The community support component of our CPRC program works on providing part of the services that are identified on each client’s treatment plan. Community support workers are in direct contact with clients who are living in their least restrictive environment. If, for example, a client’s least restrictive environment were an apartment in the community, then the community support worker would make regular home visits to that client and assist with those areas that have been identified as deficit areas. This constant contact helps the client to maintain a stable living environment which benefits all involved, including those in the community.
Areas that a community support specialist address with a consumer, dependent upon that consumer’s need, include but are not limited to: Health Practices, Stable housing and maintenance, effective communications, safety, time management, money management, nutrition, problem solving skills, family relationships, substance use issues, leisure activities, community resources, social networks, appropriate sexual behaviors and safe practices, personal productivity (i.e. job placement, volunteering), coping skills, behavioral norms, personal hygiene, grooming and dress.