RI International is a global organization with ...
RI International is a global organization with more than 50 programs located throughout the United States and abroad. We continuously work to strengthen our position as the worldwide leader of mental health and substance use crisis service design delivery as well peer delivered care.
RI’s Crisis Services Improve Care and Reduce Costs
Programs are Infused with Crisis Now’s Crisis Care Principles and Practices
RI’s Crisis programs are located in Arizona, California, Delaware, Texas and Washington State, and include Recovery Response Centers (Crisis Stabilization Programs), Evaluation & Treatment Centers (Involuntary & Court-ordered Treatment), and Crisis Respites. All of RI’s facilities follow Crisis Now’s crisis care principles and practices.
RI’s leadership — along with other members of the Crisis Services Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) — created the Crisis Now concept and authored the Crisis Now paper; identifying the exceptional practices desired for crisis services. RI focuses on these practices including; recovery orientation, trauma-informed care, significant use of peer staff, a commitment to Zero Suicide/Suicide Safer Care, strong commitments to safety for consumers and staff, and collaboration with law enforcement. For more information visit www.crisisnow.com.
RI is known for creating the best possible recovery experience, using healing spaces with recliners, soft colors and a home-like atmosphere. The teams, comprised of doctors, nursing staff, and peers with lived experience, weave recovery, clinical, and medical services together, providing comprehensive care. RI makes every effort to eliminate seclusion and restraint and to serve all people regardless of level of acuity, without resorting to physical interventions. Peer-operated “Living Room” programs ensure that participants are paired with a team of Peer Support Specialists in recovery. Each guest is encouraged to work with the team and empowered to develop their own recovery plan.
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is founded on the recovery principles of hope, personal choice, empowerment, development of an environment of wellness and independence, and the encouragement of spirituality and community enriched by contribution.
Wellness City is a community made up of individuals embarking on or expanding their recovery journey. A staff of well-trained peers who have experienced their own recovery challenges and successes share what they have learned and work alongside practitioners and educators who are committed to the founding principles of the recovery community. The citizens of Wellness City who are beginning their recovery journey will learn to identify personal strengths and challenges and will develop personalized plans that incorporate life experiences, newly learned skills and goals and dreams for the future. Each citizen partners with a recovery coach who understands the challenges and actualize their hopes and dreams, working together to bring out everyone’s best. They catch each other when someone starts to fall, sharing what’s been learned so all can benefit. Strong and trusting relationships grow and are nurtured between Wellness City citizens. These relationships are key ingredients that allow the City to operate effectively and successfully.
is an engagement, education and support effort designed to accurately and fully inform adults who have a serious mental illness (SMI) or a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) about community-based mental health services and supported housing options including but not limited to the availability of tenancy support services and rental assistance.
• The option to transition to supported housing and its benefits
• The array of services and supports available to those in supported housing including: rental subsidy, tenancy supports
• The option to remain in the adult care home and the services that can be offered to support him/her in that setting
• Information about Medicaid, Special Assistance, and services under the North Carolina State Plan for Medical Assistance or the State funded service array for which the individual is eligible
• The option to consider employment through Supported Employment or the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
• Information on community activities and resources that match their interests and needs (social, recreational, educational, faith based, health and wellness, etc.)
• Opportunities to meet with other individuals who are living, working and receiving services in integrated settings
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)-
is a multidisciplinary team that provides intensive, community-based services to adults with Severe, Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). The ACT Team assertively engages individuals in the community to address a multitude of treatment needs, including: housing, vocational, educational, medication compliance, mental health stability, and substance abuse issues. The goal of ACT is to increase overall functioning in the community. Services are designed to treat the whole person, encouraging the individual’s autonomy to the greatest extent possible. The ACT Team provides wraparound support, which includes 24/7 crisis response. Services are provided where individuals need the most support vs. at a facility or office. This may be at a person’s home, at their place of employment, or various other locations in the community.
• ACT services are available to adults with a SPMI diagnosis (I.e., Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar, etc.). The typical ACT client has had difficulty maintaining appointments in the community, difficulty obtaining/maintaining their medications, high use of crisis services and/or ED/psychiatric admissions, unstable housing, substance use issues, and difficulty maintaining employment.
Transitional and Permanent Housing
Community Living/Community Building
• Through the Community Living and Community Building programs, housing is offered first, and wraparound services are provided to help the person maintain his or her housing. This model has demonstrated a high degree of success at getting people on the road to recovery and integrated more quickly into the community. Community Building Team Members are peers in active recovery from substance use, serious mental illness or both challenges. Team members are trained in housing as well as motivational interviewing, stages of change, relapse prevention, trauma informed care and introduction to fair housing, HQS and the landlord tenant act.