Registered nurses take time to educate residents about medications and the importance of taking them consistently.
Using the power of nature, meaningful work, therapeutic community, and a highly skilled, caring staff, Hopewell's program treats the whole person - mind, body and spirit. We offer our traditional residential program and Club Hope - a daily transitions program.
By strengthening residents' social skills, their emotional competency, and their commitment to medication compliance we empower individuals to function at their highest level of effectiveness.
The farm is a key part of our success.
Organized in work teams, residents assume the major responsibilities for all aspects of the farm's daily work. From gardening to cooking to animal care, vocational opportunities at Hopewell help residents find strengths they didn't know they had, experience new roles, learn new skills, gain job readiness and build self-esteem.
The outcome of participating in work is more than residents learning to rely on each other for food, shelter and a safe environment.
Studies have shown that people with schizophrenia who engage in meaningful work experience improved medication compliance, symptom reduction and fewer relapses.
In addition to daily staff and resident work crews that keep the farm functioning, programming includes:
- Mood management
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Creative expression
- Dual diagnosis issues
- Equine assisted learning
- Meditation and spirituality
- Education (high school diploma program)
- Money management
- Independent living skills (planning, shopping, cooking, healthy living)
Our clinical team is active in resident and family counseling, case coordination, psychiatric and medication management and discharge transitions. We have a consulting psychiatrist who assists in case management and medication decisions.
Hopewell is the only residential mental health facility in Ohio that provides this type of treatment-based, community-centered care, and is among one of very few facilities of its kind in the country that provides comprehensive mental health treatment in a working farm setting.
The Value of Therapeutic Community
The primary goal of a therapeutic community is to foster individual change and to eventually help people return to society and live a productive life. This is accomplished through a community of people (at Hopewell - staff and residents) working together to help themselves and each other. Residents learn from one another and learn to rely on each other - a skill that their illness has most likely prevented them from developing.