Places for People provides innovative and effective mental health services to people with the greatest and most complex needs but the fewest resources. Each year, our evidence-based and award-winning programs serve nearly 5,400 people in the St. Louis area. Our mission is to “Provide caring, effective services to help those with the greatest challenges recover from mental illness and associated chronic illnesses.”
Places for People combines the rich histories of two leading mental health providers. In 2011, Places for People merged with Community Alternatives. Places for People was founded in 1972 to serve patients discharged from long-term institutionalization at state psychiatric hospitals. Community Alternatives was founded in 1995 when Missouri moved to privatize outpatient mental health care.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a commentary by Ron Klutho of Places for People on December 5, 2014, "'My Bosnians': Hard-working, generous, strong."
Ron has worked with the Bosnian community for over 20 years, formerly as co-director of St. Pius V Church’s Refugee Support Program, and currently as coordinator of the Refugee and Immigrant Program at Places for People.
Our Refugee Support Program helps refugees and survivors of foreign state-sanctioned torture build new lives in the United States by coordinating all mental health needs, assisting with housing, obtaining appropriate benefits, providing links to community resources, and offering legal assistance. The team's legal assistance has helped more than 400 people gain U.S. citizenship over the years.
Children often experience strong and unpleasant emotional and physical responses to disasters. Responding with emotional first aid will help create and sustain an environment of safety, calmness, empowerment, hopefulness, and connection to others.
Please remember, Behavioral Health Response provides free, confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises. The Crisis Hotline is 314-469-6644 or toll-free at 1-800-811-4760.
EMOTIONAL FIRST AID FOR CHILDREN• Provide support and “presence”• Comfort and reduce distress• Safeguard survivors from additional harm• Reduce physical arousal• Clarify what happened• Provide reliable, credible information• Identify reminders• Reframe thinking about disaster incident• Identify resources
HELPFUL REMINDERS• Stay calm• Be an active listener• Be sensitive to language and cultural needs• Set realistic perspectives• Be non-judgmental• Defuse anger and do not tolerate negative behavior• Reduce immediate reminders• Refer to a mental health professional if symptoms persist or are delayed.• Consider child’s regular functioning pre-incident.
Some typical responses:
To Help Preschoolers
To Help Children (5-11)
TO HELP YOUTH (AGES 11-14)
TO HELP ADOLESCENTS (14-18)
Information provided by: Missouri Department of Health, SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Disaster and Terrorism Branch.
People often experience strong and unpleasant emotional and physical responses to disasters. Responding with emotional first aid will help create and sustain an environment of safety, calmness, empowerment, hopefulness, and connection to others.
Please Do• Help meet basic needs• Provide simple, clear and accurate information• Listen with compassion• Be friendly and calm• Help reconnect with family, friends and caregivers• Offer practical suggestions for helping themselves• Encourage accessing disaster response resources• Expect normal recovery
Please Don’t• Force people to share their stories• Give reassurances like “Everything will be fine”• Tell people what they should be feeling, thinking or doing• Instill your personal beliefs on others• Make promises you can’t keep• Criticize existing services or relief efforts
Seek Professional Help When• Sadness or depression continues beyond a few weeks• There is continued sleep disruption or memory problems• Despair about loss continues beyond a few weeks• Confusion/disorientation continues• Suspicions persist• Apathy becomes pronounced• Agitation or irritability persists• Anger continues or intensifies• Chronic illness is worsening or physical complaints persist• Social withdrawal or isolation persists
St. Louis, MO (Monday, September 8, 2014) Places for People and Doorways will celebrate the 10th anniversary of CJ’s Place on Friday, September 19.
The celebration will be held at CJ’s Place (1939 Sullivan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63107) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. After a 30-minute reception, a program will begin. Among the five scheduled speakers will be Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey and Doorways President & CEO Opal M. Jones. The event will conclude with a 30-minute reception. Food and refreshments will be available.
For a decade, CJ’s Place has helped provide stable housing and treatment in an innovative environment.
One of the few of its kind in the nation, CJ’s Place features 18 efficiency apartment units using a harm-reduction model for individuals living with severe mental illness, substance abuse and/or HIV. Residents are enrolled in services at Places for People and have been affected by a frequent history of homelessness and evictions due to poor choices around boundaries.
“CJ’s Place was the first, and continues to be one of the few, permanent supported housing developments built and designed to provide a necessary and humane housing option for people living with a mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder,” said PfP Executive Director Joe Yancey. “Prior to CJ’s Place there was no real housing option for these individuals other than homelessness.”
CJ’s Place encourages recovery through a supportive group environment. A 24-hour support team assists with crises and monitors controlled-access points to the building to ensure that residents have a safe, drug-free living environment. In addition, staff assist with accessing other resources in the community, building skills to live more independently, and working toward other personal goals such as employment.
CJ’s Place opened in 2004 in cooperation with Doorways, an organization with the mission to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
“Doorways is proud to collaborate with organizations like Places for People – working together to conquer difficult barriers to independence is critical to a future where everyone is healthy and has a safe place to call home,” Opal M. Jones, President and CEO said. “We found that in many of Doorways’ programs, people living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to have a mental health diagnosis and to suffer from addiction. We cannot tackle one issue without tackling the others.”
The innovative residence is named in honor of the late Charity Jean, who lived with schizoaffective disorder and drug abuse problems. Charity Jean was evicted from several apartments before being murdered in a hotel. CJ’s Place opened three years after Charity Jean’s death, with the goal of welcoming all who are committed to making changes to make their lives better.
“We’re very proud of the positive difference that CJ’s Place has had on the lives of so many tenants over the past 10 years, and much of that is due to the services and support provided by extremely dedicated staff and volunteers,” Yancey said.
Complete Event Schedule
11 - 11:30 a.m. Reception with food and refreshments
11:30 a.m. Introduction by Joe Yancey, PfP Executive Director
11:40 a.m. History of CJ’s Places by Scott Bayliff, PfP Clinical Director - CPRC
11:50 a.m. Doorways Role at CJ’s Place By Opal M. Jones, Doorways President & CEO
Noon CJ’s Place Today by Jim Nave, CJ’s Place Director
12:15 p.m. A CJ’s Place success story
12:30 - 1 p.m. Reception with food and refreshments
About Places for People: Places for People (PfP) serves more than 5,000 people annually, providing an unparalleled toolkit of programs, services, and resources for people who have serious mental illnesses, typically accompanied by complex and multilayered challenges: chronic homelessness, substance abuse disorder, primary health disorders, and trauma. For more information, visit www.placesforpeople.org.
About DOORWAYS: DOORWAYS is an interfaith non-profit organization that provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Through direct service delivery and the efforts of identified program partners, DOORWAYS’ programs and services annually benefit 1,000 households living with HIV/AIDS in the 15-county St. Louis metropolitan area, 62 under-served counties in outstate Missouri, and another 55 under-served counties in outstate Illinois. To volunteer or to donate, please visit www.doorwayshousing.org.
Contact: Chris Stalter 314-535-2310 (office) 314-825-8538 (cell)
As a host site for practicum students, Places for People is proud to provide students interested in social work and social services a real-world opportunity to gain experience. As the summer 2014 winds down, we would like to introduce you to the students who served a vital role at PfP this summer, and let them tell you in their own words what they learned from their experiences at Places for People.
Erica graduated from the Saint Louis University Master of Social Work program in August 2014. She split her time as a practicum student between Places for People's Healthcare Home team and the Faith Team. Erica will return to Places for People's Recovery Center Campus after graduation after being hired as a Community Support Staff member for our HOPE Team, with a focus on helping the people we serve find and maintain employment through our Individual Placement and Support employment program.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?
I chose Places for People because I wanted to learn more about administrative roles and research within social work, specifically in the field of mental health. I wanted to see mental from the framework of a variety of disciplines, including health care and law, which I absolutely did!
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?
I knew that PfP provided a wide variety of services to the people they serve, and that those services provide innovative, evidence-based treatment to very unique people.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?
I will (and already do!) tell people that PfP has allowed me to develop my skill set as a social worker in the most encouraging and gracious way. I was given freedom to explore my interests while developing new competencies to take with me throughout my practice.
What will some of your memories be of your time at PfP?
My first semester with PfP, I did a presentation for the Healthcare Home where I researched mortality reviews and lessons learned from clients who have passed away. It was a really humbling experience, and I felt like I really got to know the people I learned about, even though they are no longer here.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your time here?
I learned a great deal about the many factors and circumstances that play into mental illness and either promote or hinder recovery.
What did you learn about the people we serve?
I learned that the folks that Places for People serve are incredibly resourceful, resiliant, and talented people who deserve to have their voices heard. Everyone could learn from the people served by PfP.
What was one memorable moment you would like to share?
I recently had the honor of sitting in the Family Support office for 6 hours with a lovely Sudanese woman who made me laugh incessantly throughout the whole day together, and even taught me some Arabic!
Did your time here change your perspective on mental illness?
So much! I learned about the inherent strengths of people with mental health challenges and how each person is truly capable of recovery.
Theresa will graduate this fall with a Master of Social Work from the Saint Louis University Master of Social Work program. She worked with Places for People's 3700 Team. After graduation, she plans to work for Adapt of Missouri on its 3700 Team.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?This year I completed a year long practicum at the SLU Legal Clinic. My time at the SLU Legal Clinic solidified my passion for working with individuals with severe mental illness and introduced me to Places for People. Being in the field and seeing the passion and hard work Places for People staff dedicate to their clients spurred me to seek out PfP as my next practicum site.
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?Before arriving at PfP I knew that the organization offered long term case management to persons with severe mental illness.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?I will tell people that being a part of the PfP 3700 Team allowed me to work in an environment where individuals are guided toward recovery. PfP offers so much more than just routine case management. I love that the PfP staff really care about the individuals they serve. I also love that the 3700 Team is able to be professional while incorporating humor and laughter into their work (such a necessary skill for social workers!).
What did you learn about the people we serve?I learned so much through observation! I saw how individuals can still have hope even after life has been extraordinarily difficult. I also learned how to meet people where they are at (physically and mentally) and to help them build upon the success they are currently experiencing.
When do you graduate? What will your degree be in? What are your future plans?I will be graduating with my MSW this August from Saint Louis University. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a long term goal of mine. I also would like to eventually shift from direct practice to advocacy and teaching.
A student in the Washington University in St. Louis Brown School Master of Social Work program, Ja Won spent the summer with the Places for People Faith Team.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?Mental health and helping immigrants/refugees were two of my interests when I decided to study social work. Places for People was the perfect place to experience both areas and I found the Faith team would be a fantastic place to work.
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?I learned about PfP from the website. I knew PfP supported persons with mental illnesses, but I barely knew what services and programs were provided and how they worked in the field.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?I will definitely recommend PfP to my classmates as their potential practicum sites. I met great people at PfP and learned a lot from them and our clients.
What will some of your memories be of your time at PfP?Every day was dynamic and adventurous!
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your time here?I learned a lot about strengths based approach in the real field. It was difficult to apply but it was worth!What did you learn about the people we serve?They were amazing persons who overcame a lot of difficulties. I was so impressed and learned a lot from them.
What was one memorable moment you would like to share?I was so happy to hear that our client got a job. That was the most memorable moment at PfP.
Did your time here change your perspective on mental illness?Yes. I felt more empathy than before.
When do you graduate? What will your degree be in? What are your future plans?I will graduate in May 2015. I hope to work for persons with intellectual disabilities and found an organization for the population in the future.
Marian finished her practicum experience at Places for People the day before earning her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. During her time at Places for People, Marian served as an Occupational Therapist with our Healthcare Home team. She is pictured with Lisa after a morning of riding MetroLink to work on getting to know different routes and stations.
How did you choose Places for People as your practicum site?I chose Places for People as my practicum site because I knew I wanted a community-based practicum and I felt it was important for me to gain experience working with people with mental illness.
What did you know about PfP before you arrived?I live in the neighborhood and never realized PfP was located so close, all I knew was that they provided community-based services to individuals with mental illness.
What will you tell people about PfP after your time here?I will tell people that being at PfP was an invaluable learning experience for me; I had the opportunity to work with people in all levels of recovery, which provided me with important insights and skills that I will carry throughout my career.
What will some of your memories be of your time at PfP?Learning to use the public transportation system, getting to know all of the wonderful and dedicated staff, and being surprised by clients every week.
What was the biggest lesson you learned from your time here?The biggest lesson I learned from my time here is the ability to be flexible, I often found the need to completely change the time, plan, or goals of a session to better accommodate the needs of the clients.
What did you learn about the people we serve?I learned that everyone at PfP has an interesting and unique life story to share.
What was one memorable moment you would like to share?A client and I went to the Botanical Gardens and happened to be there on the day that the corpse flower was blooming, it was beautiful and stinky, and after weeks of working with that client, the first time that I saw her smile.
Did your time here change your perspective on mental illness?My time at PfP has expanded my view of mental illness, the road to recovery, and life challenges people with severe mental illness face. I expect that any setting I am in I will work with individuals with mental illness
When do you graduate? What will your degree be in? What are your future plans?I graduated August 16, 2014, with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. My plans for the future are to practice for at least a year to gain clinical experience and then work towards a career in community-based research.
ARCO Construction Company donated a truckload of household items to Places for People on Tuesday, August 5. The household items will be used in move-in boxes for people served by PfP who move from homelessness. ARCO collected items the past two weeks. ARCO interns who helped pack the truck are pictured with Places for People Community Coordinator Julia Day. We are grateful to ARCO's employees for their support of our mission and the people we serve.
Learn more how your donations of household goods can help the people we serve at http://www.placesforpeople.org/partner-with-pfp/wish-list.
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If you would like to learn more about Places for People's intake services, please call our Welcome Center at (314) 615-2111.Individuals seeking services at Places for People do not need an appointment. The Places for People Welcome Center, 4130 Lindell Blvd, 63108, has walk-in hours Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. All walk-ins will meet with an intake clinician for screening, information about PfP services, and/or community resources.
At Places for People, we are looking for caring, talented individuals who would like to help us achieve our mission.
See our current job opportunities.
Places for People's web video series, "Changing Perspectives: Stories of Hope, Health and Recovery," provides a look into the lives of people living with mental illness and the people who have dedicated their careers to help.
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Places for People, Inc. 4130 Lindell BoulevardSt. Louis, MO 63108 Tel: 314.535.5600Get directions to our Recovery Center Campus