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Help on the Street: Crisis Intervention Team and Justice Involved Services

2020-01-01T11:58:25-05:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Featured|

For years, Oaks has partnered with law enforcement agencies to help improve the quality of first-responder interactions with persons living with mental health or addiction disorders. The Crisis Intervention Team, commonly referred to as “CIT,” is an innovative model first debuted in 1988 in Memphis, Tennessee. As mental health professionals, Director Renee Carrillo and her team at Oaks work with police and other partners to help reduce potentially harmful encounters between law enforcement and those with mental illness. Key elements of the program are educating police department personnel about how to handle these encounters, deescalating possibly tense or dangerous situations, and helping them find ways to cope with the stress and trauma they experience as part of their work. Police [...]

Giving Tuesday: Jen & Daniel’s Story

2019-12-03T12:00:26-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

For many, the holiday season can be a time of great challenge. On this Giving Tuesday, your gift can bring a sense of hope and peace to those in need. Throughout the year, Oaks Integrated Care helps and empowers thousands of adults, children and families to achieve emotional and physical wellness. Your generous donation can make an incredible impact on the lives of individuals and families in our community. Families like Jen and Daniel’s... Jen and Daniel were battling a severe opioid addiction. At their lowest point, they became homeless and their three young children were placed in foster care. Recovery was the only option to turn their lives around. They entered substance abuse treatment and started the Oaks [...]

Share the Joy This Holiday Season: Now – Dec. 16

2019-12-31T11:07:12-05:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Oaks Blog, Home Page|

For many of us, the festive holiday season is full of laughter, gifts and memories with loved ones. Unfortunately, for families struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year. Oaks works with children unable to be with their families, individuals coping with mental illness, and seniors on a lifelong quest to rise above the limitations set by their developmental disability. Just imagine the wonderful memories your donation will bring to those who need it the most. We invite YOU to make this holiday season special for over 4,000 children, teens and adults in our community. 1. Sponsor a family or group home. When an individual, organization or group sponsors a family or a group [...]