Norton Court, a former ALSO-Cornerstone program, offers rehabilitative services to individuals with mental illness to help ensure that they are able to live successfully in the community. Norton Court is the only strictly scattered-site program in the New Haven area, and has been successful in reducing clients’ risk of hospitalization.
Assistance in finding appropriate and affordable housing
Instruction in the management of daily routine
Self-administration of medications
Assistance in accessing entitlements and community resources
An extended level of care component provides the option of a period of less intensive support, or services to less disabled individuals, to promote their success in independent living. The Norton Court Program has the flexibility to help place and work with individuals with a physical disability. Staff is on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. During office hours, clients are provided with an emergency cell phone number in which they can contact staff. After office hours, the program director is available via pager system.
Some of the services that will be provided on site at Norton Court include housekeeping tasks, budgeting of finances and bill paying, as well as planning for social and recreational activities. Currently there are eight psychosocial groups that run seven days a week:
Clients are also given help to achieve greater independence, as they are able to make and keep medical and behavioral health appointments, and begin to take required medications. Clients are assessed and helped with utilization of transportation. A close collaboration with other agencies occurs, allowing for the utilization of vocational and educational services. These collaborations involve other network agencies, but may also include local schools, colleges and varied employers. The case managers are often in contact with clients' clinicians, doctors, nurses, dentists, landlords, attorneys, family members and if appropriate and permitted by the client, involves them in the ongoing case management process.
For more information about the Norton Court program, please contact Teresa O'Sullivan, Program Manager, at (203) 562-8260, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.