Julia moved into a family apartment at St. Vincent de Paul Louisville several years ago. She has struggled with mental health issues and has been resistant to treatment with medication. She lost custody of her child and moved to a one-bedroom apartment. After moving, she spiraled, using drugs to self-medicate and uses loud music as one of her coping mechanisms, resulting in many complaints from her neighbors.
Julia’s case manager referred her to our Clinical Services Coordinator, Matt Weaver, and then to our CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor), Pam Scott, under the pilot project.* Our CADC established an excellent rapport with Julia, and while she continues to use and is reluctant to accept medication for her mental health diagnosis, she has worked on her behaviors and coping mechanisms. Complaints have ceased and through a harm-reduction approach, she has achieved fewer instances of crisis and her mood has stabilized significantly.
Through a team approach, staff have kept Julia housed, despite her many challenges. She has stayed engaged with services and we hope to see her make significant progress in the next year.
*You’ll read more about this new project in a future issue.