In early 2015 LCMHS began Community Cadre, a new program based in the principles of recovery, resiliency and peer supports. The Community Cadre operates across our adult mental health programs, which serves consumers who need brief support as well as those who might need a weekly or bi-weekly support to maintain their recovery efforts.
The Community Cadre staff offers daily support services in the community including helping consumers with budgeting, shopping, employment, and other life tasks. The Cadre also provides transportation for employment and activities that promote well-being for consumers in the community.
The Cadre works with the LCMHS Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) to support persons waiting in our local hospital for an inpatient hospitalization, or who need non-secured transportation to a psychiatric inpatient setting. This requires the patient’s willingness to have Cadre staff work with them. The consumer must be non-violent and willing to participate in activities that distract them from presenting issues (cutting, suicidal thoughts, voices, etc.) which may be causing distress.
All Cadre staff must complete trainings in Intentional Peer Support, Mental Health First Aid, and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). Most Cadre staff have had lived experience with mental health symptoms and treatment, or have other experience as a health care provider.