CommonGround proves beneficial at FHR Pennsylvania

Published 11/09/2011
Left to Right: Decision Support Center Coordinator Bryan Biesecker explains the different features of CommonGround to Arts in Recovery Partner Kathy Bestwick at a CommonGround Open House.

Individuals at FHR Pennsylvania successfully utilize web-based application

Phoenixville, PA – November 9, 2011 – Participants using the web-based application, CommonGround, at Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR) of Chester County have been documenting positive results with this consumer-centered program. CommonGround is a web-based application that helps people prepare to meet with psychiatrists and arrive at the best decisions for treatment and recovery. FHR started using CommonGround at its Decision Support Center at 723 Wheatland Street in June 2011. Since then, members have had opportunities to share decision-making processes regarding their treatment and recovery with their psychiatrists.

As a self-evaluating, online application, CommonGround provides an accessible outlet for consumers to voice their concerns and track the progress of their treatment. “Before meeting with the doctor, consumers are able to formulate a clear picture of what they want or need to discuss at their appointments. The computer application provides them with valuable resources to take charge of their recovery,” says Director of Outpatient Treatment Arlene Schofield.

The program reaches a wide range of consumers and has proven to be extremely user-friendly. There are staff members available at all times to answer questions and to aid consumers in using the program. On a touch screen computer, CommonGround is very accessible to all members.

“I am excited to see the consumers becoming more knowledgeable about CommonGround,” says Certified Peer Specialist Trudy Cunningham. “They are beginning to use our ‘open door policy’ more frequently and take advantage of those resources.”

CommonGround is a very useful tool for psychiatrists in addressing consumers’ concerns. “Recently, we had a consumer who indicated in his CommonGround reports that he was having problems with his medication,” Schofield says. “Up until that point, he had not expressed this concern to his doctors. Without his report, doctors may have never discovered that he was having problems.”

According to Schofield, “the program will enhance outpatient services at FHR because individuals will see that we operate a person-centered program. They will recognize that they are in charge of their recovery and that we’re here to aid them in getting where they want to go.”

For more information about services available at FHR Pennsylvania, please contact Arlene Schofield at 610-415-9301.


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