Assessment of an Organization
This paper will review an organization and the diverse populations it serves, including the cost for services. Who is eligible for services, role in prevention, education on mental health, wellness, the diverse populations, intervention, consultation, advocacy, and the diverse populations it serves. This paper will identify and discuss a public policy, how well the organization manifests cultural competence and if this organization be placed on the continuum of cultural competence. This writer will explore her role in advocating for and enhancing the cultural proficiency of the organization if she was to be hired. Finally, two changes with respect to the cultural competence would she want to see as a counselor at this organization.
Assessment of an Organization
Choice’s Group Inc. is a substance use treatment facility that works with those who have a criminal record. They provide Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Impulse Control Groups, Relapse Groups, Grief and Loss Groups, and Co-Occurring Groups. The population that they serve are those who are in the court system such as Felony Drug Court, DUI court, Child Protective Services (CPS) court, Federal Parole clients, Veterans Court, Child Support court, and Juvenile Drug court (Eno, 2014). Those who are eligible for services are those who are involved in the court system, however they do provide services to those who are self-pay clients who need treatment because they have criminal convictions. Those who are not involved in the court system is referred out to other agencies (Eno, 2014). This organization does not provide services do provide services to immigrants, however clients are required to be legal. They do not provide services to those who have insurance, this organization is strictly funded by the courts, however will begin accepting Medicaid clients. Choices Group is working toward those who have private insurance, they are in the middle of this transition. Choices Group is accessible to the public transportation, they even provide bus passes to their clients (Eno, 2014). Choice’s clients are assessed for mental health after they have completed a screening for emotional problems. If the client has answered yes to any of the questions on the screening, they are then seen through mental health to further the assessment. If mental health services are needed Choice’s will provide the proper services to help the clients cope with their mental health concerns. Choice’s do not have psychiatrist, if the clients are needing medications, then Choice’s will refer the client out to another agency to get the help they need (Eno, 2014). The role in education on mental health and wellness is with the clients at Choice’s. The form of education they provide is accessible, comprehensive, and integrated services for children, adolescents, and adults thus assisting clients in achieving social integration by serving as an alternative to institutional care, and by providing clients with opportunities to live in family and community settings (Eno, 2014). The role with respect to intervention at Choice’s is Cognitive behavioral therapy which helps improve client’s moods and behavior by changing their way thinking; also, how they interpret events and talk to themselves. This form of psychotherapy helps guide people into thinking more realistically and teaches them coping strategies to deal with their depression. Cognitive therapy is in most cases a short-term treatment that can have long-term results. Cognitive behavioral therapy uses the ABC model. A stands for action or activating event, B represents beliefs or thoughts that are created from the activating event, and C represents consequences or how we react to the event (Sue & Sue 2013). The services that Choice’s provide are to the clients only and the staff is culturally...
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