The YWCA’s Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities (MHID) Program empowers individuals with serious mental health and/or intellectual disabilities to develop skills and coping techniques to foster recovery and achieve the maximum level of independence at which they can successfully function.
Medication Monitoring: Individuals are supported to acquire necessary skills to manage medications and control symptoms that would otherwise put them at risk for inpatient care or restrictive living arrangements. This component is managed by our Program Director, our Clinical Supervisor (a Registered Nurse) and a Consulting Psychiatrist.
Referrals and admission to this program are made through program staff and approved by Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed care company. This service is available 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. every day of the year for qualified individuals.
Supported Living Services: These services are available for individuals with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities, and are designed to meet service goals in consultation with the Behavioral Services Unit and support coordinators/case workers.
Services include, but are not limited to budgeting and shopping assistance, nutrition education, and household maintenance support and life skills assistance.
The YWCA’s Housing and Employment Services (HES) program offers safe and secure emergency housing to women and women with children who have nowhere else to stay.
Shelter: Our 30-day shelter provides a family atmosphere while residents work with program staff to find permanent housing.
Case Management: Program staff assist individuals with:
- obtaining safe, affordable, and permanent housing
- job searches, resume preparation, employment readiness
- learning how to budget and skills of daily living
- applying for social security benefits
Case management services are available to residents and non-residents alike.
The YWCA Bradford Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Please call the YWCA at 814-368-4235 for income limits and further questions.
The YWCA’S Food Pantry Program is a source of supplemental food to individuals and families, from Bradford and Eldred, who are on a limited income or have an acute need.
Individuals may sign up by coming to the Food Pantry and filling out an application.
According to State regulation, participants may only attend the YWCA Food Pantry or the Salvation Army Food Pantry once every 30 days. Participants may not attend both. If one would like to switch to one or the other, s/he may fill out a form.
The amount of food received will depend on the number of people in each family.
Emergency food boxes are available by coming to the YWCA. Once an emergency food box is received, participants may attend the regular food pantry 30 days later, during its regularly scheduled hours.
The type of food received will vary, but there should be enough food for several meals.Typical staples include peanut butter and pasta. There may be canned meat or tuna, canned fruit and juice, canned vegetables, soup, boxed potatoes and cereal based on donations from community members.
DYNAMICS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that takes place between family members or intimate partners.
Domestic violence can occur between spouses, partners, adults and their dependent children, same-sex couples, and the elderly and their family caregivers.
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
Domestic violence affects adults and children regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status or educational background, and can lead to serious injury or death.
Alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness or previous experience does not cause domestic violence, though these issues generally do have an impact on relationships.
Other terms used to talk about “domestic violence” include:
- Wife battering
- Domestic abuse
- Intimate partner violence
- Family violence
- Relationship abuse
- Dating violence
These terms do not necessarily mean the same thing, however each term can shed light on a different aspect of domestic violence.
What is Sexual Violence/Abuse?
Sexual Abuse is an umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to:
- Child sexual abuse
- Date rape
- Drug facilitated sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Forced prostitution
Sexual abuse involves any unwanted sexual contact where the victim has been forced, coerced or tricked into participation against her/his will. This can include the use of force, emotional bargaining, blackmail or mind games to force sexual contact. Anyone may be a victim. Male or female, young or old, rich or poor, all educational levels.
Sexual violence is a crime of power and control. It is NOT about sex.
Over 80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows-a relative, friend, or date. It is much higher, 93%, for child victims.
Symptoms of sexual abuse in children may include nightmares, depression, age inappropriate interest in sexual matters, fear of a particular person, genital infections, sexually transmitted infections, age-inappropriate bed-wetting, and drug and alcohol abuse.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Gather information, attend trainings, and contact the Victims’ Resource Center.
Lend a sympathetic ear
Let your friend or loved one know that you care and are willing to listen without judgment or blame. Don’t force the issue. Believe them.
Keep your mind and ears open
Support the victim’s decisions. Focus on supporting your friend or loved one’s ability to make decisions that are best for them under the circumstances. Do not offer advice. Support whatever decision is made, even if you do not agree with it.
Helping to protect your friend or loved one includes treating the information shared with you as confidential.
Guide her/him to services
If your friend or loved one is asking for advice, let her/him know about the YWCA Victims’ Resource Center. Give her/him our hotline number. Offer to be with her/him when they call or to accompany them to an appointment with one of our advocates who will explain their rights and options. An advocate will also help develop a safety plan.
No one deserves to be abused.
Abuse is never the victim’s fault.