Choices 2010 Q4

Choices Demographics


FY 09/10 Quarter 4 - Demographics

This graph represents enrollment statistics for the CHOICES program for the 4th quarter of the 2009-2010 fiscal year. At the beginning of the reporting period, 98 members were enrolled in CHOICES FSP. By adding the 4 admissions and subtracting the 8 discharges, the ending caseload is 94 members, resulting in a total of 102 members being served throughout the quarter.

CHOICES services predominantly the Adult population whom fall within the age range of 26-59. We have a small population of Transition Age Youths (18-25) and Older Adults (60+) who stand to benefit most from our program, rather than another program geared specifically toward their age category. CHOICES possesses the ability to service members of all age ranges with many different needs in life.

There are more males than females in the CHOICES program however the numbers are still close in proximity. CHOICES also has two transgender individuals.

CHOICES possesses the ability to cater to a multitude of ethnicities and language backgrounds. English, Spanish, and Vietnamese can be heard around the office on any given day. When the need arises, CHOICES is capable of providing services in additional languages as well and is dedicated to overcoming any language or cultural barriers that may arise.

As part of a reclassification from the previous quarters, members' living arrangements fall under these new categories: Emergency, Transitional, Permanent, Independent, and Other. Emergency, Transitional, and Permanent placements are based on the needs and situations of each member. Independent housing is when a member can sustain their own living arrangement with no subsidization from any third party: they pay for their housing on their own. The "Other" category encompasses members who are incarcerated, hospitalized, homeless, or whose whereabouts are unknown. CHOICES employs a Housing Specialist who works closely with members and the rest of the CHOICES team to facilitate housing options which best suit the members' needs and recovery.

During the month of June, there were only 20 jail days, all accounted for by one member and one episode. This is equal to the number of jail days from the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2009-2010 fiscal year. There were a total of 2,835 member days in the month of June. This means that only 0.7% of the days in the month were incarceration days and over 98% of CHOICES members were not incarcerated. Much of this success can be attributed to the support and efforts to encourage members' engagement in recovery offered by the Personal Service Coordinators (PSCs).

In the month of June, only two members were hospitalized, both of which were psychiatric. Each member experienced one episode, which lasted on average 13 days. This means that over 95% of CHOICES members did not experience any hospitalizations and that there were 2,809 days without hospitalizations in the month, which represents over 99% of the days in the month. As a result of engaging with members and empowering them to create and sustain healthy coping skills and relationships within the community, members are less likely to require psychiatric hospitalization services in times of crisis.

Of the CHOICES members enrolled in educational settings, the breakdown is as follows: 60% of them are in either community colleges or four year colleges, 20% are in High School or Adult Education, and 20% are in Technical or Vocational schooling. If the member has a desire to go to school and it is conducive to their recovery, they have the ability to work with the Vocational Specialist in getting set up for educational success.

As part of members' recovery, the CHOICES program supports involvement in social roles and emphasizes employment as one of them most rewarding of these roles. CHOICES has 27 members involved in employment settings, which accounts for 28.7% of its members. Of those involved, 25.9% are In-House Paid Employees, 18.5% are in Competitive Employment, 48.1% are volunteers, and 7.4% are in other employment settings. CHOICES members are able to work with our vocational specialist to prepare for employment opportunities as is conducive with their recovery. CHOICES also offers an In-House paid employment program in which members can participate as a way of obtaining current employment for resume building purposes.

This graph represents the breakdown of members by their primary diagnosis. Once a member receives a diagnosis by the staff psychiatrist, the CHOICES team can begin to assemble treatment options to support the member in their recovery, work with the member to set recovery goals, and facilitate the best possible care for the member which is conducive to their recovery. The primary focus of the CHOICES team is to accompany the member on their unique path to recovery and provide an opportunity rich environment for members to achieve their recovery goals.

CHOICES has a split population, with 60% having a dually diagnosed mental illness and substance abuse issue and 40% who have mental illness with no substance abuse issue. For those members who require services in addition to psychiatric services, CHOICES is able to provide them with substance abuse services such as one-on-one drug/alcohol counseling, groups focused on sobriety and recovery, and links to outside meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.