Thresholds rejects the notion that anyone is a lost cause, and we utilize evidence-based practices and thoughtful supports to treat the whole person, not just their mental illness. Our foremost goal is to ensure that every individual in our care, called members, receives the necessary skills and support to live an independent and fulfilling life.
Thresholds’ staff meets people where they are – out in the community. Instead of providing services in a clinic-based setting, 80% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the places where our members live and work. This allows our staff and members to work on skills, clinical interventions, and recovery that allows members to live independent lives in their own neighborhoods. Offering services in a community-based setting makes them more accessible and effective, and lessens the social exclusion that is often present in the lives of persons living with mental illnesses.
Thresholds’ recovery model is to work with members to create their individual path to recovery, rather than force at-risk individuals into a rigid set of one-size-fits-all programs. Our members are all unique—they come from vastly different backgrounds and arrive with different needs, talents, and hopes. Each member works with Thresholds’ staff to set their own specific short-term goals and objectives, based on their needs, desires, and level of self-sufficiency. We then connect each member to the programs and services that will help them reach their specific goals.
Recovery from mental illness is possible. Recovery is a process of finding and living a satisfying and meaningful life, as one defines it for oneself. We assist our members as they work to reclaim a positive sense of self, and discover their own potential, gifts, and skills.
Most individuals we serve (“members”) have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Diagnoses include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
At intake, 90% of our members are unemployed and living well below the National Poverty Level, approximately 50% have co-occurring substance abuse conditions, and most have at least one advanced physical health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Given such challenges, a comprehensive care model built of a variety of programs and services is essential in order to create a solid foundation of recovery. Thresholds believes in a respectful, collaborative approach, where staff and members work together to design an individualized course of treatment. Our prevailing goal is to help our members experience lives of greater independence and fulfillment.
Thresholds members are active in leadership throughout the organization, including a members council, program leadership, and advocacy. We believe that consumer input is critical to all program development and execution.