Kadima Serves Up Art Experiences and More to its Members

Kadima Serves Up Art Experiences and More to its Members
August 7, 2019 Sarah Zientarski

Detroit Performs featured venue, Kadima Mental Health Services, seeks to give its members fun, creative and therapeutic ways to work through their mental health challenges. Detroit Performs reached out to Kadima’s Development Director, Michelle Malamis to find out exactly what Kadima has to offer.

Detroit Performs: Why did Kadima feel it necessary to have a Creative Expressions program

Michelle Malamis: The development of the Creative Expressions Program really came from the feedback of the members who stated a desire for more programming where they could be expressive.  Many of the individuals Kadima serves are talented artists, writers and musicians.  It was an obvious program to develop. In addition, we have lay leadership that have a passion for the program and have been an integral part of its development.

DP: What are the other partnerships outside of the DSO does Kadima have for the Creative Expressions program?

MM: The Creative Expressions Program has many community partnerships and is excited to continue to see these relationships grow.  They include:  College for Creative Studies, Articipate, DIA, Cranbrook, Michigan Opera Theatre, and others.

DP: What are the projects Kadima clients take part in through these other partnerships?

MM: We are currently completing a third Plein Air Painting session led by an instructor with College for Creative Studies.  Plein Air means painting outdoors.  We are completing the third session that takes place weekly at Cranbrook. A photography class was also offered through CCS this past year for our members.  Kadima will be hiring Debby Kobayashi with Articipate to conduct art therapy with the individuals served by Kadima.  Kadima members participate in DIA events and one of our members is a docent with the DIA.  Kadima receives free tickets to Michigan Opera Theatre events regularly throughout the year.

DP: What else does Kadima offer to its clients?

MM: Last year, Kadima provided direct services to 200 individuals through residential, clinical, and enrichment programs.  Almost 400 additional individuals were touched through education and advocacy services.

Comprehensive Residential Support:  Kadima provides a continuum of residential services for individuals in 26 Kadima-operated properties that range from 24-hour care to independent living with supports.  Services are offered based on level of need and include:

  • Housing in safe, clean, well-maintained homes, condos and apartments;
  • Staff support for activities of daily living which may include cooking, bathing, grocery shopping, doing laundry, cleaning, and other supports as needed;
  • Transportation to work, medical/psychiatric appointments, and activities/events;
  • Psychosocial rehabilitative therapy, both individual and group;
  • Medication management;
  • Education/vocational support; and
  • Social integration, enrichment and volunteer activities.

Community Living Services (CLS):  The CLS program provides services to individuals in need of supports who are living in their own home or other residential setting (such as a senior living facility). Last year, Kadima CLS workers provided an average of 94 hours of service annually to these individuals, providing the same service as people in Kadima-operated residences including support with daily living activities, transportation, individual and group therapy and enrichment programming.

Counseling Services and Groups:  Kadima provides individual therapy led by master’s level social workers. All adults who are part of the Residential and CLS programs have an active, individualized treatment plan. Kadima also offers a wide spectrum of groups that include dance, yoga, art and book club. The Friends and Family Group is offered monthly to those who have a loved one with a mental health challenge. This group is open to all individuals, regardless of whether they have a family member or friend currently in services with Kadima.

Integrated Care Program:  The Integrated Care Program provides medical screenings, coordination and advocacy for persons served by Kadima. The program is coordinated by Kadima’s full-time nurse, who also facilitates an education program for 250 medical/nursing students as part of their psychiatry rotation. Health/wellness education for clients and staff is also part of this program.

Enrichment Programs:  The Lois and Milton Y. Zussman Activity Center provides a welcoming community for both people living in Kadima supported residences and other members of the community. Social and cultural activities, vocational support, volunteer engagement, culinary lessons and gardening experiences are offered within a community atmosphere of support and understanding. Last year, the individuals served by Kadima provided more than 2,100 hours of volunteer service to local organizations, such as animal shelters, food banks and libraries.  

DP: Why is Kadima such an important organization to have in our community?

MM: Kadima provides a unique service to individuals with mental health challenges in our community as it offers services on a range based on level of care someone needs, as well as the ability for the person served to move to different levels.  Kadima provides a continuum of care that includes residential, therapeutic and daily life skill building support, as well as an array of enrichment programming. Kadima provides a safe and welcoming community for the individuals served.  To many, Kadima is their family and their home.  

DP: How can people become members of Kadima?

MM: To find out about services, you can call Kadima’s intake office at 248.559.8235.  We also have a Friends and Family group offered the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Kadima.  This is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.

DP: Where is Kadima located?

MM: Kadima’s main offices are located at 15999 West Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI.  Kadima has 26 residences in southern Oakland County.

DP: Anything else that must be mentioned, please do.

MM: The development of the Creative Expressions Program has been a dream for members, staff and lay leaders for the past few years.  To see the programs and partnerships develop has been a very exciting experience.  We are so grateful and want to publicly thank to those who have supported this program this past year to help it develop. This includes the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation, Barbara and Michael Kratchman and Janet Aronoff.  We could not do this without all of their faith and support.