In 2017, Community Alliance provided more than 162,000 services to 2,503 individuals in home and in community, promoting individual recovery through outreach, engagement, skill building, education, employment support, and a continuum of other treatment, rehabilitation and supportive services.
Of those served by Community Alliance in 2017, 16% or less than 2 out of 10 were hospitalized during the 12-month program year. This compared to 8 out of 10 persons experiencing at least one psychiatric hospitalization in the year prior to admission to Community Alliance.
87% of respondents among persons served reported that Community Alliance made a difference in their ability to manage daily problems.
92% indicated that they felt emotionally safe in services and 92% reported overall satisfaction with services.
85% of stakeholders (e.g. family members, employers) responding to a survey indicated overall satisfaction with services.
The Safe Harbor peer run crisis diversion program responded to over 1,000 individuals experiencing a crisis, including 11,771 warm line calls and 368 on-site guest visits. Among guests surveyed, 93% of respondents indicated that the services received in this innovative program helped prevent an emergency room visit or hospitalization.
57,305 days of community housing were provided to 281 men and women during the year through agency owned and operated residential facilities.
58 families attended the 12-week Family-to-Family course offered by Community Alliance in collaboration with the Nebraska chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; individualized support and education was provided to 131 individuals.
Community Alliance assisted 351 adults experiencing homelessness through street outreach and transitional case management teams, linking them to psychiatric and other mental health services. 93% of homeless persons served by the organization were helped in obtaining housing outside the shelter system.
119 individuals were assisted through the SOAR program, an evidence based approach to helping people obtain federal disability benefits. 71% percent of all applications submitted were approved in an average of 65 days during the program year, significantly surpassing national averages.
818 individuals received integrated psychiatric and medical care at Community Alliance.
Of those utilizing Community Alliance as their primary health care provider, 49% of those identified with high blood pressure and 45% identified with high blood glucose demonstrated improvement, while 70% improved their triglyceride level.
Of those utilizing Community Alliance as their primary psychiatric services and/or therapy provider, 53% indicated reduced psychological distress and 61% reported stabilization or improvement in symptoms that impact their life as measured by the BSI-18.
Community Alliance partnered with 5 area shelters, along with United Way of the Midlands and a private foundation to launch a new, innovative pilot program utilizing trained peer support specialists to reduce crisis within emergency shelters.
The year saw continued collaboration with the Women’s Center for Advancement as part of a WCA federal grant to increase knowledge and effectiveness in providing trauma informed behavioral health services and supports to individuals experiencing violence.
The agency continued its active collaboration with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) and six institutions of higher learning to provide training and education to 504 students and residents in 2017, representing 11 professions as part of ongoing workforce development efforts.
Community Alliance affirmed its commitment to best practices by joining the ‘Best Practices Partnership’ disseminated by the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, inclusive of completing a self-audit of legal compliance and recommended practices in 12 major areas of nonprofit management. We were also a recipient of the 2017 Silver Award of Distinction for Significant Commitment to Ethical Business Practices awarded by the Better Business Bureau.
Breaking the Silence reinforced its position as one of the largest community education efforts of its kind in the Midwest in 2017 with nearly 700 people in attendance and a record 79 sponsors, all joining to hear baseball legend Darryl Strawberry speak to the urgency of dispelling the myths and stereotypes still surrounding mental illness and the need to reach out and provide life-saving and life-restoring help to those experiencing these illnesses.