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We provide motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy to help people experiencing mental illness achieve medical, nutritional and fitness goals. We provide basic health monitoring to help identify potential medical issues. We provide care coordination to help connect with medical services.

When we think of mental health, we often think of the mind. With physical health, we associate with the body. For many years, mind and body have been treated separately, but more and more there is a realization that both can and should be treated together.

It is well documented that seriously or chronically ill individuals have higher rates of anxiety, depression or some form of emotional or psychological duress. In some cases, those same individuals are also struggling with an addiction.

Several years ago, Citizen Advocates took a leading-edge approach by becoming certified as an integrated behavioral health clinic. The idea behind this integration was to provide best-in-class, evidence-based care to individuals needing treatment for both mental health and addiction. Over time this has evolved further to include treatment for physical health.

Citizen Advocates can connect individuals to variety of programs and services that contribute to improved physical health. Most people may not realize, but there are many more factors that can influence physical health beyond a yearly check-up at the doctor’s office. Everything we do in our daily lives, from our living conditions to the foods we purchase at the grocery store, can have an impact on physical health. Our skilled care coordination team develops person-centered plans that focus on increased physical activity, improved diet and nutrition, or those activities that contribute to improved physical health.

Whether it is basic primary care services, or more specialized services like the InShape Program, housing supports, smoking cessation or career development, the Physical Health services offered through Citizen Advocates work to treat and support the whole person.

The first step is contacting us for an assessment at one of our outpatient Behavioral Health Clinics.

InSHAPE program

Project InSHAPE, an evidence-based health program, supports the long-term and often complex health needs of people experiencing mental illness. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease resulting from a sedentary lifestyle, metabolic fluctuations associated with psychiatric medications, poor dietary habits and tobacco use are conditions often linked to mental illness, and can result in a shorter life span of 25 to 30 years.

To help close the gap so individuals can live longer, healthier and more meaningful lives, InSHAPE health coaches develop interventions for better health in the areas of nutrition, fitness, social inclusion and community engagement for individuals with both serious mental illness and who are at risk for other health conditions. The InSHAPE (Self-Health Action Plan for Empowerment) program works in close conjunction with the Behavioral Health Services provided by Citizen Advocates. Each participant must receive medical clearance prior to joining the program, and the health coaches consult regularly with the individual’s therapist and care team.

Smoking cessation

Quitting smoking is the best thing anyone can do to improve their health immediately. The effects of smoking on a person’s health and the health of others is well documented.

Our trained and caring counselors offer motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy and nicotine replacement therapy for individuals with a desire to end their dependence on nicotine.


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Every person is entitled to live a full and meaningful life of their choosing. Community Living & Housing provides a range of services for individuals with short or long term needs as a result of their diagnosis.

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