Treating the Whole Person, Not Just the Diagnosis

The ability to transform is at the core of OPI’s beliefs and commitment to every participant and family.

This occurs in all of our OPI Living Programs because participants are given all the support and clinical help they need to:

  • Begin to move out into the real world, discover their passions and find a life worth living.
  • Simultaneously, gain an understanding about what has held them back in the past and learn the most skillful ways to cope with it.

Every participant has their own therapist/case manager and, depending upon their interests, a single day may consist of going to school or to a job, volunteer at an animal shelter (for instance) or take Tae Kwon Do lessons AND ALSO go to group and individual psychotherapy sessions, one-to-one life skills management training, engage in medication management meetings with a psychiatrist, etc.

By the way, don’t worry about Los Angeles freeways: We drive everybody everywhere.

In this way, each participant is beginning to move forward as is appropriate for their age and their program is individualized because they are:

  1. pursuing their own interests that act as “springboards” to help us help them begin to move forward.
  2. receiving the support of staff, clinicians and peers in group therapy, meetings with individual therapist/case manager or psychiatrist for medication management, meeting with their life skills coach, etc.

They make close friendships in their beautiful, secure and staffed 2-or-3 bedroom apartments where there is a maximum of two participants per bedroom and everyone is involved in meal planning and preparation and maintenance of their personal space. The apartment complexes have swimming pools, work out rooms, recreational areas and computer rooms (Males live in their apartments. Females live in theirs).

The result is that, in the OPI and Roanne Programs, we help participants:

  • Increase their communication skills, self esteem and ability to recognize and value the unique gifts that each of them possesses.
  • Learn to persevere, tolerate the ups and downs that inevitably happen when one strives to complete goals and dreams.
  • Cultivate tolerance, patience and compassion for themselves as well as for others. This helps them have greater success in achieving defined goals.
  • Understand the value of having the ability to compromise while holding to core beliefs and values is something that is needed today in order to succeed in this complex world.
  • Transform their relationship with family members so that all parties can learn to communicate with greater clarity and focus on building a relationship based on mutually acceptable goals.

There is a gradual reduction in supervision and structure through our Phased System of Independence which is consistent with each participant’s developmental process.

OPI is one of the first programs of its kind in the country to be accredited by the national Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

We are the most unique and comprehensive program in existence for young adults in transition, today, and we look forward to hearing from you.

OPI Living: We Treat the WHOLE PERSON not just the diagnosis.

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