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Community Outreach Programs

The Behavioral Health Network (BHN) offers innovative services to individuals with Co-occurring Disorders of mental illness and chemical use. Through grant funding provided by the NYS Office of Mental Health, BHN is able to fulfill its mission and commitment to serving the members of our community whom often find it challenging to link with needed services.

The BHN has three grant-funded programs that provide much needed services to those with mental illness, chemical addiction or both.

Programs

MICA Net

MICA Net is an outreach program that provides a full continuum of care to adults with severe and persistent mental illness and chemical abuse (MICA) who are not involved with a treatment provider. MICA Net's mission is to link persons who experience numerous challenges in linking to and maintaining relationships with the treatment services that assist them in their recovery from their dual disorders.

MICA Net is staffed with licensed professionals from the areas of social work, chemical dependency and nursing that are knowledgeable in the area of co-occurring disorders. MICA Net Primary Therapists provide clinical and case management outreach in the community, mental health and substance use evaluations, crisis management and coordination of services among multiple agencies/systems in Monroe County.

Referrals to the program are made through Monroe County's Single Point of Access (SPOA) referral process for case management services.

For more information about MICA Net, please contact the program manager at (585) 922-2743.

Homeless MICA

Homeless MICA was designed to be a collective effort between the Housing Unit of the Monroe County Department of Human Services, Rochester Mental Health Center and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. The project assists individuals with a serious mental illness or individuals with mental illness and substance abuse problems who are homeless with obtaining entitlement benefits, finding safe, affordable housing and accessing mental health and/or substance abuse treatment services.

Referral to the program can be made by contacting the program's manager at (585) 922-2743.

Recovery Connections

This program was developed to address the needs of residents of Monroe County with an alcohol or drug dependence diagnosis whom are 18 or older, meet eligibility criteria for Medicaid insurance and have three or more admissions to a detoxification or an inpatient drug and alcohol in the past 12 months. The program is designed to encourage retention in chemical dependency treatment to break the cycle of frequent inpatient encounters and short-lived outpatient treatment episodes. Recovery Connections is aimed at providing clients with the necessary case management support to successfully engage in an appropriate outpatient treatment regimen.

The case manager develops a plan of care that is specific to the unique needs of each client taking into consideration issues related to the person's culture, leading to a mix of services and the manner in which support is provided that lead to consistent program participation.

For referral information, please contact the Recovery Connections Program Manager at (585) 922-2743.

Peer Services: Peer Advocacy Team for Habilitation (PATH)

The PATH program employs Peer Coaches who have been recipients of mental health services to provide support and outreach to recipients of mental health service who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The PATH program works with recipients of mental health services toward achieving their goals by assisting in the development of self-advocacy skills, the development of peer networks and connection to formal resources.

The staff of the PATH program are knowledgeable regarding the resources in the community, especially as it relates to housing needs, as well as having the personal experience of the process of recovering from a mental health disorder.

For more information or to make a referral to the program, please contact the PATH Program Manager at (585) 922-2743.