Taylor first noticed mental health symptoms when she started to experience confusion while at home and work. On the outside she was fine, but on the inside, she was depressed and anxious. Only later did she realize her mental health had been getting worse over the past few years.
As her depression and anxiety got worse, she struggled through each day. “There was no fun in my life, and it was tough to get out of bed,” said Taylor. “Everything was collapsing around me. I lost my job and my apartment and ended up in the hospital.”
Her case manager referred her to the Intentional Communities program. The program helped her find an apartment and a rental subsidy. “I meet with an IC staff who provides support in my home,” said Taylor. “I attend the weekly Community meetings where we offer emotional and social support for each other. I’m happy and interested in life again.”
The Intentional Communities program brings together peers who live in their own apartment and creates a “community” of peers who support each other in their mental health recovery. Touchstone staff work as advocates to help individuals with housing, living and socialization skills, and find resources to improve their mental health stability.
- The Community meets regularly in the Philips neighborhood of Minneapolis.
- The Community meets at a centrally located apartment, that serves as a space for individuals to meet weekly, plan recreational activities, and share communal meals.
- Shared decisions are made through group discussions and the development of program agreements.
- Touchstone staff organize and coordinate member activities and meetings and provide one-on-one support.
- Housing Stabilization Services (HSS) assist people in building housing stability.
- Rehabilitative services (AMRHS) provides assistance in developing and enhancing mental health stability, social and living skills, so individuals can achieve their personal goals.
Who We Serve
- Adults with a serious and persistent mental illness who live in Hennepin County
- Individuals must have Medical Assistance
- Individuals must be referred by a mental health provider