The Connecticut Mental Health Center
The Psychosis Program is responsible for the treatment of 370 patients with severe psychotic disorders. The program operates Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Coverage off-hours is provided by the Acute Services Unit and by clinicians providing on-call coverage. In addition to individual and family psychotherapy, psycho- pharmacology, and clinical case management, the program consists of the following disorder-specific components:
1. Group Treatments:
Coffee And Groups provide support, education, and assessment to patients with severe mental illness. Staff administer decanoate injections, observe patients for side effects of medication, and assess efficacy.
Building Healthy Relationships Groups provide support, insight, and behavioral teaching to patients who are struggling with work and relationship issues.
Midlife and Older Women's groups are psychotherapy and support groups for women dealing with developmental issues specific to this age group.
Men's Groups provide supportive psychotherapy for men with schizophrenia.
Home Groups community where experience enjoyment in their lives, to become familiar with community resources, and to develop important tools to enable them to socialize and improve interpersonal skills.
Groups for People with Mild Mental Retardation assist group members concerns, identify feelings, and support each others' efforts to modify problem behaviors and to understand symptoms and the relationship of stress to symptom exacerbation.
Group For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Transexual Persons offers mutual support and therapy for patients with mental illness who also have sexual and gender identity issues.
Trauma Survivors Group provides a 16-week educational and group therapy experience for females who have experienced severe emotional, physical, or sexual trauma.
2. Clozaril Clinic: Clozaril is an antipsychotic medication which has been used at the CMHC for the past six years. It has been made available through the Clozaril Clinic which provides consultation and treatment for patients with psychotic symptoms which have not responded to traditional antipsychotic medication.
Patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia (patients who have failed to respond to two or more of the "standard" antipsychotics) are referred to the Clozaril Clinic. Once referred, the patient has a physical and blood is drawn. If the patient is healthy, s/he may be started on Clozaril in the Clozaril Clinic. The Clinic consists of weekly or bi-weekly blood drawing. In addition, there are Clozaril Clinic support groups to help patients deal with the ramifications of taking Clozaril, educate patients about the medication, and provide mutual support to cope with a severe mental illness. Dosages and prescriptions for Clozaril are also discussed, decided, and dispensed at the Clozaril Clinic. The Clinic takes place every Tuesday morning and provides care for approximately 75 patients.
3. Psychiatric Rehabilitation: In collaboration with the Sub-Acute/Partial Hospital Programs and outpatient social rehabilitation staff, this component provides individuals with meaningful, purposeful activity within the context of daily life responsibilities, work, or productive activities and social/leisure skills.
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