Touchstone Mental Health

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Headquarters Location: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 1982 


Mission: Touchstone Mental Health’s mission is to “Inspire Hope, Healing and Well-Being”


Tags: 2013, local, mental health, residental services, housing, case management, physical health, rehabilitation, assisted living


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Story: I have struggled with mental illness for most of my life however I was not diagnosed for the first twenty years of my life. I was fist hospitalized in late 2004 and from that initial hospitalization through mid-2007 I was… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Touchstone Mental Health utilizes a holistic approach to support clients. Their work incorporates the use of yoga, meditation, and many more techniques. The organization also uses innovative programming to support those they serve. One program of note is the Intentional Communities, which build a sense of normalcy and community for individuals living with serious persistent mental illness whose condition has often resulted in isolation and loss of relationships over time.
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Leadership
Silhouette-male Martha Lantz. In her previous position as program manager for the Human Services and Public Health Department in Hennepin County, Lantz managed a $12 million redesign of residential treatment programs for adults suffering from serious and persistent mental illness. During this process, she supported the creation of Touchstone Mental Health’s Assisted Living Apartments in 2004, the first such program in Minnesota for… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT touchstonemh.org
Phone:
 (612) 874-6409
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Address:
1925 Nicollet Ave South
 
Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
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Touchstone-mental-health Story: I have struggled with mental illness for most of my life however I was not diagnosed for the first twenty years of my life. I was fist hospitalized in late 2004 and from that initial hospitalization through mid-2007 I was hospitalized a total of 9 times with each stay averaging about ten days but some lasted up to six weeks. By the seventh hospitalization in October of 2006, it was starting to feel like I would forever be stuck in the cycle of hospitalizations that had developed over the past two years. During that specific hospitalization two things happened, one my ex-partner and co-homeowner along with our roommate, “decided that it would be better if I just didn’t return home after I was discharged from the hospital,” so at that point I began to work with both the hospital and county social worker. The news that I was not welcome in the home that I co-owned and had been living in created a major dilemma because my family lived in an area where there were no mental health programs and I was not able to live on my own safely. The social workers were both diligent in seeking out a residential program for me to transition into from the hospital and decided that Touchstone residential treatment was the program that best fit my needs. I was discharged from the hospital to Touchstone the first week of December 2006, and while I was quite afraid of what I would encounter I found the staff and home very welcoming. It was a very different post-hospitalization experience because in the past I would return to an unsupportive home-life and outpatient day treatment program. The curriculum of groups and classes as well as the staff and most importantly the therapists all made the beginning of my healing possible. I had times during my stay at Touchstone when I struggled, times when I would have ended up back in the hospital, but the staff at Touchstone helped me to work through those times and showed me the possibility of using my resources to help me remain out of the hospital. After my completion of the program and discharge from Touchstone I transitioned to single, independent apartment living and an out-patient day treatment program eventually returning to my full time job six months later. January 2008, I started attending Metropolitan State University to complete the Bachelors of Arts I had started in 1997 and quit in 2000, although this time I was majoring in psychology. To my surprise I earned a 4.0 that semester and have continued to do well in all of my courses. I expect to graduate next spring and have plans to obtain a Masters degree in counseling or social work. I have struggled with my mental disorders over the past few years, but have not been re-hospitalized or in a residential treatment program, but have instead taken care of myself knowing my limits and keeping myself healthy. I am finishing up an internship with one of the local charter schools working with the school counselor spending time with students and leading student groups. I have also recently started working at a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. I have chosen to work with children and adolescents with mental illness so that I can give back the gift I was given by the staff at Touchstone… Hope!

Expert Reviews of Touchstone Mental Health

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Touchstone Mental Health utilizes a holistic approach to support clients. Their work incorporates the use of yoga, meditation, and many more techniques. The organization also uses innovative programming to support those they serve. One program of note is the Intentional Communities, which build a sense of normalcy and community for individuals living with serious persistent mental illness whose condition has often resulted in isolation and loss of relationships over time.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Experts note that Touchstone Mental Health is guided by strong leadership. Not only does the organization have a strong CEO, but the entire leadership team is great at building relationships and guiding the organization is innovative ways. Touchstone also has great communication with funders and clients alike.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Touchstone Mental Health could improve by continuing to develop their ability to work with managed care organizations. They also may consider strengthening their management to further support the organization’s efforts. Touchstone may also consider expanding their employment related work.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Holistic Approach

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They think outside the box. They were probably one of the first to incorporate a more holistic approach utilizing yoga, meditation, etc. Despite the fact that there has been a movement away from large settings they are building one but sought out discussions and showed the plans for the building (which was beautifully designed and took into account lighting, etc.) and there really isn’t any opposition. They are very creative.
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This organization provides many services and focuses on holistic health. Their Intentional Communities program is a unique service and should be replicated.
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This organization has innovative services and a holistic approach to assisted living that provides a healthy and holistic environment for mentally ill clients. The environmental design creates an atmosphere of physical, mental, and spiritual health for clients.

Innovative Models

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Touchstone has developed an innovative treatment model for working with adults with a mental illness and has now designed, and raised funds to create a facility for this population.
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Touchstone has developed "Intentional Communities" that build a sense of normalcy and community for individuals living with chronic and/or severe mental illness whose condition has often resulted in isolation and loss of relationships over time. They have also developed partnerships to support development of Rising Cedar, a supportive housing and wellness center opening in July 2013 that is based on research and will be an asset to the Minneapolis community.


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Great Leadership

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They have strong leadership.
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They have strong executive leadership. They also have strong experience in the field of services to serious and persistent mentally ill clients. They have innovative programs for assisted living for the mentally ill, and they have a committment to wellness.
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They have a very strong CEO, Martha Lentz, and an innovative program model. They are very innovative in their work with adults who have a mental illness. They are buildng a new facility that will be a unique community resource that combines archtecture and clinical servcies for a very challenging populations.
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Touchstone has excellent leaders who build partnerships that can leverage their strengths as well as those of their partners. They are able to accomplish this because of the knowledge, skills, and authenticity of the leaders such as Martha Lanz, Rebecca Spartz and Michelle Winchell-O'leary. They have very strong relationships with counties as well as they have a great understanding of fee for service Medicaid and Medicare services.

Strong Communications

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They have a great website! It is not targeted to only funders but to clients as well and they keep growing!


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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They should do more around employment.

Strengthen Management

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The level management under the Executive Director could be stronger in order to support the organizations efforts.

Improve Managed Care Relationships

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An area for development is to continue to develop their abilities to work with managed care organizations as payers and partners.


Leadership

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Martha Lantz
Executive Director
In her previous position as program manager for the Human Services and Public Health Department in Hennepin County, Lantz managed a $12 million redesign of residential treatment programs for adults suffering from serious and persistent mental illness. During this process, she supported the creation of Touchstone Mental Health’s Assisted Living Apartments in 2004, the first such program in Minnesota for persons with mental illness. Lantz also served as the north regional treatment coordinator for Family Networks, Inc. in Minneapolis, which provides services to seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families, and as program director for the DePelchin Center and Houston Child Guidance in Houston, Texas.

Lantz succeeds Helen Raleigh who stepped down in December after six years in the position. Under her leadership, the agency also developed its first intentional community, a new concept in supportive housing that provides rental subsidies and a supportive community to its members who live in apartments in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. In 2007, Touchstone will create a second intentional community serving 25 additional clients.

Lantz will lead an organization that has grown considerably in the 25 years since its founding. Originally started by faculty from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, the agency became a nonprofit in 1999 and changed its name from Community Care Corporation to Touchstone Mental Health in 2004. In addition to the assisted living apartments and intentional communities, Touchstone Mental Health also operates an intensive residential treatment facility (IRTS) and home-based case management services for consumers.

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