In this edition of CAHS Connects, we highlight our mobile outreach services for mental health and substance abuse issues. Nearly one in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and millions of Americans struggle with opioid addiction.
The needs of many who struggle with mental illness and opioid addiction cannot be met completely in a clinic setting, so Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) has mobile satellite, outreach, treatment, and crisis teams that serve individuals and families throughout its seven-parish area. These mobile services are vital, comprehensive in scope, and act to provide treatment and prevent hospitalization.
CAHS’ first mobile teams grew out of a need to reach evacuees post-Katrina who were located in shelters and temporary housing sites. Today, nearly 15 years later, mobile teams have become an integral part of our treatment and outreach, providing ongoing treatment and crisis services to differing populations, based on their need.