Mental Health Services

Programs for adults with psychiatric disabilities

Supported Housing Program 
Operates in Community Residential Settings/Includes Supported Employment Opportunities

Supported Housing within the greater community:

  • encourages independence
  • supports an increase in living skills
  • promotes a satisfying quality of life for program participants
  • speeds and supports recovery

These supports reduce the frequency and duration of hospitalizations caused by a return of symptoms. The typical resident of the supported housing program benefits from:

  • prompts to take medications
  • instruction in money management skills
  • skills training for daily living activities like housekeeping and shopping
  • individual and group therapy
  • assistance and advocacy with community service providers
  • mental health care coordination

Residents live independently, but program staff are available for support. Most important for residents is the reliable and consistent support and encouragement they receive from staff.

Supported Housing Programs are located at:

  • The Hawthorn Program: A 35-unit subsidized housing facility.
  • Riverbend Supportive Community: As many as 90 units located in community apartments.
  • Family Housing Program: Approximately 20 long-term units at this shelter that also serves families.
  • Brethren Housing: 22 long-term units (includes the Afiya Apartments).
  • Shankle Program: 12 units in community apartments.
  • TIP: 8-10 units in community apartments.

Crisis Management and Intensive Care 
Provides Varying Levels of Support and Housing Needed During a Mental Health Crisis

Crisis Management and Intensive Care programs include:

  • Garden Place: Twelve-bed secure residential treatment facility.
  • The Heeran Center Residence: Sixteen-bed high level care facility.

ShelterCare’s Crisis Management and Intensive Care programs play a critical role in the system of care for adults with severe psychiatric disabilities in Lane County. Short-term programs help prevent or shorten hospitalization and provide a highly cost effective and appropriate level of care for individuals who are in crisis, but do not require intensive treatment in a psychiatric hospital setting.


Services for the Homeless
Highly Individualized Care for Indigent, Homeless Individuals that have Psychiatric Disabilities

Programs and facilities provide varying levels of care for this unique and underserved group. Programs for adults include:

  • Shankle Program offers shelter and services for 16 chronically homeless individuals and a day program for an additional 12-16 adults.
  • The Inside Program (TIP) provides short-term transitional housing and permanent housing for individuals that have generally been chronically homeless for long periods of time.

Supported Employment 
Assisting Clients to Appropriately Reengage into the Workplace

Through ShelterCare’s Supported Employment Program, ShelterCare residents with a mental health diagnosis who wish to work are helped to find and retain competitive employment after a thorough planning and benefit screening process. Those already working, or with extensive work history, receive career development counseling to improve their skills and further develop work goals.

Since the program began in 2001 with a grant from the U of O, ShelterCare has built partnerships with numerous area businesses. Employers who hire participants may also benefit from training and on-site consultation and advice from our trained staff. Employers may be eligible to receive a “Work Opportunity Tax Credit” from a special program through the Oregon Employment Department. For more information on the benefits of hiring your next employee through ShelterCare’s Supported Employment Program, call 541-686-1262.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mental Health

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