Dickinson Center Observes Decision Support Center’s One-Year Anniversary

(Pictured left to right): Jim Prosper Operation Director, West Leithner DSC Peer Staff, Nils Magnusson Nurse Practitioner, Julie Papa DSC Coordinator/Supervisor, Tracey Williams Program Director, and Ginette La Strapes Outpatient Business Director.

(Pictured left to right): Jim Prosper Operation Director, West Leithner DSC Peer Staff, Nils Magnusson Nurse Practitioner, Julie Papa DSC Coordinator/Supervisor, Tracey Williams Program Director, and Ginette La Strapes Outpatient Business Director.

RIDGWAY — The Decision Support Center (DSC) located in the Ridgway Outpatient Clinic at Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The program was developed to enable eligible individuals to meet with a Decision Support Peer Staff prior to their medication appointment with their prescriber.

“The DSC certainly delivers when it comes to preparing for a medication appointment. I am able to use their time more efficiently. Aside from that, which is no small feat in health care, it’s respectful and compassionate. It’s time well spent and a path to sustained recovery”. According to Nils Magnusson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Founded by Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates, LLC, the DSC is managed through a web-based application known as “CommonGround”. DSC services are funded by Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. CommonGround and other services support consumers with their treatment and recovery.

Since opening its doors, the DSC has helped nearly 270 consumers to:

  • Learn about their medications

  • Discover and update their Personal Medicine and Power Statements

  • Watch videos of others in recovery to inspire hope

  • Complete a CommonGround Health Report

  • Talk to the Decision Support Peer Staff to prepare for a medication appointment

  • Use the Recovery Library to find resources to help with recovery

  • Track progress over time

  • Get support for self-advocacy and shared decision making.

As part of the anniversary celebration, the DSC team offered free donuts and refreshments to consumers.