June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, gave a statement on the importance of this challenging and debilitating condition.

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PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death. PTSD may result in sleep problems, irritability, anger, recurrent dreams about the trauma, intense reactions to reminders of the trauma, disturbances in relationships, and isolation. Some people may recover a few months after the event, but for others it may take years. For some, PTSD may begin long after the events occur. However, PTSD can be treated.

HHS, along with the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD), is supporting new research to reveal the underlying causes of PTSD and related conditions, develop better tools to identify those at highest risk of developing the disorder and develop new and better treatments and preventive interventions.

If you are experiencing mental health troubles due to PTSD, or anything else, please call us.  Currently, we have openings at Casa Hermosa, our Transitional Living Program, and our Family Services Program, for therapy services.

Casa Hermosa operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in a staff-supervised apartment setting. The program offers the following services: crisis intervention, assessment, counseling/therapy, recreational activities, life, and social skills training, case management, educational/vocational assistance, job training skills, and referral assistance.

Family counseling services are tailored to meet the individual needs of referred clients and their families by a process of intake and assessment. Services include comprehensive mental health assessment and individual/family therapy provided by a licensed mental health professional. All ages served but clients must meet Medicaid criteria to be served and be enrolled in one of the Medicaid Managed Care Plans: Western Sky, Presbyterian/Magellan, and/or Blue Cross Blue Shield.