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New Shorter Initial Referral Form

10 Jul

We have made it easier for mental health professionals to refer clients to our psychiatric rehabilitation programs.  The form is now much shorter and does not request a psychiatrist’s signature.

Please click here to download the new shorter referral packet.

If you happen to be a family member, friend, or a potential client — please take this form to a treating mental health professional.  We are however very happy to directly answer your questions about our PRPs and the mental health system in general.  Let us know how we can help.

— Michael


Thank You Elysia and Angelica!

25 May

We want to say THANK YOU to our most recent interns Angelica and Elysia who spent their last day with us today.  Both have

Elysia Amoroso

just graduated from the University of Baltimore and were here in order to complete their capstone senior projects in psychology.  Angelica is off to accumulate more medical internship hours towards an eventual career as a physican’s assistant.  Elysia is taking a short break to travel and then will likely be moving on to graduate school for clinical health psychology.

Both women spent more time with our PRP than their school internships required and both were highly valuable.  They helped out on trips, assisted with class-time activities, provided extra eyes and ears on our recent Aquarium trip, and jointly ran a Friday morning Spanish club that several clients

Angelica Amaya-Boyd

found interesting.  Spanish language resources are surprisingly difficult to come by in Harford County and they were especially useful with our few Hispanic clients.  Elysia and Angelica were required by their school to write research papers with literature reviews as part of their internship, and so deeply integrated both academic and hands-on knowledge.

Both have been highly active in, and officers of, their school’s chapter of Psi Chi — The International Honor Society in Psychology.

We wish them much luck and success in their future endeavors!

Spring Flowers Sprout

29 Mar

Our clients and staff completed a very nice art decoration project for the PRP community room today.  Everything is brighter and more festive!









Expanded Schedule at Aberdeen PRP

4 Jan

This past fall the Aberdeen PRP launched an expanded class schedule which we are very excited about. In so doing we expanded our class offerings most mornings from two to three classes. Here are the highlights:

  • Revamped Art & Art History class following an established “great masters” curriculum
  • New Yoga and Relaxation class
  • New Life Skills class
  • New Woodshop class
  • New Music class
  • New optional religion class (“Purpose Driven Life”)
  • New Psychology 101 class
  • New client-run clubs in the afternoons in order to follow the recovery model better and shift some responsibility and decisions to the clients
  • Revamped MISA (drug and alcohol education) class

Old favorite classes and activities also remain on the schedule. This schedule upgrade reflects a commitment to holistic health and to recovery model principles. The yoga class is the result of emerging research showing the value of yoga (and other forms of meditation and exercise) in improving mental health. The life skills class is about taking personal responsibility for handling your own needs. The optional religion class acknowledges the critical role of spirituality in a holistic recovery model (and research showing involvement in spirituality can assist with depression). These changes come on top of other improvements in the past year including a weekly YMCA workout trip to the sparkling new facility in Belair, MD as well as the new spirituality and world religions social studies class.

Our clients also finished painting the new client lounge in room 149 where most client-run clubs are held. A large screen TV and Wii gaming system was installed to promote spontaneous client interactions and play between programmed activities.

Please click here for a copy of our daily activities chart.

What is a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP)?

4 Jan

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs (known as PRPs) are facilities found in the general community (as opposed to separated away in hospitals). They offer a combination of:

  • Individual work towards rehabilitation goals (like learning to pay rent)
  • Class instruction in rehabilitative topics (like health & social skills)
  • Fun classes, activities, and fieldtrips (which are also rehabilitative for clients suffering social skills deficits or depression)

Please click here to see more of this article.

Philosophies and Conceptual Models

4 Jan

Our PRPs blend a number of viewpoints regarding care of the client in order to provide the best treatment possible. Here are a few of the models that influence our services:

The Recovery Model: Recently adopted by the State of Maryland (and rapidly spreading across the country as a whole), the recovery model seeks to place treatment goals and choices in the hands of consumers. In this model, clients have the primary role in choosing the path of their recovery plans. Key Point PRPs have always had a focus on empowering clients to take control of their own destiny. Our PRPs feature client advisory boards that make major programmatic and disciplinary decisions, client-run morning meetings, and client choice in fieldtrips. Recently our staffs have been trained in the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) model – a step-by-step process for allowing clients to develop resources for how to keep themselves well and what to do when they are not. The Aberdeen PRP has implemented a client-decorated clubhouse and launched client-run afternoon clubs. We continue the work of integrating the recovery model more and more deeply into our work. The basic idea of rehabilitation supports the return of clients to the community in which they live. Life skills training, supported employment, social skills training, and more all help clients to reintegrate into society.

Holistic Health Perspective: Healthy people require a balanced approach addressing mind, body, and spirit. Our programs have always featured mind-stimulating classes like psychology 101, drug and alcohol education (MISA), and art. We have also always offered health and exercise classes. More recently our PRPs have added optional classes discussing spiritual matters for clients so inclined in a recognition that persons coming from institutional backgrounds and lacking sufficient transportation are often cut off from their spirituality. The Aberdeen PRP has launched weekly trips to the YMCA, a music class, and a yoga class. We are also seeking sources of funding or gifts for scientifically proven alternative approaches in mental health such as biofeedback equipment and full spectrum lighting for seasonal depression.

Medical Model: Key Point PRPs are connected to mental health clinics staffed by psychiatrists and licensed psychotherapists. All PRP clients have psychiatrists and therapists. Our PRPs coordinate case management with clinics, care providers, residential facilities, and other involved parties to ensure seamless treatment. Escalation procedures are in place for handling suicidality, increases in symptoms, and emergencies requiring hospitalization. Rehabilitation counselors are trained to recognize increased agitation, suicidal threats, and other unusual behaviors and take steps to address.

New Blog

2 Jan

Hello — This is Key Point Health Service’s new blog.  We hope to provide insights into how our psychiatric rehabilitation programs (PRPs) work, what they are for, and how you can apply.  We hope to show the quality of staff and programming available.  We think this will provide a window into a world that too few understand and about which there is very little good information on the Web.

Social workers, case workers, and other professionals should find this useful as you determine what program to direct your clients towards.  Psychotherapists often do not understand the value of PRPs — sometimes thinking of them as boring or as babysitting (nothing could be further from the truth).  Families and clients will want to know what we are about and get a personal introduction to our offerings.

As usual with new projects, this site will be under construction for a time.

Please feel free to contact us and to respond with posts.

Michael Reeder, CPRP
Program Director
Aberdeen PRP