The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) funds multiple recovery oriented services throughout the state to facilitate the four dimensions of that support a life in recovery: health, home, purpose, and community.
Olmstead Mental Health Initiative: Voices of Experience and Recovery: A Mental Health Oral History Project for the State of Arkansas
Through the Olmstead Mental Health Initiative, DBHS has developed and facilitated the Voices of Experience and Recovery project in partnership with the Arkansas Studies Institute. The project allowed for Mental Health Oral Histories to be recorded and be made available online. The project has been very well received and has served to empower consumer organizations throughout the state and country.
Late in the project year, the collection totaled over 70 histories contributed by consumers and pioneers of mental health in the state. The scope of the project broadened to include trauma informed care and persons identified as homeless.
To listen to this exceptional collection of oral histories, click on this link to open and it will take you to the Arkansas Studies Institute AV/AR Collections: http://arstudies.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p1532coll1
PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness)
The division is the recipient of a $300,000 grant to support three separate programs providing funding for a range of services to individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness that are also homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. The three sites are:
SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery)
SOAR is a federal technical assistance initiative designed to help states and communities increase access to disability benefits for qualified persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, especially those who have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder. The Division provides free training and technical assistance to providers in SSA disability programs and benefits, interviewing, engaging the client, the application process, etc. and serves as liaison with the Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services. Obtaining SSI and SSDI can be critical in preventing and ending homelessness, providing access to treatment, services, and promoting recovery.
For more information, visit: http://www.prainc.com/soar/
OXFORD Houses of Arkansas
Oxford House provides housing and rehabilitative support for adults who are recovering from alcohol and/or drug use and who want to remain abstinent from use. The model is a confederation of chartered community-based, self-supported rental homes that operated under the umbrella of Oxford House World Services. Each house is self-governed and has at least six same-sex residents who have a shared responsibility for: adherence to Oxford Houses traditions, on-time payments of household expenses, completion of chores, and successful integration into the community neighborhood. Oxford Houses do not employ professional treatment staff, but residents are free to decide whether to seek psychological or substance abuse treatment by professionals or participate in a 12-step self-help organizations (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) while receiving social support and guidance from fellow residents. Arkansas currently has eight homes which provide housing for up to 61 persons (two women’s homes and six male homes). www.oxfordhouse.org
Consumer Councils are designed in order that consumers may develop a strong and unified voice to influence and improve State policy decisions, further develop the consumer-led initiatives, impact local service development, and forge productive alliances with community resources. A more informed and involved consumer group leads to a more responsive and relevant behavioral health system.
Access to Recovery Program
Arkansas ATR is a grant-funded initiative which provides vouchers to clients for purchase of substance use disorder clinical treatment and recovery support services. The goals of the program are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services. For more information, visit the Access to Recovery webpage. http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dbhs/Pages/AccessToRecovery.aspx