Many states are emphasizing the need for more community integration and reducing the number of people who are in state hospitals for the mentally disabled. This is a challenge for both the human service professionals tasked with coordinating the transition as well as the client. In some cases, people have spent decades in state institutions and will have to adjust to life back in the community. There are also some situations when the institution was used as the most appropriate alternative to incarceration. Whatever the reason for institutionalization, it requires a great deal of coordination between the case manager and other agencies on the treatment team when the time comes to return to the community. I will review the general steps taken when transitioning someone from an institution back into the community.
*Assist with finding additional support services such as day support, employment, counseling, etc.