What Is Case Management?
Case management is a collaborative process between the case manager and the client which seeks to build a plan of action to support the client’s care. A case manager can find support services to help women achieve not only their mental health goals, but also their life goals.
Finding support services can be complicated and confusing while also trying to navigate making a recovery plan for oneself or a family member. A case manager can help relieve some of those stressors, assisting with finding resources and building an individualized plan.
The Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and other networks have broken case management down into six core elements:
- Client identification and eligibility
- Assessment of the client and their needs
- Care planning and goal setting
- Implementation of a care plan
- Monitoring care plan progression
- Transitioning out of the case management process
What Do Case Managers Do?
Beyond the six core elements of case management, a case manager’s job is to connect with the client and work collaboratively to build and support a plan for their recovery journey. The scope of a case manager’s work can also extend to the family and friends of the client. Working with loved ones is an important part of case management. Aftercare in recovery focuses on healing the whole person, as well as their valuable relationships.
A case manager’s work can include:
- Shared decision-making with a client
- Advocacy for the needs and goals of a client
- Helping clients learn to set goals
- Finding and making referrals for resources
- Supporting clients in building life skills
Why Is Case Management Important in Recovery?
Experiences with substance use disorder (SUD) can impact every area a persons life, such as education, work status, and basic life skills. With these realities in mind, a case manager advocates for individuals on the recovery journey.
According to an article from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), case managers can provide a well-rounded continuum of care that supports goal setting, skill building, and the development of healthier behaviors and patterns.
For women who may be struggling to achieve their needs and goals, a case manager can facilitate and guide them in taking the necessary steps to discover and build long-term goals that support the healing of the body, mind, and spirit.
How Can a Case Manager Help Me?
A case manager can help:
- Set long-term goals
- Pursue education
- Identify and develop skills
- Attend interviews
- Find employment
- Schedule appointments
A primary focus of case management is developing a foundation of essential skills to support living a full life. However, the benefits of working with a case manager extend far beyond simply the development of survival skills.
Eight Dimensions of Wellness in Recovery
The collaborative work of a case manager and an individual seeking a life in recovery is to help the client build a life they don’t want to risk losing. A case manager walks with the client as they discover the person they want to be and begin to take steps to create the life they want to lead.
Together, the client and case manager create a foundation that covers the eight dimensions of wellness, to move toward sustainable and long-term wellness in recovery.
According to SAMHSA, the eight dimensions of wellness are:
Grace Recovery TX’s Approach to Case Management
At Grace Recovery TX, we believe in a ten-pillar approach to supporting the journey toward a life worthy of commitment and joy in sobriety. We know how important a support team in aftercare is to the development of healthier habits. Therefore, we connect Grace members with a case manager and recovery coach to help them build the necessary life skills they need to support a full life in long-term recovery.
Future Grace members will receive 20-minute coaching and case management assessments to help us learn about them and their goals and how we can best support them on their journey.
Upon becoming a Grace Recovery member, clients will meet regularly with their case manager to discuss goals and progress. Case managers can also update family members and other support people on each woman’s progress throughout their time at Grace. This is done routinely by email.
Working in collaboration, our case managers help each client set long-term goals and commit to taking steps toward achieving those goals during and beyond their time with Grace Recovery TX.
Some of the ten pillars of our approach to case management include:
- Legal issues
To learn more about the interconnected work we do at Grace Recovery TX and Emerge Recovery TX, visit our Resources page.
Setting Goals With a Case Manager
At Grace Recovery TX, our approach to case management focuses on personal development through building essential skills and setting goals that support healthy behaviors and thought patterns for lifelong recovery.
With a case manager at Grace Recovery TX, clients will develop six of their own business-related goals to support personal growth as they find joy and excitement in building a new life for themselves.
Some examples of business-related goals include:
- Returning to school
- Seeking higher education
- Building a resume
- Job research
To learn more about our approach to recovery, visit our Home page.
Case management is a stepping stone toward lifelong recovery as you work collaboratively with a case manager to reach your goals. Our work at Grace Recovery TX is built upon developing an individualized support team to help you build skills and form goals that will support you in leading a life you are excited about. Call us today at (737) 237-9663 to learn how you can start taking steps to build the life you deserve in long-term recovery.