Mental Health is Everyone’s Business
We know that people need the right resources and support to get and stay well. Those right resources–evidenced based practices–are the tools, training, resources and systems which support all who commit to the journey toward mental health wellness and recovery.
Evidence Based Practice is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Clinical expertise refers to the clinician’s accumulated experience, education and clinical skills. The patient brings to the encounter his or her own personal preferences and unique concerns, expectations, and values. The best research evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology.Evidence based practices used by Kaposia include:
- WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
WRAP for people with developmental distinctions
WRAP for Adults with mental health challenges
WRAP for Youth
WRAP for Veterans and Military Family Members
- Peer Support (peer support specialist training and certification)
- Agency Transformational Training-person centered care with emphasis on strength based continuum of care with wrap around supports and services
- Warm Lines—peer to peer telephone support, non-crisis daily support
The Mental Health Employment Services division of Kaposia provides non-medical trauma informed care, technical assistance, evidence based training, education and consultation to individuals, systems and programs that seek to implement these approaches to service delivery.
No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Trauma affects the individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues.
Becoming “trauma-informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them. Often, trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community.
Training, Services and Support
WRAP® – Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)® is an evidence-based practice designed to help individuals set their own recovery and wellness goals and create a plan outlining their tools and resources for achieving those goals.
WRAP® provides the opportunity for participants to explore their own personal recovery goals and develop strategies to:
- Promote higher levels of wellness
- Decrease traumatic life events caused by severe symptoms
- Decrease the need for costly, invasive therapies
- Encourage participants’ hopes and their active efforts to be well
- Promote a greater sense of empowerment and personal responsibility
Participants begin by developing a wellness toolbox and exploring the key recovery concepts.
SELF ADVOCACY: It is important for all of us to be able to identify and articulate our needs. Self-advocacy does not always mean getting what we want, but expressing our needs is empowering.
HOPE: Because of their challenges, many people have internalized messages of hopelessness. WRAP® promotes a vision of hope that upholds each person’s recovery and dreams without limits.
EDUCATION: All participants and facilitators understand that we are continually learning about ourselves, our goals, and the skills we need to achieve those goals.
SUPPORT: Once individuals identify what we need, we can choose where and how to build our support system.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Ultimately we are all responsible for our own lives. Personal responsibility explores the many ways we learn how to take responsibility for ourselves and our decisions.
As part of WRAP®, participants create their “Wellness toolbox.” Wellness tools are the things that help us to maintain our wellness. Participants identify their individual wellness tools and decide how they can be used in each of the 6 sections of WRAP®.
Sections of WRAP®
- Daily maintenance plan
- Triggers that cause symptoms
- Early warning signs
- When things are breaking down
- Crisis Plan
- Post-Crisis Plan
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is WRAP® treatment?
WRAP® is meant to complement, not replace, any other “treatment” that individuals may choose to utilize. It is a non-clinical, individual system.
Who should use WRAP®?
The plan can be used by anyone who wants to increase understanding of their own health, and create a process to achieve wellness.
Does WRAP® help people with psychiatric diagnoses recover?
ABSOLUTELY! WRAP® is a tool that can help all people enhance the quality of their lives.
- Warm Lines
- Call a Warm Line
- Be a Warm Line Operator
- Text for Life
- WRAP Peers Advocating, Listening and Supporting (PALS)
- Join PALS for others
- Find PALS for yoursels
- Peer Support Training
- Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist has self-identified as a person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder of mental illness and substance abuse, and who has successfully navigated the service system to access the treatment and resources necessary to build personal recovery and success with his or her life goals. This individual undergoes training on how to assist other persons with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders in fostering their own wellness, based on the principles of self-directed recovery. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment found in self-directed recovery and assists others who are diagnosed with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders to achieve control over their own recovery process.
- Discovering Your Personal Genius
- Individual Placement and Support
- Transformational Training
- Technical Assistance