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‘Immensely meaningful’: Rogers team members dedicated to Sheboygan’s Supportive Living, now supported by MHAR service line

06/20/24 12:30:pm

A unique offering, Rogers’ Supportive Living in Sheboygan has provided patients a home-like environment while they receive treatment for the past three years. Going forward, the Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (MHAR) service line will help support its needs.

The space is staffed 24/7 with dedicated employees who have a passion for serving others. Brandon Liebergen, a supportive living coordinator, says he began working with Rogers a little more than a year ago.

“I was not sure what to expect or the role I would play in the lives of patients that call Supportive Living home, but now I know the difference we can make in their lives,” Brandon says. “It is a pleasure to work with everyone, patients and staff.”

The Supportive Living program has 12 beds, serving adults from any service lines available at the Sheboygan PHP/IOP clinic, which is located on the same property.

Residents must be actively attending treatment in the PHP/IOP clinic, and the average length of stay for patients is 30 to 45 days.

“While there, the residents benefit from practicing therapeutic skills in a safe and controlled environment while learning to live more independently,” says James Hishmeh, director of addiction services. “The MHAR service line has recently been fortunate enough to help support the needs for this facility and plans to do so moving forward. We would like to take a moment and thank September Casteel, senior director of operations, for her leadership and guidance during this transition.”

Kaylee Zipperer, a supportive living coordinator, says as she’s pursuing further education to become a psychologist, the Supportive Living program provides opportunities to grow while helping others.

“Working at Supportive Living has been immensely meaningful to me because of the patients and experience I have gained in the field,” Kaylee says. “The practice has been great for me, but what really makes my job worth it is the patients and our interactions. I have had the pleasure to meet so many amazing and unique individuals. Working in the Supportive Living program has allowed me to see the transition of each patient and the highs and lows of their journeys. Nothing makes me happier than thinking of who they become. From their first day to their last, their personalities just bubble out of them as they find their paths in life.”

For more information about Supportive Living, you can contact September Casteel, James Hishmeh, PhD, Tara Razo, MHAR operational excellence manager, or Michelle Maloney, PhD, MHAR executive clinical director.

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