Culture of Wellness Project
VCPI is supporting the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) in a collaborative effort to focus on the issue of wellness. Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked and a focus on overall wellness is becoming commonplace in practices that have traditionally treated either physical or mental health—but not both. With an increased understanding of the fact that people living with a serious mental illness are at higher risk of experiencing a wide range of chronic physical conditions, now mental health practices, as well as the doctor’s office and hospitals, are being called upon to focus in more holistic and integrated ways. Similarly, we have gained in our understanding of the importance of attending to both the physical and mental well-being of those who work in helping professions. Health challenges can impact a staff member’s abilities in their work and sometimes the challenges of the work can impact the health of the staff member.
The Culture of Wellness project is designed to assist practices in addressing both of these issues, while maintaining the flexibility to allow each participating provider to focus their efforts in their individual priority areas. The initiative is using an array of strategies including the use of a national consultant who focuses specifically on developing and supporting initiatives to address these complex issues. Participants will also have the opportunity to share emerging best practices with one another, and the benefit of VDH’s significant experience in supporting behavioral change to improve health.
Lastly, we are using proven technology for maximizing the potential of sustainable cultural change in these settings, such as beginning this work with a group of change champions from participating organizations who will play an important role in integrating the new efforts.
We look forward to keeping you updated about the progress of this new project and welcome your questions and ideas.
Integrated Scope of Practice Resource
The Integrated Scope of Practice for Singly Trained Clinicians Working with People with Co-Occurring Issues sheet provides tips and information surrounding screening, trauma-informed approach, treatment planning and support- including stage-matched treatment, interventions, skills training, education and collaboration.Download PDF
Changing the World: Informing Hope, Health & Recovery
This PowerPoint presentation is oriented around transforming systems at every level to be about the needs, hopes and dreams of the people and families with complex needs who come to our door.Download PDF
12 Steps for Clinicians Developing Co-Occurring Competency
An excellent resource for clinicians developing co-occurring competency. These steps are based on the principles of a Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care (CCSC) (Minkoff and Cline, 2004), and can be taken by any clinician within the scope of his or hear existing job category.Download PDF
ILSA-Basic Integrated Longitudinal Strength-based Assessment
The Integrated Longitudinal Strength-based Assessment (ILSA) is a template intended to help clinicians and/or clients walk through the recovery-oriented assessment process step by step and facilitate a recovery-oriented process for adults.Download PDF
ILSA Worksheet for Assessment Supervision
The Integrated Longitudinal Strength-based Assessment (ILSA) is a worksheet for Supervisors to assist staff in developing Co-occurring Competency. The material for discussion is drawn from an assessment recently performed by the staff member or from a video tape assessment.Download PDF
COMPASS-Prevention Prevention Provider Tool
COMPASS-PREVENTION helps programs being the process of developing "recovery and resiliency-oriented co-occurring capability." COMPASS-PREVENTION bring together critical knowledge of what we all have learned over the years about what helps individuals and families- knowledge about integrated services, trauma-informed services, person-centered interventions, cultural competency, population specific services, and most fundamentally, empathetic relationship that inspire hope and help. The most important purpose is to create a foundation for an improvement process through an empowered conversation that involves as many people as possible working together to make progress for the program and its services.Download PDF