Before The Alternative Resource Company Bernice (at the age of 14) became an Advocate for vulnerable populations when her brother was diagnosed with a severe mental illness and intellectual disability. Although she did not pursue her initial calling, she worked diligently as a Human Services Advocate in Roanoke Virginia until (1982) and as a Volunteer Advocate in the District of Columbia Superior Court Abused and Neglected Children Divisions from (1983-1989). In (2012) she formed Behavioral Health Navigators Center, Inc. (BHNC) a registered 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to advocating for legislative policies and evidenced-based programming for vulnerable populations.
The agency was established in an endeavor to be responsive to the rapidly evolving sociological challenges facing the US healthcare industry in the (1980's): such as de-institutionalization; spiraling costs; a diminution of the quality of care resulting from complex service delivery; and an emerging awareness that smaller community-based services were more viable for the treatment than long-term in-patient. Empirical evidenced supported the need for innovative methods and evidenced based practices. Notable foresight, personal experience, and awareness of the myriad of issues facing the healthcare management industry served as a catalyst to conceptualize a series of clinical and psycho-social treatment models designed to provide a network of supportive services to individuals presenting an array of physiological, mental, and emotional challenges.
The company initially targeted individuals with mental illness offering interventions which both augmented the successful de-institutionalization effort for the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and provided support systems needed for individuals to remain in their homes and communities of origin. The interventions provided by BHNC were designed to facilitate the maintenance of physical and mentally health in environments that are least restrictive and conducive to an optimum quality of life. BHNC's predominant efforts have been the development of Individual Habilitation Plans (IHPs); multi disciplinary diagnostic assessments; and training for service providers. Through the development of a highly competent interdisciplinary professional team approach and a results-oriented management philosophy, BHNC quickly synthesized its organizational resources into a corporate entity capable of solving problems and providing strategies with measurable impact on policy planning in the local healthcare industry.
Moving forward, the 2020 vision includes additional markets such as psychiatric services, family systems interventions, displaced populations, therapeutic residential programs, home care, and prison reform; ergo: The Alternative Resource Company. The Alternative Resource Company has been developed to provide an alternative prison work program in the state of Virginia, to better assist inmates in successfully integrating back into society. The entity will also be non-profit, with a goal to reduce recidivism rates through a holistic approach to care before and after discharge based upon the BHNC Model. The purpose of the program is to enhance corrections systems’ ability to address the needs of offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness to reduce recidivism, and to improve public safety and public health.
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Rufus C. Pasley, Jr., President; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernice Griffin, Chief Executive Officer/Director; email@example.com