Collaboration is Key
As a part of our integrated treatment model, clinical casework is collaborative and task-focused, addressing a range of issues that may include returning to school or work, finding recreational activities, managing finances, developing support networks, and identifying housing opportunities. Clinical social workers are available to assist with simple and complex tasks, from completing applications to exploring strategies to understand and manage the stress associated with these activities. Clinical social workers can help orient you to the local Berkshire County community and assist you in locating meaningful activities beyond the Riggs campus.
This work provides opportunities for you to learn about setting realistic expectations, accepting help, working collaboratively, learning from setbacks, and taking initiative.
Discharge planning is another important aspect of clinical casework. As you begin to think about life after Riggs, clinical social workers engage you and your family (with your consent) in developing a transition plan designed to support your goals. This can include using our step-down programs and identifying treatment resources outside of Riggs. Considering both clinical and financial factors, social workers help to develop a timeline for discharge in close coordination with you, your family (with your consent), and your treatment team.
After discharge, clinical social workers will follow up by phone and are available to offer additional referrals if needed.