We have an exceptional workforce at Compass Health who are always willing to go above and beyond for their clients. Here are some of the wonderful things our workforce is doing to support our community during this difficult time.
Adapting to Support Clients
As the pandemic continues, those facing mental health challenges have had to adapt to adjusted services from mental healthcare providers. Compass Health is adapting to meet our clients needs from home, changing the ways we provide care to best serve our clients. Read more about how mental healthcare is adapting and hear stories of individuals in our community adapting to caring for their mental health from home in this article from The Herald.
Helping the Orcas Island Community
Many families and individuals stuck at home no longer have access to essential services such as internet. The Compass Health team is partnering with other community partners on Orcas Island to bring internet and other essentials to community members in need. Read more about how this community is teaming up to provide essential services to those in need.
Gathering Essentials for Clients in Need
Our Snohomish and Skagit County PACT and IOP teams are finding ways to connect with clients by going grocery shopping and getting essentials for them. The teams are also partnering with the local food banks to collect food for clients.
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) and IOP (Intensive Outpatient) are the most intensive outpatient programs at Compass Health. Many of these clients have co-occurring mental and physical health needs and face housing challenges, meaning they often cannot make it to the store. Our staff are working with these clients to get food and other essentials, along with personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, so they can stay safe during this time.
Sending Camp in the Mail
With social distancing guidelines in place, many events, parties, and ceremonies are being postponed or cancelled. At Compass Health, our children’s intensive services team had to cancel two weekends of Camp Mariposa. But, thanks to our partnership with the Eluna Network and donors, our staff was able to send care packages to the campers and give them the opportunity to have camp at home and stay connected with each other virtually.
Our team mailed nearly 30 care packages full of the items kids would typically see at a camp weekend:
- Water bottle
- Art journal and colored pencils
- Snacks & treats
- Ingredients and recipe for making s’mores at home
- 7 C’s Card
- Glow sticks
- A note from the mentors who work at the camp
- Info on how to access their Google Classroom account so they can stay in touch with each other and download activities and worksheets
Camp Mariposa is a free, six-weekend camp for kids whose lives have been impacted by substance use in their families. Many of the kids who attend Camp Mariposa are in foster care or are living with another family member and often receive special support services from their schools (meal programs, etc.).
With schools, restaurants, and public gatherings closed or postponed, many of these kids will go months without being able to see their friends at school or at camp. We’re honored to remind our campers that there’s someone out there rooting for them and will continue to spread Camp Mariposa’s inspiration and creativity through the mail.