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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to provide health and human services that empower individuals, familes and communities to live healthier, seft-determined lives.

Results: COMHAR is a trusted community partner that helps transform the lives of underserved populations in need of quality health care for mental health concerns, co-occurring substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are committed to inclusivity, supporting individuals of every age, level of need, and background, including culturally sensitive care for the Latinx community, and an affirming environment for the LGBTQIA+ community. With a dedicated team of experts that blends clinical excellence with compassion, COMHAR provides exceptional health and human services for every child, adult, and family in need of support. Diverse offerings include outpatient treatment, residential living arrangements, support groups, job and skills training, interventional services for children, and more. With multiple service locations and more than one hundred fifty (150) residential housing units across Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Northampton counties, COMHAR significantly impacts the lives of more than five thousand five hundred (5,500) individuals and families per month.

Target demographics: Individuals with mental health, substance use challenges, and intellectual disabilities. We are committed to inclusivity, supporting individuals of every age, level of need, and background.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6500 individuals with mental health, substance use challenges, and intellectual disabilities receive services

Geographic areas served: The Philadelphia North Philadelphia and Surrounding Community

Programs: COMHAR serves individuals and families from infancy to older adults. Our Children’s Services division offers two programs―Intensive Behavioral Health Services at home and/or in school for youth between the ages of three (3) months to twenty-one (21) years old, and Multidisciplinary Evaluation Services for newborns to three (3)-year-olds, to determine the need for early intervention involving speech, language, occupational, and physical therapy, as well as special instruction. Our Collaborative Community Support Services division extends numerous supportive options to adults eighteen (18) years and older. For individuals with mental health diagnoses and possibly co-occurring substance use disorders, our Community Intensive Recovery Centers (CIRCs) offer four distinct support programs designed to address the unique needs of specific communities. These programs include HOPE for All, providing peer support, relationship building and lifeskills for adults and seniors; HOPE Beginnings, offering supportive recovery for individuals with co-occurring challenges; HOPE Latino, a full suite of psychiatric services designed to meet the behavioral health needs of members of the Latinx community; and the Community Living Room (CLR), a community-based LGBTQIA+-affirming psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults living with HIV and a mental health diagnosis. At the Open Door Clubhouse, our purpose is to support individuals with mental illness as they work on their recovery, transitioning from dependent patients to independent individuals. Members live, learn, work, and create together in the community as they rebuild a sense of self-worth through personal responsibility, connection with others, and employment. Through the Housing First Model, our Supported Independent Living (SIL) program assist homeless individuals experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in the transition to obtaining and remaining in permanent housing. Participants develop critical skills in the areas of self-care, nutrition, and money management. Our Intellectual Disability division comprises six programs. Behavioral Support Services offers one-on-one clinical support. Community Participation Support Services focuses on skill development by engaging members in meaningful community experiences. ID Day offers a facility-based experience for individuals to socialize, build independent living skills, and move toward increased community access. ID Residential provides skill training and assistance with daily living in a residential environment. Supported Employment features job coaches who help individuals find and retain employment. Our Intermediate Care Facility serves people diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities and related conditions. Our Intensive Residential and Community Services division includes four programs. Community Residential Rehabilitation assists individuals with chronic psychiatric disabilities to live as independently as possible with a focus on rehabilitation, recovery, and resilience. Our long-term Structured Residences in Philadelphia and Northampton provide highly structured therapeutic treatment facilities for those with mental illness, substance use disorders, special needs, and other risk factors. Our Walker Road Specialized Supportive Housing in Northampton provides residential treatment in a familial setting for people with both behavioral and physical health concerns. Targeted Case Management offers a blend of treatment for mental illness with additional community supports to work toward specific outcomes. Within Targeted Case Management are two specialty teams―a Young Adult Team and a Bi-Lingual, Spanish-Speaking Team―to provide customized services to meet the needs of every individual. Our Outpatient Services division includes three distinctive programs, with a focus on the specific needs of the various populations we serve. Enhanced Outpatient offers several evidence-based services including Cognitive Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and their parents, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services for individuals living with opiate and substance use disorders. Our Latino Treatment Program offers culturally sensitive support services for members of the Latinx community, Specialized Services provides trauma-informed and affirming services to the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or those living with HIV/AIDS and the people affected by it.

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