Authors: David LeCount & Jenifer Koberstein
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Recovery, community care, community based, case management, service
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This narrative is based on the keynote presentation given by David LeCount and Jenifer Koberstein at The Mental Health Services conference held in Wellington N.Z. on Friday, August 31, 2001. David LeCount has been the Dane County Mental Health Coordinator overseeing the adult mental health system in Madison, Wisconsin for the past 23 years. Jenifer Koberstein has been the director of SOAR Case Management Services, a consumer-operated, private, non-profit service provider agency, for the past four years. SOAR is one of forty programs that contract with Dane County Department of Human Services to provide mental health services. Following a brief summary of the evolution of the Madison Model, David and Jen shared their experiences in working together to integrate SOAR into the mainstream system. They discussed the effect SOAR has had in making recovery a reality within the many different aspects of care including system, provider, SOAR staff, consumers, family (including natural supports and significant others) and the community. Examples were cited pertaining to each of these areas including recovery statements and consumer experiences. The presentation concluded with an emphasis on the future direction of the recovery focus within the Madison system.