JCI’s psychosocial rehabilitation program, formerly known as the Unity House, serves persons with chronic mental illness. Located in Selma, NC, JCI began operation of the program in 2007. This clubhouse model assists with recovery and stabilization and is designed to help adults with psychiatric disabilities develop, enhance and/or retain psychiatric stability, social and independent living competencies and increase individual functioning. Services maximize the client's ability to live as independently as possible, manage their illness and their lives with as little professional intervention as possible, and to participate in community opportunities related to functional, social, educational and vocational goals. Members are directed to focus on strengths and abilities rather than on their "illness", as well as on the interdependence and self-determination of the individual. These services are available in Johnston County at 112 W. Richardson Street, Selma, NC 27576 and are funded by Medicaid and state dollars.
Unity House members work closely with staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the program which consist of:
- Clerical - Telephone, calendars, newsletters, menus, computer training, and resource availability
- Kitchen/Food/Nutrition - Meals, snacks, homemade items (baking is recovery), budgeting, and healthy eating habits
- Maintenance/Groundskeeping - Gardening, yard and home maintenance, minor home repairs, and landscaping
- Housekeeping - Daily cleaning, laundry
- Recovery - Diagnosis exploration, coping skills, advocacy, symptom management, increased knowledge of self
- Social Skills - Appropriate engagement with others
- Medication - Understanding what medications are, why they are prescribed, side effects, medication regimen, and advocacy
- Art/Music Therapy - Self-expression and symptom management
- Volunteer - Work performance, following instruction, and interaction with others
- Book Club - Increase reading skills, verbal skills, comprehension, and self-esteem
- Adult Basic Education Classes - Reading, writing, and math skills taught by Johnston Community College instructor
I have been attending the psychosocial rehabilitation program for 1 ½ years. I like the program because the staff and other members let me be who I am. I am able to find out about myself and help other people through art. I am an artist and just won the JCI Christmas Card Contest. I created a mural that represents my recovery and other members' recovery. I have learned a lot about recovery, how to get along with other members and my family, and how to cook on my own. I am a better person for participating: It is a great program!