Transitioning to the adult mental health system can be difficult for youth aging out of foster care and the youth mental health system. Compass Rose is a supportive living program that bridges gaps of opportunity for foster young adults aging out of DHS care. Our housing, clinical, and mentor teams collaborate on person-led action plans where the youth can be the main voice in deciding what their independence looks like. Ascending Flow is the mentorship arm of Compass Rose and focuses on offering forms of self-expression such as hip-hop, rap, art, and multimedia education. Our mentorship is built on values of social justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun. We focus on building skills in photography, graphics and art, storytelling, and music production — or whatever form of artistic expression participants may be interested in. Through this engagement, we cultivate a level of consciousness and empowerment by healing feelings of shame, insecurity, and low self-esteem. We build the bridge to trusting a new system that wants to support participants in living their best life.
Compass Rose’s peer mentors have lived experience with the foster care system, incarceration, and houselessness. This program is available only through a DHS-Child Welfare central referral.
Not everyone is ready for treatment services right away. At Comfort Zone, participants can join a community of peers in a friendly, safe, nonjudgmental space. Our peer program staff helps with navigating housing, create a resume or other job-seeking tools, connect to benefits, or just get an ID in order. Or participants can simply join us for activities to build a connection. Comfort Zone is staffed by highly compassionate peer support specialists who have experienced some measure of mental health challenges or trauma in their lives and can relate to individuals on a deeply personal level. Download Comfort Zone Fact Sheet
Going back to work can be tough. At NorthStar Clubhouse — an intentional community of people who have experienced mental health challenges — participating members can practice work skills or learn new skills as part of the team that runs the program. As a Clubhouse member, individuals work alongside staff as they explore their talents and pursue their vocational goals. Multiple work units are available, each with multiple activities to choose from. The Clubhouse also gives members a safe place to practice trigger management and socializing in the workplace. When one is ready, our peer program works alongside to find a job, volunteer, or to go back to school.
Self-Directed Services (SDS) is a Peer-run program that works with participants on their health and wellness goals as a supplemental service to traditional mental health services. Through the Person Directed Planning process, we develop a Goal Attainment Plan, directed by each participant, that they work from throughout the year. We connect participants to community resources and services utilizing wellness funds. There are two programs offered: a one year Wellness Program and a two year Sustainable Housing Program. We believe everyone creates their own path towards wellness. We walk alongside you, providing peer support and inspiring hope.
To learn more about the SDS program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please click this link to view our brochure.
For more information about New Narrative peer programs, please call (503) 726-3690.