In-Home Services (ARMHS)
There are times in life when stressful situations, such as pregnancy, traumatic birth, or experiencing a loss can overwhelm us to the point where the everyday chores of living become difficult. For these situations, Equal Footing offers mental health rehabilitation services to help individuals recover to the point where they can manage their lives again.
These services, designated as Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) by the state of Minnesota, assist and support people in developing skills in areas such as finding and using community resources, learning about their mental health “red flags,” coping with the transition to parenthood and learning tools to manage the many roles inherent in this transition, and many others.
To be eligible, individuals must be age 18 or older, diagnosed with a severe mental illness, struggle with daily functioning, and have insurance coverage of Medical Assistance or other plan with ARMHS services coverage. This recovery-based service of Equal Footing is available throughout Ramsey and Hennepin county.
Training and Recruiting Therapists of Color
“Communities of color and low income communities face elevated levels of mental and substance use disorders, and experience higher rates of suicide, poverty, domestic violence, childhood and historical trauma, as well as involvement in the foster care and criminal justice systems. Historically, these diverse populations tend to have less access to care, lower or disrupted service use, and poorer behavioral health outcomes. These disparities may be related to factors such as a lack of access to health care, the need for a diverse health care workforce, a lack of information, and the need for culturally and linguistically competent care and programs. “https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/gmh/minority-health-and-mental-health-disparities-program.shtml
Unfortunately, there is an incredible lack of therapists of color in the field of mental health. The American Psychological Association recently reported that 1.5% of their members are African-American. (https://blavity.com). In an effort to increase the number of therapists of color in our community Equal Footing is dedicated to recruiting and training.
Here are some of the steps we will take:
1. Early Exposure to the Field
Equal Footing will take part in Career Days at high schools around the Twin Cities, we will seek out opportunities to speak and be present at Community College events, we will reach out to local 4-year Colleges to talk with students and faculty about the mental health field.
Paying for a Masters degree, completing an internship, paying for two years of supervision, and working early in a career in a low paying job makes the mental health field unattainable for many. Equal Footing will create a fund for therapists of color to pay for supervision costs, national and state exam costs, and professional membership dues.
3. Lack of Cultural Competency
Equal Footing is dedicated to creating a work environment that is inclusive, competent and centers the voices of marginalized communities.