Testimonial

"I have worked with a service user for over a year whilst she was a patient at cornerstone House. During this time there is evidence to show that she made a marked improvement in managing her mental health and working towards supported living, which to date has been a successful move forward for her. the programme of therapies and activities that cornerstone House offer to their patients is varied and essential to helping people move forward in their recovery and allow self-management of their wellbeing generally.."

Approved Mental Health Professional

High functioning autism

Vision MH have an arranged partnership with a service provider located in St Albans, Herts.

Woodhurst Avenue, opened in April 2011 and Hill End (Two) September 2012 are both specialist units providing supported living for males with High Functioning Autism (Aspergers Syndrome).

The two units were developed in partnership with local services in Herfordshire. The Joint Commissioning Team and its Mental Health Commissioner chaired a steering group with representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Hertfordshire County Council, National Autistic Society and Carers representatives to plan and re-use a County Council property.

The knowledge gained from the steering group, and in particular that of the Carers allowed the original plans to be modified and adapted before the Property Development Service began work.

The development incorporated design elements suggested by National Autistic Society guidelines and the building was designed with sensory needs such as sound proofing, lighting colours and textures in mind. The first tenant moved into Woodhurst Avenue in September 2011.

The service has allowed the local Trust to re-locate individuals back within Hertfordshire which is beneficial for the client and family but also allows the service to build strong links with local services.

Reports on each individual are provided monthly to the local care team and commissioners and the team participates in the local services reviews and care programme meetings.