New mental health program in ND

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Chambers and Blohm Psychological Services has started a new service helping residents in North Dakota.

Chambers and Blohm in Bismarck have started a partial hospitalization program. They say this program will help those with difficulty maintaining daily routines or who would otherwise require inpatient psychiatric care.

Deb Bosch, a clinical social worker, has been at Chambers and Blohm for 18 years.

She says this program is for people who don't need to be in a hospital, who don't need 24 hour supervision, but they need more than weekly counseling services.

"There's just no other programs like it other than one other program in our community, but as far as western North Dakota there aren't any other services available," said Bosch.

Anna Carlson, psychiatric, mental health and addiction nurse says patients could come from inpatient psychiatric care and they try to provide the care in between.

"Or they can be at home and not doing very well, and instead of having to jump up to inpatient right away we can go ahead and do a lower level of them coming here during the day and then going home at night to practice those skills," said Carlson.

It's an all-day program from 8 am to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with lunch included. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon where the patient will meet with a few different professionals, do different skills training, and activities.

"How they're using their coping skills, are they able to make it during the day, do they have the cognitive ability to do our program, so we have a lot of things we need to look at before we do a triage and screening for the program," said Carlson.

Carlson says it doesn't take children but adults are encouraged to see if it's something that will work for them.

Bosch says depending on what the patients’ needs are, activities and skills training will range.