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LAUREL HOUSE INC

aka Laurel House, Inc.   |   Stamford, CT   |  https://www.laurelhouse.net/

Mission

Laurel House, Inc.’s mission is to help individuals and families achieve and sustain mental health to lead productive lives in the community.

Ruling year info

1985

President and CEO

Ms. Linda M. Autore

Main address

1616 Washington Blvd LAUREL HOUSE

Stamford, CT 06902 USA

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EIN

22-2511467

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With proper care, 70 – 90% of people with serious mental illness experience significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life. But there are barriers to individuals seeking help for themselves or loved ones: access to and cost of treatment; stigma, discouraging individuals from identifying mental health conditions and seeking appropriate treatment; confusing treatment options; and how/where to choose providers. Laurel House provides evidence-based programs for people living with mental illness, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their local communities. The Resources to Recover family of services provides program participants with the skills and strategies needed to meet the challenges of living well in the community, while staying connected with a main source of ongoing support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Supported Employment

Supported Employment is an evidence-based program that uses the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model (created by Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center) to help individuals with serious mental illness obtain and keep competitive jobs (not set aside for individuals with disabilities).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Supported Education is an evidence-based program that assists participants in obtaining post-secondary education or vocational certification through each step of the application, enrollment, and course/degree process. Supported Education counselors intervene as early as possible and work with area high schools to ensure a smooth transition to post-secondary education, with a goal of early intervention, minimizing the most debilitating effects of mental illness.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Supportive Housing and Community Support Services provide safe, stable and affordable housing combined with critical support services for independent living. These services are delivered in 14 Laurel House owned apartments and at scattered site apartments in the community where Laurel House is not the landlord. In addition, Laurel House’s Community Support Services received the highest level of fidelity performance rating from the State of Connecticut. Laurel House’s apartments receives no subsidies (e.g., project based vouchers). Payment is received from DMHAS for Community Support Services.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Thinking Well is a therapeutic evidence-based Cognitive Remediation program that addresses long-term cognitive impairment associated with serious mental illness. It improves underlying cognitive skills linked to better functioning in the workplace, school and community. Thinking Well is a privately funded program and 1 of only 3 Cognitive Remediation providers in the state certified in the therapeutic model.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

www.rtor.org, a free online service of Laurel House, helps individuals and families connect to expert help. This online service helps families and individuals connect with “Family-Endorsed” treatment and services. Resource Specialists - a Clinical Services Director and a Young Adult Resource Manager - answer, by phone or email, requests for personalized service. It also is an entirely privately funded program, available to all in need, not just DMHAS clients.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Social Rehabilitation skill building workshops, provide clients the skills and strategies needed to live fulfilling lives in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Laurel House helps individuals and families helps individuals and families achieve and sustain mental health and lead fulfilling lives in the community. Resources to Recover, Laurel House’s family of services, provides participants with the skills and strategies needed to address the challenges of living independently in the community. Laurel House remains committed to its core purpose of early intervention, social inclusion and recovery for those living with mental health and substance use disorders. To that end we continue to support our three primary goals to: 1) Increase access to service; 2) expand the reach of programs to local communities; and 3) enhance services for young adults.

Laurel House directs its resources to addressing and mitigating the adverse outcomes that are associated with mental illness and substance use disorders: the inability to hold a job, or return/succeed in post-secondary education; social isolation; and homelessness. There are often long delays between the first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment. Early intervention is critical, half of all cases of mental health disorders begin by age 14, 75% by age 24, and suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 15-24 (90% of whom suffer from mental illness). Nearly 100% of clients served are financially disadvantaged and 44% are people of color.
Laurel House has helped program participants: attain college and graduate degrees or vocational certifications; get and keep competitive employment; live more independently in safe, affordable supportive housing; improve thinking skills, and increase social engagement. No other organization in southwestern Connecticut provides as comprehensive an array of rehabilitative mental health programs and services. As effective as these results are, there are far more, particularly – young adults – who require help.

Laurel House is the vital link among treatment, specialized services, medical providers and the local community its integrated programs, referred to as Resources to Recover, serves. It has cultivated expert specialized resource and clinical depth, required to sustain the organization and allowed them to provide evidence-based and therapeutic programs. Laurel House works with providers who have complementary services (GED training, substance use disorder treatment and prevention) in addition to medical and mental health providers. Laurel House works with specialized organizations to supplement specific client needs that cannot be met by Laurel House services and programs. The organization also works closely with referring agencies and clinicians to coordinate rehabilitative services with clinical treatment plans.

No other organization in southwestern CT provides as comprehensive an array of rehabilitative mental health programs and services as Laurel House. Laurel House is: a Supported Employment provider (1 of 20 organizations in the State); a Supported Education provider (1 of only 5 organizations in the State and the only location in Fairfield County); and a Cognitive Remediation (Thinking Well) certified provider (1 of only 3 agencies in the State, the only location in Fairfield County, and the only offering in a non-hospital setting). Laurel House has been able to increase the capacity in programs, broadening community outreach efforts. Laurel House employees go outbound into the local towns to provide services where clients live, work and go to school, including providing on campus service for our Supported Education program, removing barriers to access to service. Outbound service has been enhanced with the use of laptops and tablets to maintain client connections during COVID -19. Laurel House provides equipment and trains clients on its use. Laurel House also created, develops and operates www.rtor.org and provides personalized phone and email support to visitors to the site requesting personalized service when they struggle to find effective mental health care.

How we listen

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Financials

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LAUREL HOUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kenneth DellaRocco

Linda M. Autore

Laurel House, Inc.

Michael R. Parker

Patricia R. Swasey

Diana N. Samponaro

Larry M. Rosenberg

John V. Raleigh

Julie R. Andersen

Susan J. Marks

Peter M. McGowan

Kenneth A. DellaRocco