“The Deterioration of Client Profiles at Odyssey House – Possible Contributing Factors” New South Wales Government Organisations Mental Health Conference Sydney Masonic Centre March 1 – 2, 2007 “Count Me In” Innovative Community Based Approaches To Better Mental Health”.
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“The Deterioration of Client Profiles at Odyssey House –Possible Contributing Factors”New South Wales Government Organisations Mental Health ConferenceSydney Masonic CentreMarch 1 – 2, 2007“Count Me In”Innovative Community Based Approaches To Better Mental Health”
James A Pitts, M.A.Chief Executive Officer
A number of factors have contributed to the deterioration of client profiles at Odyssey House. These factors have included the increase in pharmacotherapies; lowering in the age of first intoxification; change in drug use patterns; decline in educational attainment; decline in intellectual functioning; decline is psychiatric / psychological health; high rates of criminal activity.
In order to meet the legitimate needs of our deteriorating population Odyssey House has had to make adjustments to its programming, particularly for MISA residents. These adjustments have included a reduction in the length of time in program; specific interventions for MISA residents which include group therapy and an earlier onset of 1:1 counselling. Staff training on diagnostic criteria has taken place. Liaison with the local mental health unit and accident and emergency at Campbelltown Hospital has assisted us greatly in the management of this client group.