Social Work Services
Social workers at CMHI-Fort Logan are assigned to each of the four hospital treatment teams. They perform five important services. These include assessment and reassessment, the coordination of treatment/recovery planning, psychiatric treatment, case management, and discharge and aftercare planning.
- Assessment and re-assessment includes the establishment of a strong connection with clients and their families in an effort to generate relevant information that is used to collaboratively address their needs based upon their strengths, their expectations and their goals. An emphasis is also placed upon the assessment and integration of information generated by other disciplines, including nursing and physicians, and the wishes of the referring Community Mental Health Center. The collection and review of information continues throughout the client's stay so that the efforts of staff may be adjusted according to the progress that is being made in treatment.
- Treatment / Recovery planning includes the coordination of team planning and the engagement of the client and family members in the planning in an effort to focus the client's treatment on the most significant problems and objectives. It includes an ongoing review of progress in relation to the treatment and services provided so that plans can be modified and staff interventions can be redirected as necessary. There is an emphasis on the development of measurable objectives for the client and the identification of targeted interventions that capitalize on the client's strengths and assets.
- Treatment interventions include patient and family education and individual, group, and family therapy. There is an emphasis on Recovery and Strengths-based Care and on the development of wellness plans. Social work interventions emphasize the development of skills and coping strategies, as well as the generation and mobilization of resources to improve or enhance client functioning.
- Case management includes initiatives to resolve problems and concerns that impact the client or family, to identify and link the client with necessary support services, and to monitor and support client progress in relation to issues that may disrupt the treatment process.
- Discharge and aftercare planning involves the engagement of the client and family in preparation for movement from the hospital and linking them with aftercare services. It includes assessment of aftercare needs, serving as a liaison with Community Mental Health Center and Behavioral Health Organization personnel, the identification and arrangement of aftercare services including residential options, preparation of the client for movement from the hospital, and the implementation of the client’s discharge plan.