Park Street Inn (PSI), formerly of ALSO-Cornerstone, is a 15-bed Residential Living Center designed to meet the needs of adult individuals who have histories of multiple or prolonged hospitalizations, due to mental illness, and who face complex challenges that complicate their recovery. PSI is operational 7 days a week, 24 hours per day, with a staff to resident ratio of 1 to 8.
PSI is an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration between the former ALSO-Cornerstone, Fellowship Place, Yale Program For Recovery and Community Health, and Hill Health Corporation. The program provides a therapeutic, homelike atmosphere, where residents can safely address their individual needs. Through a high-structure, low demand community setting, the PSI program provides residents with a period of transition designed to assist them in gaining the skills they need to live more independently in the community. The program is designed to meet the needs of persons who previously were unable to access the appropriate combination of resources in the community and require a high level of support to assist them in developing fundamental skills that will allow them to return to their community of origin or community of choice.
While in the program, residents work closely with case management staff and Fellowship Place staff to acquire life and employment skills that will support each individual’s goals. Clinical and psychiatric services are provided on-site. The medical needs are addressed by on-site nursing from the Hill Health Corporation. The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) provides staff training and consultation as the philosophical commitment to supporting an individualized process of recovery is put into day-to-day practice.
Program Description of Services
Education of the resident is an integral part of helping them learn the skills necessary to maintain independence in the community. PSI focuses on those skills that a person would use in their daily activities to live and function independently. Residents are always encouraged to do as much as they are able and capable of doing for themselves. The rehabilitation program may include, but is not limited to the following:
Assistance with symptom management, attendance of psychosocial groups
Personal hygiene and self-care
Shared responsibility for the care of the house, including house meetings
Adaptive Daily Living Skills, such as meal planning, problem solving, etc.
Budgeting and use of money
Use of transportation systems
Referrals into the program come from all four state-run hospitals, including the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, the Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center, Connecticut Valley Hospital, and the Hartford Community Mental Health Center. The program works with the existing Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Local Mental Health Authority structure to coordinate each resident’s individual service/recovery plan from the point of early engagement through enabling a successful transition to his/her community of origin or choice.
For more information about Park Street Inn, contact Melissa Mascari, Program Director, at (203) 848-3061, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.