About

Mission

Cirrus House, Inc. is a multi-service non-profit 501 C-3 founded in 1984 to provide support for persons with mental illness outside of clinical settings.

The mission of Cirrus House, Inc.is to promote quality of life and independence for people living with mental illness in the Nebraska Panhandle by providing advocacy and opportunities for housing, employment, and education. Most importantly we promote a strengths-based, peer-supported community where members can find belonging, purpose, and encouragement working side-by-side with staff and other members. We are CARF-Accredited and therefore we are recognized among an international community of programs and agencies delivering superior standards of care and providing excellence in outcomes.

Work! It’s What We Dohas a double meaning. Our programs focus on self-sufficiency and the use of WORK as a catalyst for rehabilitation and long term success. This focus also WORKS as proven by university research, evidence based practices and superior outcomes.[i]

[Read more about WORK related to the Clubhouse Model]

Services/Programs

The Clubhouse:

Our flagship program, the Clubhouse, offers Day Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation, transportation (over 13,000 rides per year), meals (lunch, five days per week) Transitional and Supportive Employment, and education for people working to reclaim their lives from mental illness. Cirrus House uses meaningful, real work as a catalyst for rehabilitation to help people whose lives have been drastically interrupted by a major mental illness.

The internationally recognized Clubhouse Model sees participants as members or co-equals in every aspect of development. They are not seen as “clients” or “consumers” but valued persons with important strengths, skills, and talents to contribute to their own success and the success of others. The Clubhouse philosophy (a.k.a. mental health psychosocial rehabilitation) is a university researched, evidence-based practice that is widely recognized for its long term success in helping people live active productive lives. Clubhouse Model is on the National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Programs of the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Employment Programs are designed to provide rehabilitation services and supports to members engaged in community-based competitive employment. We provide assistance with all aspects of employment development by supporting members in the recovery process so their employment goals can be successfully obtained. The Clubhouse offers vocational rehabilitation, transitional employment and supported employment.

Housing:

Cirrus House, Inc. is a low-income housing pioneer in the state of Nebraska with over 80 units of special needs, low income housing. Our housing program was one of the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority’s (NIFA) very first success stories for special needs housing run by a non-profit (CRANE[ii]). Our three tax credit projects have been recognized for excellence and touted as models for other communities in the state of Nebraska to follow. We also have supported permanent housing including a 23 bed Assisted Living Program serving persons with special needs.

Youth Programs:

The Transitional Age Program (TAP) provides nine apartments for homeless youth(ages 16 to 24) who have a mental health diagnosis and are striving for adult independence.  TAP youth are responsible for maintaining their own apartment and given adult responsibilities but they have the benefit of staff that work with them to achieve success and learn new skills. TAP helps participants learn the independent living skills necessary to transition to living on their own in the community. Skills include maintaining their own apartment, cooking, cleaning, money management, shopping on a budget, and being a responsible neighbor/renter. Simultaneously youth are actively engaged in work/employment, and furthering their education.

The Youth Transition Services (YTS) is very similar to our adult Community Support program. Participants learn the same independent living skills taught in the TAP and interact with other transitional age youth in weekly outreach activities, sponsored by Cirrus House. Transition age youth may be planning to transition out of foster care or their parents’ home or they may already being living on their own but need extra help to maintain their successful independence. The program is designed to promote and enhance independence skills, provide an atmosphere for peer support and provide opportunities for community service. The community service activities (both in TAP and YTS) give transition age youth opportunities to develop leadership skills and altruism.

Adult Community Based Programs:

In general, our community based services support individuals working to overcome obstacles caused by mental health issues, homelessness, past trauma, or personal crisis. We also provide transitional supports/services for those experiencing major life changes such as a youth transitioning out of foster care, a veteran re-entering civilian life, or a person re-integrating into the community after hospitalization, homelessness, domestic abuse, incarceration, substance abuse recovery, or other life changing events.

Adult Community Support: Community Support is a rehabilitative and support service for individuals with a serious and persistent mental illness and/or those in substance abuse recovery. Community Support Workers provide direct rehabilitation and support services to people in the community supporting them to maintain stable community living, prevent worsening of mental illness symptoms and prevent admission to higher levels of care.

Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-housing: provides financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. Severe mental illness and homelessness often go hand in hand; therefore, Cirrus House, Inc. has been an advocate for homeless persons since its inception.

PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness): PATH services are for people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Services include community-based outreach, mental health, substance abuse, case management and other support services, as well as a limited set of housing services.

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery): is an outreach program designated to assist homeless/near homeless individuals in applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income.  A SOAR representative provides assistance throughout the application process by aiding the applicant in attending appointments and following up with the requests of Disability Determinations until a decision is reached.  Assistance is also available during an   appeal process.

Outpatient Therapy Services: We have two licensed therapists available for appointments. Come see how Marcia L. Estrada, LIMHP, LADC or Tara M. DeWitt, LSCW can help you manage your symptoms and renew your outlook on life.

 

 

[i] Strengths Based Philosophies Observed at Cirrus House: Clubhouse Philosophy, Positive Youth Development (PYD), Housing First, Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), Motivational Interviewing, Interactive Journaling, and others.

[ii] The Collaborative Resource Allocation for Nebraska (CRANE) program is a strategic allocation process between NIFA and other collaborating resource providers to accomplish difficult projects. The focus and primary purpose of the CRANE program is to encourage the development of affordable housing through long-term, coordinated job creation/enhancement, housing development and community development strategies in Nebraska.

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