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Yellowbrick’s Core Competence Home Health Service Offers Innovative Services For Young Adults Recovering From Mental Illness

Dec. 16, 2015

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EVANSTON, Ill. — Yellowbrick, a national center of excellence working with young adults with complex mental health difficulties, is launching Core Competence Home Health Service designed to support young adults recovering from and struggling with mental illness. The goal is to facilitate development of executive function and the life-skills necessary for supported independent living.

“Young adults who have experienced a mental health related hospitalization—such as for a suicide attempt, depression, or a psychotic episode—need ongoing support for preventing relapse, sustaining self-care and getting back into the flow of life,” said Dr. Jesse Viner, CEO and Chief Medical Officer at Yellowbrick.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.5 million Americans are hospitalized annually for psychosis or major depression, with the average hospital stay lasting only seven days.

“Psychiatric episodes and hospitalizations represent major disruptions in the life of individuals and families. Yellowbrick sees a huge gap between the hospital and home which results in unnecessary suffering and impairment of function,” according to Dr. Viner. “This often fuels shame and diminished self-worth, making it all the more difficult to take care of oneself and face returning to school or work.”

Starting in January 2016, Core Competence Home Health Service will offer each prospective young adult an initial assessment with a Yellowbrick occupational therapist and psychiatrist who will develop, in collaboration with the young adult, family and professionals providing concurrent care, a home health treatment plan.

Services include:

Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Weight Management
  • Kitchen Organization
  • Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Meal Preparation Techniques
  • Food Management
  • Food Safety

Education and Career Development

  • Educational Counseling
  • Tutoring Resources
  • Advocacy / Liaison with Schools
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Testing
  • Volunteerism
  • Job Search
  • Skill Development
  • Job Coaching

ReCognition – Cognitive Enhancement

  • Executive Function
  • Organizing
  • Planning
  • Task Completion
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Visuospatial Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Social & Communication Skills

Independent Living

  • Time Management
  • Home Management
  • Money Management
  • Personal Self Care
  • Leisure Exploration
  • Social Skill Development
  • Community Integration
  • Personal Efficacy
  • Self Sufficiency

Services are available in the young adult’s family home, own apartment or on campuses within 10 miles from downtown Evanston where Yellowbrick’s Consultation & Treatment center is located.

Core Competence is the only private provider of psychiatric home health on the Northshore and envisions expanding services throughout Chicagoland. Core Competence will support families to receive insurance reimbursement while payment at the time of service is required.

Core Competence Home Health Service provides an innovative, cost-effective opportunity for shortening hospitalizations, preventing relapse and self-damaging or ineffective coping patterns, and facilitating self-care, social and role performance functioning. The goal of Core Competence Home Health Service is to reduce the suffering, impairment and cost of major psychiatric episodes and residual mental illness.

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Yellowbrick’s mission is to serve as the national leader in psychiatric healthcare for emerging young adults and their families. Yellowbrick’s comprehensive, integrated model of intensive outpatient treatments are based on the frontiers of neuroscience, psychotherapy, life skills and wellness research and practice. Yellowbrick’s naturalistic, real-time sober therapeutic community model offers an immersion in expert, collaborative, caring and healing relationships.

Assessment Coordinator: 847 869-1500 ext 233

At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847-869-1500.