Today’s Mission Story is one of how small, positive steps can eventually lead to large growth.
When “Phillip” entered into the St. Martin’s CRT program, his mental health was completely unmanaged. Phillip was dealing with bipolar disorder, which was exacerbated by his traumatic brain injury. This client had great difficultly controlling his emotions and could often be heard berating his Community Support Worker (CSW). In fact, he would often try to “fire” his CSW’s when he felt like they weren’t doing what he wanted. Furthermore, Phillip struggled with maintaining housing, as he would try to “fix” things in his apartment and would end up breaking his appliances and furnishings. In a two year span, this client moved to four different apartments. However, about six months ago, things began to change for Phillip. He and his CSW found a landlord who was willing to give this client a chance to gain stability and was patient with Phillip’s mood swings. Phillip also met with St. Martin’s psychiatric provider and while he was extremely skeptical at first, started to take medications to help with his mood stability. Phillip also became more open to trying out primary care services and has been working with the same CSW for the past year. Phillip has now been in his apartment for the past six months and is starting to feel more comfortable with his medications. While Phillip still has a long ways to go and still struggles with his temper from time to time, the progress he has made is truly remarkable from where he started two years ago. This is a story of many departments (CRT, housing, psychiatry) all working together to help a client that many others might have dismissed.