It is the goal of GHCCM to provide the support necessary for personal growth. The ministry is now providing behavioral health services to promote treatment and recovery for individuals who would benefit from counseling and classes. These individuals have been diagnosed with mental illness or substance-use disorders.
Through the GHCCM Medical Clinic and the Whole Life Center, the following is now offered:
- Two Peer Support Specialists
- Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
- Establishes and works with neighbors to improve their emotional, financial, and spiritual stability
- Identifies and addresses the social determinants of health that may be keeping neighbors in poverty
- Seeks solutions to issues related to neighbors’ needs and further coordinates available services
- WRAP specialists work with neighbors on a life, health, and wellness assessment
- Group Classes
- Spiritual Support Study
- Behavior modification
- Life skills
One-on-one peer support is offered at the Whole Life Center and through the Medical Clinic. For established and new patients who qualify for a GHCCM medical card, most medications are available free of charge at the GHCCM Pharmacy.
Individuals who qualify for service through Behavioral Health and Wellness, but do not qualify for the medical card will receive support services through the Whole Life Center.
Group meetings will address the following:
- Social determinants of health
- Practice goal setting through the Wellness Recovery Action Planning module
Group classes will include the following:
- Spiritual support and counseling offered at The Whole Life Center for individuals wanting to take the next step in their journey.
Upcoming group classes offered:
- Healthy Decision Making
- Building Relationships
- Spiritual Navigation
- Celebrate Recovery
Jane Duralia, RN, GHCCM Medical Clinic
Clinical Peer Support Specialist
Twanna Bowens, GHCCM Whole Life Center
Peer Support Specialist
MEDICAL CLINIC HOURS
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST GIVES A HELPING HAND:
58-year-old male who is homeless but occasionally “stays with his sister” is a patient of the GHCCM medical Clinic. He has a myriad of diagnoses from Hep. C, multiple substance use (alcohol to cocaine), Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar type), uncontrolled Insulin Dependent type 2 Diabetes, and Seizure Disorder.
When he arrived at a Medical Clinic for one of his appointments, he handed the Peer Support Specialist a handful of disability paperwork, saying “I’m having trouble understanding all the words”. As staff worked with him to complete the documents, he stated, “I just don’t remember”. With help and guidance from trained staff, eventually the forms were completed.
On a return visit, he brings in another SS envelope, with a due date two weeks past due. After numerous calls to DSS, having the neighbor to sign representative paperwork, and the DSS representative going up the ladder of command, his case is reopening in appeal for a hearing for him to receive Medicaid. His comment follows: “I do not know what I would do without the loving help from CCM”.
EACH DAY PEER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS PROVIDE HOPE TO OUR NEIGHBORS:
Mentally challenged, 44-year-old male, raised by his grandmother from age 5, has been coming to CCM/WLC for diabetic care because of his uncontrolled diabetes.
His Grandmother died in late 2021 which caused a tremendous amount of frustration and fear. As a result of her death, he was in the care of an uncle who was antagonistic and threating. GHCCM Peer Support Specialist counseled with other family members who are very willing to help. As discussions progressed, the tension in the home began to ease. One-on-one counseling with Dr. Gray (LR volunteer), and Elizabeth Gentile, PA were scheduled. As a result, he was provided emotional support every step of the way. Life for this gentleman is much more stable.
PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST AND CARE TEAM MEMBERS PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT:
58-year-old male, Type 2 Diabetic, working towards getting his diabetes under control, has been a neighbor at CCM for year. He completed the diabetic cooking classes with a certificate. He is successfully controlling/lowering his AIC.
On 11/21 he was terrified when he had Triple Bypass surgery. The medical clinic care team provided emotional support through his surgery by communicating with him while he was in the hospital and supporting him when released. He is continuing his care and counseling through the medical clinic. He lives with the aging mother on a monthly SS income $1336. One day when he picked up his prescriptions, he said, “ I don’t know where I would be without CCM; you saved my life.“