PCH Treatment Center understands that one of the most important aspects of a successful treatment plan is a thorough aftercare plan. Clients leaving intensive residential or day treatment may benefit from supportive services to ensure the smoothest transition possible. Case management and Companion Services can provide clients in transition with much valued structure and support. Mary Rauso, Psy.D. and Kate Ross, M.F.T. oversee and manage the Case Management and Companion Services at PCH Treatment Center.
Case Management Services
Case management services are offered for clients who need a licensed mental health professional to manage and monitor their treatment and progress. The Case Manager communicates with and coordinates all members of the client’s treatment team. The Case Manager is the “quarterback” of the treatment team, which may include the psychologist, family therapist, psychiatrist, life skills companion, and the client’s family. The Case Manager ensures that all involved are working toward the same goals for the client. He or she will make certain that the client is progressing appropriately and following treatment recommendations. In certain cases the Case Manager may also serve as the liaison between the client and family members.
Clients enter treatment to gain an understanding of their emotional issues and diagnoses. Within a structured treatment environment or in residential care, there is support around activities of daily living and other life skills. At discharge, the client has often improved emotionally and may be able to live independently. However, many clients benefit from extra assistance when making the transition to independent living. Life Skills Companions focus on helping the client achieve personal competence goals, which enhance the client’s overall development. Life Skills Companions can assist in many areas of focus that may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Time Management
- Use of public transportation
- Daily/Weekly Scheduling and Planning
- Organizational skills
- Preparation for employment
- Connection to volunteer opportunities
- Social skills
- Shopping, menu planning and meal preparation
- Anxiety management
- Traveling companionship
- Sober companionship
PCH Treatment Center Los Angeles offers an Alumni/Transition Program, to allow former clients to stay connected with peers and to stay in contact with PCH clinical resources. PCH hosts a monthly Alumni group meeting, which is open to former and current clients. PCH also features special events for alumni and current clients. PCH clinical resources and referrals are always available for current and former clients.