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Mainstream Living Newsletter: Mainstream Living Employee Newsletter May 2019

The Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) announced the Frontline Supervisor Award at the annual conference in April. Over 100 nominations were received from agencies across the state. IACP recognizes that Frontline supervisors (FLS) play a critical role in bringing together all of the pieces of service delivery and have... Read More
Each month, Service Excellence Awards are given to employees who go above and beyond their normal responsibilities in providing support to our members. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized, please click here to submit a nomination. Congratulations to this month's award winners. Nermina Ramic, nominated by Michelle... Read More
Mainstream Living Mission Makers are selected from the prior quarter's Service Excellence Award winners. Mission Makers are individuals who demonstrate impact, innovation, and/or leadership. Congratulations to our latest Mission Maker recipients! Sarah Kepner and Steve Gehlsen, nominated by Jessica Hensch When a member unexpectedly came back from Skilled Care right... Read More
In order to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, we need to be educated. Being informed makes you a better advocate! Below are some facts about mental illness and the system in Iowa. One in five people experience a mental illness annually. 130,000 Iowans live with a serious mental illness.... Read More
The mental health Supported Community Living (SCL) program serves 140 people in Polk County that are diagnosed with chronic mental illness. The program is designed to support individuals to live as independently as possible in their own homes. Staff is available to provide individualized services at times that are convenient... Read More
Mainstream Living is a member of the Polk County Positive Behavior Supports Network. Each month training topics are provided to staff as we work to continually improve our services.
Dustin and Bre, housemates and friends, arranged an evening out to a nightclub in Des Moines. Efforts involved scheduling an accessible vehicle, making sure medication times didn’t interfere with the evening’s plan and getting ready for the night out. Day staff helped by completing showers early, painting nails and styling... Read More
Now that Spring is officially here, we can see green growing all around us. There are many benefits in bringing plant life into your personal space. Gardening plants, flowers or fruit and vegetables offers added health benefits. Studies show that gardening significantly reduces the hormone Cortisol, which is associated with... Read More

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