Skills Building ServicesPRS, Inc. Community Support Services is a life skills training service designed to assist clients with making changes to move into recovery from mental illnesses/brain diseases. This includes clients who have co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse/dependence, clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders and clients who have concurrent medical issues. Objectives include:
- Assisting clients in learning and implementing daily living skills in order to increase self-sufficiency and ability to live independently in the community.
- Assisting clients with the upkeep of a residence to reduce risk of eviction from housing.
- Empowering clients to take responsibility for their lives, to make informed decisions and to become invested in recovery.
- Helping clients improve social skills and use of leisure time.
- Helping clients improve overall wellness, increase strengths and resilience.
- Collaborating with other healthcare providers, family and/or significant others to ensure that comprehensive service needs are met.
PRS Community Support Specialists partner with clients to make real life changes by developing and practicing life skills. The following list includes a sample of skills training activities that persons served often need and desire to recover, to increase independent living skills and to improve health and wellness:
Shopping for food
Cooking healthy meals
Paying bills on time
Completing hygiene tasks
Reducing substance use
Implementing coping strategies
Completing household tasks
Practicing safety procedures
Establishing a daily routine
Accessing community resources
Using public transportation
Improving problem-solving skills
Developing work readiness
In order to learn, practice and implement life skills, each client will participate in regularly scheduled home visits, community integration activities and case management meetings when applicable. Service may be provided in the home or other community settings, such as banks, grocery stores, etc.Clients are encouraged to address physical health care issues in addition to illness management and recovery for brain disorders. It is essential that persons with concurrent medical problems or co-occurring disorders address comprehensive needs in order to make lifestyle changes to improve overall wellness. Services are integrated so that clients balance needs and develop skills to cope with multiple disorders. All services are based on a client’s needs and desires, are person centered, recovery oriented and strengths based.This service is funded by Medicaid (Mental Health Skill Building Services), private pay and the Community Consolidated Funding Pool (CCFP) for Fairfax County.