matrix Affordable Housing, to provide safe, affordable housing accommodations. The landlords own the buildings and tenants pay rent to the landlord. The treatment, rehabilitation and support staff are provided by St. Joseph's Care Group. In this recovery oriented program there are two types of accommodation provided, high and medium, based on level of support required. St. Joseph's Care Group also partners with the MOHLTC to coordinate the operation of 6 Homes for Special Care.
High Support housing is geared for people with a serious mental illness who consistently have difficulty: maintaining personal hygiene; meeting nutritional needs; maintaining a household; managing finances and legal issues; avoiding putting self at risk; responding to dangerous situations; accessing transportation; communicating; managing medication and personal health; participating in leisure/social/vocational activities. Usually the people who apply for these services are: inpatients of psychiatric services, people who have had frequent psychiatric hospital admissions and numerous hospital days.
Two 6-bedroom furnished houses and one 5 bedroom furnished house provide a home for a total of 17 tenants requiring 24 hours a day on-site clinical support. One house is on the north side of the city, one on the south side and one is located in a rural setting. The tenants work collaboratively with nursing staff and Community Support Assistants to achieve their optimum level of independent living and to attain their personal goals. Tenants are supported to share the responsibility of maintaining the common areas in their home and planning and preparing meals and to individually maintain their own bedroom. They are supported to manage their finances and their health care needs and to explore and participate in leisure, socialization and work activities.
Medium Support housing is geared for people with a serious mental illness who frequently have difficulty maintaining personal hygiene; meeting nutritional needs; maintaining a household; managing finances and legal issues; avoiding putting self at risk; responding to dangerous situations; accessing transportation; communicating; managing medication and personal health; participating in leisure/social/vocational activities. Usually the people that apply for these services have had frequent psychiatric hospital admissions and numerous hospital days and receive services from a community treatment team that provides services 24 hours per day. There are two apartment complexes offering medium support.
One apartment building has three floors, is on the south side of the city and consists of eight units and has a security entrance. There is no elevator in this building. There are six 2-bedroom apartments and two 3-bedroom apartments. Tenants living here are required to share an apartment but have their own bedroom. Each apartment has its own kitchen, living room, dining area and bathroom and is furnished. This setting can provide accommodation for up to 18 tenants. There is a common room, laundry facilities and an office on the main floor. Community Support Assistants provide 24-hour on-site assistance with all aspects of community living and the community treatment teams, Community Support Program, Outreach to Recovery and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre ACT Teams, provide 24-hour treatment and rehabilitation services. Tenants must be receiving the services one of these teams to be eligible for medium support housing.
Another apartment building has three floors and is on the north side of the city and consists of twelve 1-bedroom furnished apartments in a 36 apartment complex and has a security entrance. There is an elevator in this building. Each apartment has its own bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen and dining area. There is a common room and office area on the main floor and each floor has its own laundry facilities. There is also another common room that can be booked for larger gatherings or special events.
On both sites Community Support Assistants assist tenants with daily living activities such as grocery shopping, cooking, household cleaning, laundry, etc. The community treatment teams work collaboratively with the tenants and the on-site staff to assist the tenants to achieve their optimum level of independent living.
This program provides accommodation for persons with a serious mental illness requiring long term care and community based rehabilitation. St. Joseph's Care Group has a partnership with six Home Operators licensed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care who can accommodate up to 41 clients in these private homes. St. Joseph's Care Group social workers, an occupational therapist and a leisure life skills instructor, provide treatment and rehabilitation and support services for the clients living in these homes.
Referrals are accepted internally and from community hospitals and agencies throughout Northwestern Ontario.