There are 4 main groups which access the programme:
The clients who are discharged from hospital care to family support and attend CUMI Rehabilitation Day Centre to be involved in Activities of Daily Living. All clients are now registered under the National Health Fund (NHF).
Homeless/mentally ill persons for community follow-up care and rehabilitation
Homeless/drug addicts with related problems –for psychologist/counselling & rehabilitation activities
Homeless/economically poor- for counselling, job application assistance and referrals
Homeless/HIV/AIDS – counselling and clinical referrals.
In 1995 CUMI and Jamaica Money Market Brokers partnered for one year with Corinaldi Primary School. The programme targeted children who had been abandoned because of mental illness in the family making it very difficult to provide care and protection. The partnership provided an educational programme of intervention and psychological assessments resulting in greatly improved behavior and learning. JMMB supported the children’s programme from 1995-2012.
Thank you JMMB!
These days CUMI makes referrals to the Child Development Agency (CDA).
Services to these groups are provided through the collaborative effort of CUMI and various agencies in the Montego Bay area. Although CUMI’s services are predominately for the mentally ill, it acts as the referral agency for cases of drug addiction, the economically poor and HIV/AIDS cases.
All clients, as per need, are provided with temporary services including food, clothing, shelter, medication, daily-living-skills training, community psychiatric care, psychologist sessions and job placement where possible.
CUMI tries to ensure that all eligible clients receive their entitlement/ (government benefit), such as PATH (Poverty Alleviation Training for Health & Education) and Poor Relief aid.
These services are aimed at restoring clients to their family supported environment or independent living. All efforts are made to educate families, for them to learn and understand mental illnesses.
Public education is extended to the communities.