The Access program provides outreach to, and case management services for homeless people with serious and persistent mental illness and substance abuse disorders in Ramsey County. Services are provided by mental health professionals and practitioners who are trained and experienced in engaging new clients and connecting adults with mental illness to appropriate services and resources. An eligible recipient is an individual who: is age 18 or older; has a mental illness or a substance abuse disorder, and is homeless or was recently homeless. The Access staff visit most homeless shelters and drop-in centers in Ramsey County each week.
Access assists individuals in the community with:
- Immediate basic needs such as food shelter, clothing, health care
- Mental illness/chemical dependency symptom management, relapse prevention, crisis intervention
- Obtaining medication and on-going health care
- Transition to community living from facility or hospital
- Navigating community services utilization
- Transportation, community orientation
- Budgeting and money management skills, obtaining representative payees; obtaining and maintaining financial assistance
- Personal hygiene, memory, and scheduling skills
- Employment or school related skills
Interested individuals can call for information and to schedule an intake interview. Call 651-783-5427.
Psychological Assessment for Social Security Disability Eligibility
RADIAS Health employs a Licensed Psychologist, funded by Project for Transition from Homelessness (PATH) grant, to perform outreach to homeless seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals in Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Washington and Anoka counties. Eligible recipients are at least 18-years-old presenting with issues related to psychological or cognitive disorders. The primary goal of this position is to assist SPMI claimants who otherwise could not follow through with the SSI application process by providing psychological evaluations in their current environments, along with coordination of services with other providers of social security application assistance.
Services Provided by the SSA Psychological Assessment Program:
- Provide a thorough psychological assessment including diagnostic interview, mental status exam and psychological/neuropsychological testing as indicated to assist with social security eligibility
- Coordinate SSA application process with outreach community providers
- Follow up with treatment recommendations when possible
- Assist in providing documentation to access ancillary services: transportation, general assistance, identification vouchers, waivered TBI and/or DD services, case management, ARMHS referrals
- Track data regarding approval/denial rates and populations served
SSA evaluations can take place in the RADIAS Health Outpatient Clinic in St. Paul, or in various community locales, such as homeless shelters, social services agencies, or other mental health/chemical health settings. Residents from Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota and Washington counties are eligible for SSA evaluations. For more information, please call 651-389-4690.