The Mission of Amethyst Place is to support women, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children by providing safe, drug-free housing and individualized services to promote healthy families. We help families overcome significant trauma and develop essential life skills. The Vision of Amethyst Place is that families will successfully transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.
Homeless women who are in recovery need safe, supported housing where their human and spiritual potential can be realized. Keeping a single-parent family intact without supportive housing makes recovery an enormous challenge that few will overcome. Amethyst Place provides 24-hour supervision, weekly apartment inspections, designated curfews, background checks on all visitors, mandatory weekly skills-building meetings, community events, and community based case management to integrate family into community service network more effectively.
The Supportive Housing program provides wrap-around services so families can live with stability, autonomy, and dignity. Upon entry, mothers are asked to make a commitment to live at Amethyst Place for a minimum of one year. The actual length of stay is dependent on her progress toward mutually agreed upon goals to stabilize mental health, learn to maintain a sober lifestyle, improve parenting skills, improve employment skills, further her education, address physical health concerns, clear up old debt, and deal with past legal issues.
Families are reunited and stabilized and mothers are able to focus on children’s well-being. 100% of our residents receive fully furnished apartment and intensive community based case management. 100% of families are reunited and stabilized. Mothers have improved ability to maintain their sobriety during times of stress and 70% remain drug free until discharge. 100% attend regular meetings to encourage a drug free life style, self-awareness, financial independence, community engagement, parenting skills, spiritual development, and stress reduction.
But the most immediate outcome we observe at Amethyst Place is how quickly our children stabilize when they have a room they call their own; a bed and a dresser and food in the kitchen; a playground and clean clothes; and a mom dedicated to creating a better life for her children. We see better educational outcomes for our children, less illnesses, and fewer behavioral problems. Home stability is the key to all these positive outcomes.
Children and mothers demonstrate and report improved global functioning in the family, in school, and in social interactions. Mothers have improved ability to maintain their sobriety during times of stress: 73% of clients served in 2015 were drug and alcohol free during their stay at Amethyst Place, a significant accomplishment for women overcoming decades of drug use that often began in childhood. Mothers report increase in parental awareness and satisfaction and show increased focus on children's well-being: 60% showed improvement in their Parental Stress Index. 92% of clients demonstrated at least one benchmark improvement in one dimension of the self-sufficiency matrix. 100% of residents without a high school diploma are attending GED. 62% of women leaving Amethyst Place are successful graduates, well above the national average for substance abuse treatment programs. 80% of families transition to independent housing.
Amethyst Place measures social change outcomes for each resident using the self-sufficiency benchmarks developed by the University of Washington, which consists of a series of outcome scales documenting a family's condition on a continuum from in-crisis to thriving. Client data is accumulated in an Excel database to facilitate tracking and analysis and provide feedback for more intensive interventions as needed. We use this to document where each resident has strengths, and where to focus additional energy to generate improvement. Benchmarks measured at intake and again at move out are: Career Resiliency, Education, Housing, Household Management, Goal Setting, Mental Health, Support System & Safety, Parenting and Recovery. We measure achievements and barriers to success for each resident, in order to identify appropriate interventions and ensure she is able to thrive after graduating our program.
Jessica moved to Amethyst Place after abusing drugs for 18 years—first shooting up meth
with her mother at age 14. She entered
in-patient treatment twice but left each time with no place to live. She was not eligible for food stamps and
struggled to get a job because she was a convicted drug felon, and no one would
rent to her because of her criminal history and numerous evictions. Both times she returned to apartments where
drug use was pervasive, both times she relapsed. Her children were in foster care and she was
facing termination of parental rights because she was unable to provide safe
housing for them. With fully furnished and safe housing, professional support
and 24-hour supervision, community case management, out-patient treatment, and
life skills classes, Jessica has regained custody of her children and is now
living a life that she thought was out of her reach. After 14 months, she lives in our alumni
housing and is a leader in the community.
Our mothers are underemployed due to the challenges of single parenting, limited education, unreliable transportation, and criminal histories. Over half of our residents enter our program without a high school diploma. Very few of our mothers have computers and even fewer have the skills necessary to use one, which shuts them out of full participation in today’s technological world.
We offer on-site tutors for residents working toward GED completion or in college. We provide free wireless internet access. Our supported employment program matches a mom with a business willing to provide on-the-job-mentoring and support her as she also furthers her education. Professional and personal mentors become part of her social leverage network,
utilizing resources to help her succeed. They serve as a powerful source of
information about career paths that lead to economic self-sufficiency, advice
about personal, educational, and career decisions necessary to stay
of women who enter the program without a high school diploma attend GED
100% of residents meet with a financial coach.
of participants in the program for one year or more improve at least one
dimension in the Career Resiliency benchmark and successfully set and achieve
family and personal goals.
50% of participants in the program for one year or more improve at least one dimension in the Education benchmark.
75% of residents demonstrate one or more benchmark improvement in at least three dimensions of the self-sufficiency index.
85% of women maintain a relationship with their Encompass mentors for at least one year. Of those, 75% return for a second session.
Place measures social change outcomes for each resident using the
self-sufficiency benchmarks developed by the University of Washington, which
consists of a series of outcome scales documenting a family's condition on a
continuum from in-crisis to thriving. We use this to document where each
resident has strengths, and where to focus additional energy to generate
improvement. Benchmarks measured at intake, once a year and at move out are:
education, career resiliency, housing, household management, goal setting,
mental health, support system and safety, recovery and parenting. This outcomes
matrix system allows us to track individualized successes meeting women
wherever they are along a continuum of need. So rather than reporting how many
of our residents have achieved a certain standard, we can report on how many of
our residents have improved their position within a certain benchmark.
Prior to coming to Amethyst Place, Tina had faced 32 years in prison as a persistent drug felon. She was underemployed due to the challenges of single parenting, limited education, unreliable transportation, and criminal histories. She entered our program without a high school diploma. She had never owned a computer and did not have the skills necessary to use one, which shut her out of full participation in today's technological world. With on-site tutors, EnCompass mentors, free wireless internet access, and a refurbished computer, she is succeeding in ways she never has before, and for the first time in her life believes in her own potential—because we believed in her. She now has her GED, has been released from probation after 10 years, celebrated four years of sobriety, and has completed her first semester in college.
Our on-site therapist is essential to
family reunification and stabilization. Most children arrive with a host of
emotional issues that are a result of homelessness, separation and addicted
parenting, making the need for family therapy essential to improve family
functioning and reduce the risk of child abuse. Having access to therapeutic services on-site
eliminates many barriers facing our families: high rates of staff turnover,
long wait lists, lack of phone service, and limited access to transportation. While
addressing substance abuse is important, nearly all residents have a dual
diagnosis: substance abuse with severe mental illness. Often, mental health issues which directly
caused their substance abuse were never addressed. Our therapist determines appropriate therapeutic interventions, while using a variety of evidence based therapies under the canopy of trauma-informed, client-centered, solution-focused, multicultural therapies.
90% of participants demonstrate at least one benchmark improvement in our Parenting and Human Relations/Safety Benchmarks.
75% of children who participate in Theraplay and play therapy show improvement in their CBCL scores.
90% of families participating in therapy improve at least one benchmark in our Mental Health Benchmark.
The majority of adult clients seen by the Therapist demonstrate an improved ability to maintain their sobriety during times of stress, are actively engaged in a productive day time plan, are on the path (if not already graduated) of removal of Child Protective Services and Family Drug Court services, display improved mood stability and increased positive coping skills. These women are also reporting higher levels of parental satisfaction and a better understanding of the balance between warmth and structure. Of the 60 women served in 2015, 73% maintained their sobriety during their stay at Amethyst. Of the 26 women who left the program in 2015, 62% graduated successfully and had an average stay of 20 months.
The Therapist conducts pre-, interim and post- assessments. Test scores are accumulated in an Excel database to facilitate tracking and analysis and provide feedback for more intensive interventions. Three separate intake sessions are mandatory for each mother that moves into Amethyst Place. During these sessions the therapist completes an intake on the parents which looks at mental health history, drug history, any legal issues, and family history. The therapist also completes a genogram which is a chance to learn about the family and any patterns that are apparent or play a role in the client’s life. During the intake process an ACE assessment is given to address childhood trauma as well as a WHODAS (World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule) assessment.
Becky came to Amethyst she had lost custody of her son and was pregnant with
her second child. She was reunited with her son shortly after arriving, but he
came with a host of emotional issues as a result of separation and addicted
parenting. Just like 98% of our residents, she too had never addressed the
mental health issues that directly caused her substance abuse. With few
supports, she was convinced she was an unfit mother, and had decided to give
her unborn child up for adoption. After
intensive therapy with our full time onsite Family Support Therapist, combined
with parenting classes and other life skills programming, Becky began to
believe in her own potential and decided to keep both of her children. Today
she is a model parent—you need only look at her family photographs to see the
pride she takes in her son and daughter, and the joy she finds in being their
Amethyst Place operates as a highly collaborative endeavor, an important reason the program not only endures for more than 14 years, but has grown from 7 families to now 38. Partner agencies provide community based support services to residents at no cost to Amethyst Place. Amethyst Place works closely with the Homeless Services Coalition, Department of Mental Health, and the Missouri Housing Trust Fund to support the excellent level of services for the women and children of Amethyst Place. The Missouri Department of Mental Health provides monthly funding to Amethyst Place to cover the cost of rent and utilities for each household. Residents contribute 30% of their income to cover program related expenses. Amethyst Place partners with COMBAT, the University of Missouri Extension Division, and Literacy KC to provide no cost programming for our families. We are a practicum site for students from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare which allows us to provide services to our families at no additional cost to the agency. Others include Literacy Kansas City, Kansas City Public Library Outreach, Women’s Employment Network, and Children’s Mercy Hospital in their PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy).
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