Sunday, September 09, 2007

Outcomes and Statistics for FY 2006-2007

In 1987-1988, the approximate cost per client for the State of North Carolina to rehabilitate an individual at Caramore was $22,000. Today, in 2007, that cost remains the same.

In 1987 Caramore served about 20 clients a year. In 2006 we served 77. In the past twenty years Caramore has grown 75% more efficient with no increase in cost. How?

Caramore’s approach to rehabilitation centers on responsibility, connectedness, and autonomy to achieve the best life possible for those suffering with psychiatric illnesses.

Caramore is a supportive program for adults with mental illness. Caramore promotes relationships, wellness, managing illness, and facilitates the skills needed to live and work in the community.

Caramore’s rehabilitative environment is one of safety and structure, but also freedom, respect, and trust. We believe that real rehabilitative progress and meaning comes from real accomplishments that result from real effort. And that’s the simple secret to Caramore’s remarkable success at clients achieving wellness. People don’t recover from this illness in isolation. They need the help of a lot of others and they need to be active—working and living with others. Caramore reintegrates individuals into a challenging and expectant social community that has immediate and meaningful relevancy to their lives and results in demonstrated recovery.

Mental illness is a unique illness in that it typically demands:

  • Consistent psychiatric treatment
  • Social rehabilitation to restore insight, and cognitive and behavioral functioning
  • life-long management of the illness

Caramore provides what mental illness demands:

  • coordinated psychiatric care
  • normalized and challenging environment that requires direct effort and participation
  • ongoing illness management

Year end statistics:

  • clients served: 77
  • number of new admissions: 35
  • percentage of successfully secured community employment and residence for those new admissions: 69%
  • Major Benefited (successful Vocational Rehabilitation contracted outcome): 71%
  • 26ed (successful Vocational Rehabilitation contracted outcome): 57%

County of residence:

  • 22% came from Orange County
  • 19% came from Wake County
  • 10% came from Granville


  • 72% were male
  • 28% were female

Living arrangement before coming to Caramore:

  • 29% were living with their family
  • 16% were in a hospital
  • 12% were in John Umstead Hospital

Referral source:

  • 17% were referred by John Umstead Hospital
  • 10% were referred by family
  • 10% were referred by Caring Family Network

  • 81% had a high school diploma or equivalent

  • 14% had a college degree

  • 31% have learning difficulties

  • 60% have had a criminal arrest in their past

  • 67% have a history of substance abuse

  • 21% had Medicaid and SSI at the time of their visit

  • 7% had Social Security Disability at the time of their visit

  • 90% did not have private insurance

  • 76% of those visiting Caramore gained admission

  • the average number of days that our clients stayed in our homes until moving out to our supervised apartments: 74

  • number of clients who needed hospitalization: 2

  • the average number of days that our clients stayed in our supervised apartments: 98

  • the average number of days that our clients worked on our cleaning crew and lawn crew: 62

  • average starting wage for first community job: $8.07

  • Percentage of clients who work part time: 100%

Diagnosed illness:

  • 37% had a diagnosis of Schizophrenia
  • 16% had a diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder
  • 3% had a diagnosis of Bipolar
  • 3% had a diagnosis of Major Depression
  • 13% had multi diagnoses
  • 28% had a Dual Diagnosis
  • 10% had Personality Disorders

Psychiatric provider:

  • 44% from UNC Hospital
  • 28% from The Caring Family Network
  • 13% from Dorothea Dix Hospital
  • 13% from Duke Hospital

Living arrangement at the time of program completion:

  • 37% went on to live in their own independent residence
  • 27% chose to stay with us and participate in our long-term Tier 3 program
D. Cooley

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