In the spring of 2011, Hamilton County faced a very unique opportunity. The local hospital had built a new facility and offered to donate the old Hamilton County Hospital facility to the county. Patti Treibel, the Hamilton County Central Point of Coordination discussed concepts for sub-acute care with other county CPCs and seized this opportunity to explore options.
The concept was a holistic recovery model that incorporated a tiered development of services, starting with Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and Community Support Service, which would lay a foundation and corporate structure for future steps. This step would be followed by the development of Peer Support Service programs, which would incorporate individuals with “lived experience” in mental health as key factors in the recovery model. The final tier of the concept was to utilize this structured base corporation to support the development of crisis intervention services.
Central Iowa Recovery (CIR) continues to grow, and additional counties have expressed interest in becoming a part of the company service area so that the residents of their counties can receive these valuable service programs. CIR has more work to do within the current service area, expanding its Peer Support Service to additional counties, along with assessing the need of additional IPR practitioners in some of its current operation areas. The Peer Support Service and staff, as predicted, has become a very valuable asset to the company and the expansion of this service is a must. CIR constantly looks for talented people to hire and train as IPR practitioners. All in all, this situation leads to company growth and multiple employment opportunities for those who have an interest in assisting others on their road to recovery.
CIR offers three support programs: Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service, Peer Support Service and Community Support Service.
Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service is a service program delivered to adults with chronic mental illness by CIR staff with the mission of assisting individuals to “Choose, Get, and Keep” a life changing goal in their “Living, Learning, Working, or Social” environments.
Peer Support Service provided by Central Iowa Recovery (CIR) is a service provided to mentally ill individuals to benefit them in their recovery experience. The CIR Peer Support Service is provided by Peer Support Specialists (PSS) who have “lived experience”. These PSS support the individuals served by modeling competency in recovery and coping skills. All Peer Support Specialists have worked on their own recovery and can share those experiences.
Community Support Service is a service program delivered to adults with Chronic Mental Illness by CIR staff with the goal of Mental Health Stability for the individual in the community.