Purpose

MHANYS CarePath™ Program assists individuals and their families or identified supporters in developing a comprehensive strategy called a CarePath™. This innovative program strengthens the overall health and well-being of individuals and families managing post-discharge from any type of treatment facility and support healthy reconnections amongst family, friends, and within the community, be it – job, school, or other association.

This one-of-a-kind program was developed by MHANYS to supplement discharge planning and aftercare while educating families on whole family health and well-being. It guides and supports a group as they create a climate of well-being and connectedness in which the mental health of everyone is valued and supported. CarePath™ participants come to understand their health and well-being is not in isolation of each other.

Why?

Families are typically ‘First Responders’ for many individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders. Frustrated family members often call 911 because they do not have the skills to deescalate situations that lead to crisis and end up calling the police, going to the emergency room, and/or promoting repeat hospitalizations. Families need to be equipped with the tools and resources that acknowledge and maximize shared contributions in care planning and aftercare amongst the support network, and at the same time, teaches how to preserve and respect the integrity of each member’s own health.

What is a CarePath™? 

A CarePath™ is a blueprint for maintaining better overall health and well-being. CarePath™ participants develop realistic expectations about the process of recovery and learn the language of health together. The group learns about health and wellness together and each participant creates their own CarePath™. This shared experience allows family members and supporters to better support their loved one. Each are engaged in choices that direct and promote a sense of well-being for themselves making it easier to relate to others in the group. The loved one in need, who is no longer the only focus, can also offer support and encouragement to their supporters in this group effort.

Managing or recovering from chronic mental and/or substance use disorders often goes beyond what traditional treatment and discharge planning can do. MHANYS CarePath™ Program assists individuals and their families or identified supporters in designing their own comprehensive path to better overall health and wellness.

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Contact:

Deborah Faust
Director of Family Engagement & Support Services
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS)
518-434-0439 x 221
dfaust@mhanys.org