PCLA operates seven facilities that house ninety individuals. The services provided cover a range of rehabilitation and housing options for persons diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness or those with a serious and persistent mental illness and substance use issue.
PCLA supports and works in partnership with several colleges and universities to provide educational and training opportunities through daily interactions of students with client’s, residents and staff. These multidisciplinary students are provided enhanced learning opportunities in a supported environment.
Pioneer House is a twenty- bed community residential facility that focuses on assisting individuals in developing the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to independent community living. To this end, assistance is given in a variety of areas including budgeting/finances, communication skills, illness medication education, and networking for community services and support. Emphasis is placed on resident involvement and participation in all aspects of the program. Pioneer’s program is based on the psychosocial rehabilitation model and provides a balance of structured and unstructured time, in accordance with the individual needs of each resident.
Millers Way is a ten-bed program that emphasizes psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery and focuses on the individual’s strengths and abilities through fostering choices to promote independence and growth. This strength based program is based on helping residents gain self-esteem, self-reliance, dignity and recovery. On a day-by-day basis, residents are encouraged to make suggestions and to participate in activities, groups and outings that promotes enhanced daily living, social, and vocational skills.
Lina’s Place is a 12-bed community residential program with a primary emphasis on psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. This program provides a stable, supportive environment for persons with a mental illness who require support in developing the skills and resources to increase personal competencies and quality of life. The service is client-centered and involvement of the resident is sought in every aspect of his or her life. There is an emphasis of awakening hope with goals moving towards recovery, personal success, and independent living.
Residents are continually encouraged to assume productive citizenship roles both within the home and in the broader context of the community, through schooling, volunteering or employment. The belief in the ability of each individual to learn and grow to reach his or her full potential is fundamental in the program. The residents living in the duplex take responsibility for cleaning and house maintenance, meal planning and preparation. In addition, residents are actively involved in leisure and recreation programs offered in the community and within the house.
Adrian House is a 10-bed program with a philosophy of supporting residents in an environment conducive to privacy, dignity, and the growth of self-esteem and self-reliance. Staff persons assist individuals to make choices, and provide opportunities for the development of needed skills and resources to increase personal competencies and quality of life. The service is resident-centered and involvement of the resident is sought in every aspect of their lives. Group and 1-1 services to enhance lifestyle management and positive mental health are offered at Adrian House. Emphasis is placed on resident strengths, abilities, and is focused on personal growth.
Community Residential Emergency Short Stay Treatment (CRESST)
CRESST, is a ten-bed short-term community emergency residential psychiatric program. This program has a primary and a secondary mandate. Primary mandate is to provide step down and transition from hospital, and to free up acute care mental health beds. Secondary mandate is to provide psychiatric stabilization to community clients to prevent hospitalization. CRESST provides a structured therapeutic environment that offers psycho-educational groups during the clients’ stay. It works in conjunction with the psychosis treatment optimization program and admits clients who are changing from more traditional antipsychotic medications to clozapine. The program provides service for 350 – 400 clients annually and has two psychiatrists employed to treat and adjust medications. The average length of stay is eight to ten days.
Elizabeth Barnett Terrace – Supported- Independent Living Program
Elizabeth Barnett Terrace program is housed in a twenty-three-unit supported independent living apartment building. The goals of this program are to provide safe and affordable housing that fosters independent living, to provide the least restrictive environment possible, and to prevent the need for hospitalization. The supported independent living worker works with tenants towards establishing their own safe, comfortable, and contained physical environment and taking responsibility for their own general well-being. This includes household management functions such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, paying bills, safety, and security. Tenants are encouraged to participate and take ownership of decisions relating to the cooperative management of their environment and to become connected in the community in way that are meaningful.
Dominion House – Bridging Program
Dominion House program is housed in a five-bed duplex, which accommodates the five Bridging Program resident – residents who are ready to live more independently. The program is not licensed and is staffed with one activity coordinator working Monday to Friday. The residents are responsible for shopping, cooking, and the general upkeep of the house and yard. They all actively participate in many community programs.