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Mission Statement

Casas de Vida Nueva (CVN) will provide a transitional, residential, therapeutic farm community for the purpose of equipping adults with a diagnosed mental illness to become more self-sufficient and functional contributors to society

Vision

We will assist adults through a comprehensive set of programs.

These programs will help improve the ability of people with mental illness to develop coping skills that will enhance and expand their daily lives.We will encourage them to achieve a more independent status making it possible for them to function and live independently.

Our ultimate vision is to provide programs in a sustainable therapeutic farm community where the persons we assist will live, have opportunities to work, and share in a safe, caring, culturally responsive, and sustainable environment.

How will this program be funded?

CVN is reaching out to local, regional and national foundations and special interest organizations for donations/grants.    Since the fifteen acres to be donated are currently farmed, the infrastructure will be the first major expense.

Federal housing grants will be applied for special needs people (persons with mental health needs).   Once residences are built, each person will be charged monthly fees for housing and services, to be paid by insurance, private pay, and/or Medicaid.

Phase One will include a Community Building, a 10 person resident sleeping quarters, a barn, and houses  for Executive Director and Farm Manager.  Additional farm buildings (hoop houses and hen trailer) will be built.

Phase Two will add 14-15 more bedrooms,  and additional housing for staff.

Where will residents go when they complete their stay at CVN?

The program is designed to enable residents to move on to a more self-sufficient setting. There they will apply the skills of interdependency they have learned to become connected and supported in their new environment. CVN is collaborating with NEW LIFE HOMES for placement in one bedroom homes with a manager on site. Aftercare and respite will be available to residents who wish to return to the farm for holidays or short stays.

How will recovery be measured?

Upon admission, each resident will receive a baseline evaluation, with ongoing measurement of progress at least every three months. Using generally accepted measurement tools, CVN will conduct ongoing qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate each resident’s progress, and the overall effectiveness of the program. Residents will be tracked for at least one year after discharge to evaluate their recovery progress.

What skills will be acquired?

Residents will learn; organic/permaculture farming techniques, livestock/animal care, cooking, beekeeping, improved self-care, improved communication and enhance their community living skills. In addition, small business fundamentals will be incorporated in the harvesting and sale of organic farm products.

Who will supervise the program?

CVN will employ social workers, case managers, peer counselors and agricultural/permacultural/organic farming experts. Teamwork will be established among the professional staff leaders and residents, to jointly motivate and educate in specific tasks. CVN has established relationships with key universities for training and internship opportunities.

Who will live on the farm?

Residents with mental health needs such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression will live in the community. Professional staff and their families will also live on site.

What are the admission criteria?

Residents are referred to CVN by mental health professionals, families, or by themselves and must meet the following criteria

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Diagnosis of mental illness or SDMI ( Severe Disabling Mental Illness)
  • Cannot be actively suicidal or harmful to others
  • Clearance from treating psychiatrist that applicant is able to participate in the residential work program
  • Resident agrees to participate in a daily, structured program at least six hours per day as directed by an individually developed treatment plan
  • Committed to abstinence from substance abuse

What is Casas de Vida Nueva?

CVN is developing a therapeutic farm which will serve mental health needs for adults 18 years and older. Using a sustainable agricultural community as a learning environment, CVN will promote recovery while teaching practical skills, promoting socialization within a community, and providing state-of-the art medical and psychological assistance.

What kinds of therapies will be used?

CVN will develop individualized and holistic treatment plans with each resident. Traditional mental health therapies, including psychiatric care and personal medication education, will be provided along with therapeutic work in the out-of-doors. Using peer support, therapy will also include working in the garden and caring for the animals on the farm. Multicultural needs will be integrated into appropriate interventions.

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