Ms. Tara Jamison serves as our Community Relations Director. She coordinates with area agencies to promote our services for those in need, and acts as a liaison for student internships. In addition to these duties she also serves as the Director of Activity and Rehabilitation Services. Tara has a M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and is certified as a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). She has worked at Richmond State Hospital for over 20 years.
The Activity and Rehabilitation Service includes Recreational Therapists, Music Therapists and an Occupational Therapist. Therapies provided include:
- Trips to various community locations
- Cooking class
- Sports and games such as basketball, bowling, cards, bingo, etc.
- Choir and various musical activities
Activity and Rehabilitation Therapists also provide leadership through serving on various hospital committees and as Treatment Team Leaders.
The emphasis of Activity and Rehab services is fitness and independent living skills. Fitness is offered for all patients a minimum of three times per week. Fitness classes may include walking programs, calisthenics, sitercise, yoga and weightlifting.
Independent living skills build upon skills patients need in order to improve independence and move toward community placement. Independent living skills classes include leisure education, community resources, home safety, wellness, vocational training, social skills, and skill based program like cooking, manners, comparative shopping, etc.
Fun Stuff and Learning Opportunities
Patients can also be referred to art therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, and education classes in preparation for obtaining their GED. Assignment to therapeutic programs is based upon problems, goals and objectives listed in the patient's Individual Treatment Plan. Life enhancement or leisure programs include classes in art, crafts, current events, horticulture, music, and sports. The Activity and Rehab Service also organizes various recreational events such as carnival, dances, county picnics, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations.