Lantern Community Services takes a full-service, client-centered approach to fostering our clients’ physical and mental well-being.
Our formerly homelessness clients – and the many youth we serve who spent years in the foster care system (usually as the result of neglect or abuse in their families of origin) – face numerous health challenges, including mental illness, trauma, chronic disease, addiction, and poor nutrition.
In all our buildings, onsite Health and Wellness Coordinators, in collaboration with case managers, assess each client’s health and wellness needs and, in partnership with the client, create a plan for addressing those needs. Whether a client needs smoking cessation support, treatment for chemical dependency, HIV risk reduction services, nutritional counseling, or access to primary or specialized medical care, Lantern provides the necessary linkages, services, access, and support. In addition, we employ a proven model called SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) to assist eligible residents in accessing disability income benefit programs that improve their quality of life and ensure they have the income needed to support their permanent housing costs.
Mental health is a major concern for many of our clients. Lantern’s staff are highly trained in working with individuals with mental health conditions, including those with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). In many buildings, we use a proven approach called the Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) model to improve functioning and reduce hospitalizations among our clients living with mental illness.
In addition, our trauma-informed services provide support that is responsive to the complex needs of the people we serve. And, as our healthcare system undergoes major transformation, Lantern’s expert teams help residents navigate these changes to get the medical and mental health care they need.