For decades Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan has been humbly providing compassionate treatment and recovery programming for mental illness and substance abuse disorders. LSS quality CCS programs provide services to individuals across the lifespan meeting a variety of local needs.
With our network of experienced staff and focused community-based approach we are able to co-create a range of services best suited for the needs of each client. As a dedicated partner with county stakeholders and community providers we have proven successful, evidence-based outcomes in the creation of comprehensive individualized treatment and recovery plans that are essential for success.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services outcomes show that Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) successfully achieves its goal to
reduce costly, acute services such as inpatient, crisis, and emergency services for many of its participants and can improve living situations for adult participants. CCS also decreases the likelihood of suicide attempts and suicidal ideations among youth participants across the state.
The LSS Service Facilitator assesses client strengths and needs then works with the client to assemble a Recovery Team. CCS services are provided in the client’s home, within the community or at our offices and facilities. LSS is flexible and works collaboratively with the client, client’s family and the county to deliver services at times that work for all parties, as chosen by the client and indicated in the service plan. The Service Facilitator ensures that the recovery plan is coordinated, monitored and designed to support the client to help them reach their highest potential.
Clients are provided with customized plans for Wellness Management and Recovery, Individual Skill Development, Individual or Family Psychoeducation and Substance Abuse Treatment and training in communication skills and community connections to support individuals dealing with ongoing mental and physical health issues to live their best life possible. These can include but are not limited to:
- Daily living skills, budgeting, grocery shopping, time management
- Utilizing public transportation
- Resource and referral to relevant local programs and providers
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Setting up community appointments
- Integration with local church and community centers and social networks
- Job applications assistance and employment support
Inclusion of natural supports and family – who is important to you?
Respect of client values – what is important to you?
Flexibility of services – What you need, when you need it
Community – services will be provided where you need and want them
Respect of client choice – it’s up to you!
A Mentor for Mason
Mason is 16 years old and has been enrolled in the CCS program for about a year and a half. He is a charming, funny teenager with amazing artistic abilities. Mason has a trauma history, struggles with anxiety and is on the autism spectrum. When I met Mason, he was on shortened school days due to his explosive behaviors and threatening comments. He was unable to ride the bus to school, and spent most of his school day with 1:1 support in the resource room. He was unable to identify the things that triggered his behavior, and rarely had opportunities to interact with his peers. He had been hospitalized for suicidal statements at one point. At home, Mason made threatening and violent comments toward his sister and was not able to be left unattended.
The CCS team worked with Mason, his family and teachers to learn as much as we could about Mason, his strengths and needs. Mason received therapy to help him work through his past trauma. A mentor spent time with Mason in the community, helping him to improve his social skills and gain experience in a variety of settings. A therapist met with Mason at school once a week to help him work through his struggles there. Mason was able to learn to identify his feelings and also what would help him when he became upset. He gradually was moved to full school days.
He now rides the bus to school and is in class with his peers approximately 75% of the time. Mason eats lunch in the cafeteria with his friends. At home, he has been able to improve family relationships and decrease the frequency of his outbursts. When Mason becomes frustrated, he still gets upset, but he is able to reach out to his teacher or one of his providers, who are able to help him to identify what will help him in the situation, whether it be a walk around the building, quiet time listening to music or just some time to draw. He is always able to return to his activities.
With the help of his CCS team, Mason has grown immensely, from working through his past trauma to learning to interact with his peers, Mason is on the path to recovery.