Coping with life's difficulties or a mental illness isn't easy. At Prestera Center, our professional staff provides a broad continuum of services to meet each individual’s emotional and mental health needs. Our services help people cope with everyday problems. We have specialized services that help to prevent inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or help transition back into everyday life after more intensive treatment. By creating an extensive continuum of care, Prestera Center is able to help people be part of the community.
Dynamic Choices (Intensive Outpatient Services)
This Charleston WV program serves adults above the age of 18. Prestera provides counseling (also called "therapy") and/or case management services for individuals going through difficult times or who are diagnosed with a severe, persistent mental illness. Case Management services are provided when individuals are not able to arrange their own community supports or advocate for themselves.
Intensive outpatient services provide at least three hours of services per day, Monday through Friday, designed to stabilize psychiatric symptoms and avoid hospitalization. Intensive outpatient programs help people maintain community living and participation while providing hours of services daily during weekdays.
Residential services provide 24-hour supervised care for adults that cannot live independently in the community and who would likely have to be hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital without support in their homes. Individuals may also receive other Prestera Center services, including psychiatric care, counseling, therapy, money management, day treatment, and/or peer support services.
To help the chronically homeless overcome housing adversities, Prestera Center provides specialized homeless services. Homeless services can provide referrals for medical issues, teach job seeking skills, provide transportation to appointments and help individuals struggling with homelessness find safe, affordable, permanent housing. Beyond providing supportive services, Prestera Center staff are advocates for chronically homeless. Trained professionals can guide homeless adults and families through the bureaucracy of other agencies that can seem overwhelming.
Prestera Center offers opportunities for consumers to learn new job skills. In conjunction with the Department of Rehabilitative Services, consumers can enter the local workforce in a safe and supported atmosphere. Professional job coaches routinely evaluate progress and provide support. Emphasis is placed on success in the community through employment and working to improve yourself and the community where you reside.
Community Engagement Services
Prestera provides community-oriented rehabilitation and supportive services designed to serve individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health needs. Some services are available during non-traditional hours. The goal of community engagement services is to prevent psychiatric hospitalization.
Peer Support Specialist Training
Peer support specialist training is available for individuals interested in serving as peer role models to others. The peer support specialist training program includes attendance and participation requirements and frequently results in paid employment at Prestera Center and other organizations.