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Adult Intensive Services (AIS) are community and home-based programs designed to assist individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses to live independently in the community. Through linkage, coordination of care, advocacy, and teaching daily-living skills, we work to ensure that patients sustain community-based living. Programs include Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Stepping Stones Clubhouse. For more details, please see program descriptions listed below. 

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT):

The Assertive Community Treatment program follows the ACT model of team-provided services, allowing for individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness living in Cass County to obtain the support needed to reduce their risk of inpatient care or state hospital placement. ACT services allow for increased face-to-face time with skills trainers, as well as assisting with medication monitoring, and increased coordination of care between skills trainers and patients’ medical providers (both psychiatric and physical health). Staff provides an interdisciplinary approach 7 days a week, with a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, and various recovery coaches who closely coordinate with the team regarding patient needs. 

Stepping Stones Clubhouse:

The Stepping Stones Clubhouse program is accredited through Clubhouse International, follows the 37 clubhouse standards, and is open all major holidays as well as one Saturday a month. The Clubhouse program aids patients in developing skills in cooking, cleaning, using computers, handling money, and also fosters interpersonal and communication skills. In addition to skills training with regular staff, the Clubhouse also offers presentations on topics such as healthy eating, diabetes management, yoga, exercising, safety, and much more, all provided by individuals in the community who work in the local hospital, fire department, police department, etc.

The Stepping Stones Clubhouse also features a transitional employment program to assist patients in progressing to the point where they can be ready to seek long-term employment by providing them with short-term positions with local employers where they can use extensive staff assistance, even including coverage of scheduled shifts if they are in crisis. In addition to education, the Clubhouse is an environment in which patients can come and spend time with peers, use computers, get lunch, read books, and enjoy free time in a fun and open atmosphere. 

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