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Supported Employment: Finding the Right Fit

Navigating the challenges of finding and starting a job or getting an education can be difficult under any circumstances, but especially so during a pandemic. Over the past year, Wyandot Center’s Supported Employment team has stepped up to help individuals work through these unique circumstances.

SOAR Team Helping Individuals Who Are Homeless Get Their Life Back

For an individual who is homeless and living with a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), wrap-around supports can make all the difference. That is exactly what Wyandot Center’s SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) team offers.

“No Wrong Door”: Wyandot Center & RSI Merge Crisis Services

When an individual is in crisis, having quick and easy access to a continuum of crisis services is important. That’s exactly what a recent merging of adult crisis services between Wyandot Center and RSI hopes to accomplish.

The Importance of Early Intervention in Psychosis

For individuals experiencing psychosis for the first time, the sudden nature of the first episode can not only be jarring, but downright scary as well. That’s where Wyandot Center’s Early Intervention Team (EIT) steps in to help support and manage those early experiences.

“People can live really happy, fulfilling lives while still hearing voices and experiencing delusions,” says Jordan Graves, EIT Therapist. “It’s just the fear and confusion that disrupts their lives. It takes you a really long time to make sense of what’s going on when things change so fast. That’s what makes early intervention so important.”

Working Together with Clients to Overcome Barriers

Wyandot Center’s High Intensity Support Team (HIST) has made it their mission to help their clients realize their potential and achieve success. Recently, the team made some changes to the program in hopes of more fully meeting the needs of their consumers.

Pairing Social Workers with Police: A Look at the KCKPD CIT Co-Responder Program

Across the country, there has been much discussion about who should respond to mental health crises that are reported to 911: social workers or police officers. At the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, officers have been working alongside a social worker for the past seven years. Even though the program has been around for a while, there are many community members who don’t know this partnership exists.

Peer Support Specialist Selected for MHA Young Mental Health Leaders Council

Shyanne Hoff was a bundle of nerves on August 31, 2020. Hoff, a certified peer support specialist with Wyandot Center, had applied just a couple of weeks earlier to be part of Mental Health America’s first-ever Young Mental Health Leaders Council. She was hovering around her inbox, waiting for an e-mail to arrive saying she had been selected for a spot on the council.

"Been There, Done That": The Value of Peer Support

The concept of peer support has been around for decades. We’ve all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous: a group of people with a common struggle, together with a list of steps to guide them in a new direction. It’s become an icon of our society’s approach to combatting alcoholism outside of a professional setting.

Fundamentally, this is peer support.

Artistic Expression Promotes Healing and Recovery at ArtMakers Place

ArtMakers Place Photo

For many individuals with a serious mental illness, creating art allows them to express a part of themselves that cannot always be put into words. 

Keeping Mental Health Care in the Community and Out of Jail

Eight years ago, roughly 100 active Wyandot Center clients were arrested each month. Today, that number has been cut in half. The reason for that reduction? Community partnerships.

Frank Williams Outreach Center Provides Help and Hope...

How one man disappeared from services, then found a path back to Frank Williams—and recovery

Wyandot Center's SOAR Team Soars!

Wyandot Center's SOAR Team works with clients to navigate the often complicated and difficult maze of completing applications that will help them secure benefits such as housing, medication assistance, and other resources that can aid in their recovery.