Paul invites Pei-Chen Emily Wu, Psy.D., Program Manager of UPAC Positive Solutions Program, to share the collaborations between UPAC and SCC in serving seniors who are homebound or socially isolated.
Union of Pan-Asian Communities (UPAC) Positive Solutions Program (PSP) is funded by County of San Diego, Mental Health Services Act, Prevention and Early Intervention. It is home-based program utilizing a gatekeeper model. Its goal – to identify homebound and/or socially isolated seniors (60+) residing in the North County and the Central Region of San Diego who experience or at risk of depression and suicide. In central San Diego County, one main partner is Senior Community Centers (SCC). The collaboration between agencies is vital to the wellbeing of homebound and/or socially isolated seniors. Many of the homebound clients who receive meals from SCC participated in PSP. SCC Home-Delivery-Meal Support Service Coordinator,Ofelia Reyes, states, “I noticed the positive changes that homebound clients make in their lives by participating in UPAC Positive Solutions Program. The main goal of collaboration is to improve the lives of our homebound clients by providing access to multiple services.”
In Fiscal Year 2010-2011, PSP has its first full year outcome.
- served 814 unduplicated seniors in both San Diego Central Region and North County
- 86 percent of seniors who received brief intervention services have shown risk and symptoms reduction
- 44 percent have at least 50 percent of symptoms reduction compared to 43 percent for the original PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives) study
Increase & maintain self-sufficiency: 100%
Reduce self-isolation: 83.12%
Increase social support: 83.33%
Feeling more comfortable to seek for help: 92.94%
Increase knowledge about available resources: 94.25%
Overall Satisfaction: 94.25%