Annual Highlights & Outcomes
Community Alliance provided multiple services for persons with serious mental illness within 12 distinct program areas during 2016, including services designed to end homelessness, create jobs, teach important personal and community living skills, improve physical and mental health and wellness, and offer peer and family support. Among the year’s outcomes and highlights:
- 2,608 men and women were served agency-wide at 4 program sites and 14 residential sites located throughout the metro Omaha area and in Fremont, Nebraska.
- 85% of all persons served remained out of the hospital throughout the 2016 program year.
- 96% of the 426 guests at Safe Harbor peer crisis diversion program reported the services they received there averted an emergency room or hospital visit; of the 10,090 warm line calls received, 98% reported satisfaction with the outcome of the call.
- 69% of persons served in Residential Rehabilitation services successfully transitioned to a more independent level of care during the year.
- 88% of all ACT program services were provided in the community, within one’s home and neighborhood.
- 73% of all Social Security disability applications submitted by the SOAR team were approved in an average of 64 days – paving the way to housing and medical care.
- 92% of clients reported satisfaction with Community Alliance services and that these services had positively impacted their quality of life.
- 94% of the 378 adults experiencing homelessness who were assisted by Community Alliance’s street outreach and transitional case management teams were linked to psychiatric or other mental health services; 64% were helped to obtain housing outside the shelter system.
- 63,623 housing days were provided in 2016, individualized in-home community support services were provided to 507 persons helping them to achieve and maintain community stability.
- 52% of participants in our integrated health program experienced significant improvement in reported mental health symptoms, 51% improved their cholesterol levels, and 54% improved their blood glucose measures or diabetes management. Decreases in weight, BMI and cigarette smoking were also noted.
- 241 persons participated in peer facilitated recovery classes, representing a 45% increase over the prior year.
- 736 persons were engaged through our Day Rehabilitation services, designed to help individuals gain insight into their illness and effective means to get involved in their community.
- 96 persons were newly enrolled in vocational services; an additional 98 individuals were provided ongoing employment supports as they continued their journey back to work.
- 604 students and residents representing 11 disciplines from 8 academic institutions were hosted by the organization in 2016.
- ACT services were expanded in response to the need for increased capacity as identified through a study commissioned by the Mental Health Partnership and aided by a generous private donation.
- Two pilot projects focused on connecting young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis with supported employment and education along with clinical treatment were initiated during the year.
- The agency’s continued development of expertise in trauma informed care and integrated health, as well as its collaborative research projects led to multiple presentations at national conferences and SAMHSA sponsored webinar trainings in 2016.
- Actor and comedian Tom Arnold was welcomed as the guest speaker to the 2016 Breaking the Silence event, talking about his struggles with mental illness and addiction and urging all to help end the stigma that still surrounds these illnesses.
- Community Alliance again earned full, 3 year accreditation in all direct program services. The agency has maintained national accreditation status through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for 24 straight years and counting.
- The Board completed an internal planning process resulting in the organization launching a comprehensive, multi-year capacity building and leadership development effort as part of current and long-term succession planning and sustainability efforts.