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Step Up on Second involves individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in developing opportunities to reintegrate into the community. Step Up is dedicated to long-term support of people in recovery and their families, offering quality housing, educational, social and work experiences. Step Up is committed to increasing public understanding and acceptance of mental illness. Since 1984, we have been providing psychosocial rehabilitation for people who suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression. About 55 percent of our members are homeless and all live below the poverty level. Last year, we helped over 1,200 men and women through a list of different programs.
Step Up on Second has 22 programs addressing the different aspects of the thousands of men and women suffering from mental illness. Most of our members are initially homeless (about 55 %) when they walk through our doors, although we do not turn away anyone who needs our help. From our gateway program of providing meals, showers, laundry, mail drop off, group support and other programs, we engage the member through a psychosocial model that gives them the opportunity to create goals and achieve them. Step Up on Second assists individuals, housed and homeless, suffering from schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, severe depression, and those dually diagnosed (suffering from both mental illness and substance dependency). Step Up on Second is open seven days a week, year round, to provide free quality services to members (our term for participants), all of whom, due to their disability, live below poverty level. The qualifications for membership are a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness and a commitment from the individual to participate actively in his or her recovery. Once an individual becomes a member of Step Up, he or she works with a caseworker and together they monitor the progress made toward achieving the goals of that member's individualized recovery plan.
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