A program through one of Sacramento County's Community Outreach Recovery Empowerment (CORE) centers is helping people heal through art. There is a mental health art group helping clients process their issues through art.
The CORE program provides specialty mental health services and supports eligible adults in Sacramento County. CORE offers both on-site and field-based services. The art program is one of the services offered on-site.
“It is meant to help clients self-soothe and use art as a form of coping while also getting social interaction with other clients," said Turning Point CORE Program Director Eric Llorente.
The mental health art group started about four years ago. Clients meet on Thursdays to socialize with each other while expressing themselves through paintings and drawings.
“I have witnessed the positive impact art has on our clients. It is one of our most requested groups as it allows clients time to process utilizing something they love," added Llorente.
The mental health art group is just one of the many ways Turning Point helps patients in Sacramento County. All CORE sites provide a 24/7 on-call crisis response system with immediate support. The CORE Community Wellness Centers serve as a walk-in entry point for individuals contemplating mental health services and ongoing support for individuals transitioning from the Mental Health Plan. The Wellness Center serves as a hub for individuals seeking meaningful activities. Turning Point also provides an opportunity for those who reach their recovery goals to volunteer or seek employment with the centers. There are several CORE centers throughout Sacramento County. You can read more about who is eligible and the services provided by CORE here.