Karis Community

Karis is a community-model residential program serving those with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Our Empowerment Program fosters empathy and a sense of belonging. Residents develop interpersonal skills, achieve personal growth and find long-term healing from their mental illness.

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Karis Community - General Operating

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Homeless
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

To provide a transitional, community-living opportunity for restoring basic life skills and improving the social well-being of individuals recovering from serious and persistent mental illness.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our overarching goal is that a minimum of 80% of Community Members will achieve significant and demonstrable progress in their recovery each fiscal year. Karis aims to serve a minimum of 35 Community Members and 70 former Community Members via our Alumni Group each year. Due to COVID-19, new applicants were staggered in March 2020 and then ultimately suspended from November 2020 to April 2021 to maintain safety and follow CDC guidelines. Because of this, we were able to serve 32 of our identified 35 Community Members. Our Alumni Group, on the other hand, grew and strengthened participation locally and out of state due to the accessibility of virtual meetings. 85% of Community Members completed each objective: consistent daily structure, reduced hospitalization, and positive transition to independent living.     

The following methods measure the impact of the program:    

Social Well Being: Staff utilizes the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI) as a tool for measuring social well-being and quality of life. This tool helps Community Members set goals, track their progress, and evaluate the overall success of the Empowerment Program. The QOLI assesses Community Members' perception of their lives in the following areas: Health, Self-Esteem, Goals, Values, Money, Work, Play, Learning, Creativity, Helping, Love, Friends, Children, Relatives, Home, Neighborhood, and Community. In addition to being an excellent tool for use with each Community Member individually, the Overall Satisfaction scores demonstrate the program's impact on the entire Community. By the time individuals complete the program, they live independently, attend the Alumni Group, and score higher on their Quality of Live Inventories.    

Work and Life Skills: Staff assesses each Community Member's living situation immediately before joining the Community. In FY2020-2021: 30% were homeless or lived in a group home, treatment facility, or sober housing; 50% lived with family members; and 20% lived independently. Karis also tracks Community Members' daily structure before entering the program and the ability to create or maintain structure before, during, and after the program. Upon arrival, 47% had no daily structure. During their participation at Karis, at least 80% were employed, volunteering, or attending school. 85% of Community Members completed each objective: consistent daily structure, reduced hospitalization, and positive transition to independent living.   

Hospitalizations: Karis tracks the number of lifetime hospitalizations, the number of hospitalizations the year before entering the program, and the number of hospitalizations during their stay. The 32 Community Members from the FY2020-21 had a combined total of 83 hospitalizations in their lifetimes and 27 hospitalizations the year before entering Karis. Only one Community Member was hospitalized during their time at Karis. One clear impact on the Greater Community is the Empowerment Program's cost-effectiveness. The cost of psychiatric hospitalization in Colorado averages $2,400 per day, and the cost at Karis is $74 per day. Karis offers an effective use of scarce mental health dollars to help individuals learn to manage their illnesses without expensive in-patient care.      

Empowerment Program

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
At-Risk Populations
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Karis uses a community-oriented approach that enables adults (21 or older) recovering from serious and persistent mental illness to restore basic life skills, improve relationships and social well-being, and transition to independent living. Following WWII, Great Britain discovered that veterans experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder were able to find significant recovery in communal environments. This approach helped shape Karis' therapeutic community model. Karis serves over 100 individuals each year, including Community Members and the Alumni Group. At Karis, our work lies at the intersections of mental illness, trauma, and substance use. Recovery goals typically include reducing and managing symptoms, learning coping strategies, developing life skills, and restoring the capacity to engage in healthy relationships with others. The program helps Community Members to live fulfilling lives and to continue to reduce their symptoms. During Community Members' time at Karis and after completing the program, they often find employment, avoid costly hospitalizations, and strengthen family relationships.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our overarching goal is that a minimum of 80% of Community Members will achieve significant and demonstrable progress in their recovery each fiscal year. Karis aims to serve a minimum of 35 Community Members and 70 former Community Members via our Alumni Group each year. Due to COVID-19, new applicants were staggered in March 2020 and then ultimately suspended from November 2020 to April 2021 to maintain safety and follow CDC guidelines. Because of this, we were able to serve 32 of our identified 35 Community Members. Our Alumni Group, on the other hand, grew and strengthened participation locally and out of state due to the accessibility of virtual meetings. 85% of Community Members completed each objective: consistent daily structure, reduced hospitalization, and positive transition to independent living.     

The following methods measure the impact of the program:    

Social Well Being: Staff utilizes the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI) as a tool for measuring social well-being and quality of life. This tool helps Community Members set goals, track their progress, and evaluate the overall success of the Empowerment Program. The QOLI assesses Community Members' perception of their lives in the following areas: Health, Self-Esteem, Goals, Values, Money, Work, Play, Learning, Creativity, Helping, Love, Friends, Children, Relatives, Home, Neighborhood, and Community. In addition to being an excellent tool for use with each Community Member individually, the Overall Satisfaction scores demonstrate the program's impact on the entire Community. By the time individuals complete the program, they live independently, attend the Alumni Group, and score higher on their Quality of Live Inventories.    

Work and Life Skills: Staff assesses each Community Member's living situation immediately before joining the Community. In FY2020-2021: 30% were homeless or lived in a group home, treatment facility, or sober housing; 50% lived with family members; and 20% lived independently. Karis also tracks Community Members' daily structure before entering the program and the ability to create or maintain structure before, during, and after the program. Upon arrival, 47% had no daily structure. During their participation at Karis, at least 80% were employed, volunteering, or attending school. 85% of Community Members completed each objective: consistent daily structure, reduced hospitalization, and positive transition to independent living.   

Hospitalizations: Karis tracks the number of lifetime hospitalizations, the number of hospitalizations the year before entering the program, and the number of hospitalizations during their stay. The 32 Community Members from the FY2020-21 had a combined total of 83 hospitalizations in their lifetimes and 27 hospitalizations the year before entering Karis. Only one Community Member was hospitalized during their time at Karis. One clear impact on the Greater Community is the Empowerment Program's cost-effectiveness. The cost of psychiatric hospitalization in Colorado averages $2,400 per day, and the cost at Karis is $74 per day. Karis offers an effective use of scarce mental health dollars to help individuals learn to manage their illnesses without expensive in-patient care.      

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