Twitchell House is a 15-bed residential treatment program for adults suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, whose symptoms interfere with their daily functioning to the point that they require 24 hours a day staffed care. Twitchell House is a certified residence by the Division of Behavioral Health. It is licensed annually by the State of NH, Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Operations Support. The program provides the necessary residential, psychiatric and rehabilitative services aimed at empowerment and promotion of the person’s active and positive participation in the broader community, for those people who would otherwise be institutionalized, incarcerated, homeless and indigent and display a deteriorating clinical course and a poor quality of life. Twitchell house staff is trained to provide developmentally appropriate services to aging people who typically have co-morbid medical problems, but the program is not limited to aging individuals.
The purpose of Riverbend’s “Step Up”, the CSP restorative partial hospitalization program, is to promote recovery for persons with serious mental illness by providing treatment and rehabilitation in a community setting. Services develop consumer skills and ability to manage symptoms in order to address functional impairments and succeed in a variety of community living environments. Our intent is to promote independence, healthy interpersonal relationships, residential stability, productive use of time and health. Participation in restorative partial hospitalization services or the “Step Up” Program shall be based on the individual needs as documented in their Individual Service Plan and functional deficits identified in the eligibility determination process.
Project for Assistance in the Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
Riverbend is applying for funding under the PATH program to continue and expand outreach to persons in our service area experiencing homelessness and help them access needed mental health services and co-occurring substance use treatment. We also work to prevent those at imminent risk of homelessness, by helping them connect with mental health services that will help them address issues which may put them in danger of losing their housing. The PATH program and Riverbend work collaboratively with many of the community agencies/organizations to best meet the needs of homeless individuals.
The Mill House program consists of 19 private (one bedroom and studio) non-smoking apartments for individuals with low income who are in need of moderate levels of staff support to address their psychiatric symptoms and functional impairments. The program’s goal is to promote recovery and the highest level of independent living. Residential staff work with tenants providing functional support services to resident consumers in their apartments, the facility and the community. Functional Support Services along with safe affordable housing are intended to support individuals who in their absence would be at increased risk of homelessness and hospitalization. The Mill House program is handicap accessible and provides 24 hour staff coverage. It is a collaborative effort between Riverbend Community Mental Health and the Mill House Limited Partnership.
The purpose of the Fayette Street Housing Program is to provide safe, affordable and supportive housing to nine Riverbend consumers who are in need of these services. Residential staff provide functional support services to the resident consumers at this residence for sixteen hours a day. There is no overnight supervision. The program is intended to assist consumers who, in the absence of functional support services, might otherwise be at increased risk of homelessness and institutionalization. The first floor is handicap accessible. The building is located in the community of downtown Concord, promoting normalization for consumers living at this residence.