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The goal of the Recovery and Transition Service Line is to treat the patients in the least restrictive environment within the hospital with an emphasis on skill building and planned community placement. The service line includes an inpatient unit and two innovative on-grounds group home programs.

WINGS program - Working for Independence, New Growth, and Strength

An unlocked co-ed residential program promoting independence, increased life skills, and improved overall functioning with minimal amount of staff supervision in preparation for community placement. WINGS facilitates the patients' successful return to the community in the least restrictive setting using a psycho/social model of rehabilitation. WINGS is based on M. Higgins' three basic principles of the philosophy of psychiatric rehabilitation.

These principles are:

  • All people are valuable and should be afforded dignity, respect, and the opportunity to take full advantage of their human, legal, and social rights.
  • Every human being is capable of growth, development, and learning.
  • Services should be provided in a normative and socially valued way.

Darby House

Darby House is a unique program that provides a group home type of treatment, yet located within the hospital. There are six patients, men and women, who work on their skills in symptom management, medication self-administration, vocational, cooking, use of leisure time and self-care skills. Patients are discharged into community settings in collaboration with referring agencies.

The Darby House is named for Gene Darby, former superintendent of Richmond State Hospital. The Darby House is, in fact, the house that Mr. Darby lived in while he served as Superintendent. It is a fitting tribute that this house continues in the tradition of service established by Mr. Darby.

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