Steve Chappell, COTA

Steve has over 6 years of experience in the mental health field. He has an associate degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from Madison College and is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with a primary focus in mental health. He has worked in the mental health field in numerous programs including the PACT Program (Mendota Mental Health) and Yahara House (A clubhouse program through Journey Mental Health Center). As a certified CCS provider, Steve provides service facilitation and individual skills development. Steve believes that everyone’s mental health ebbs and flows. According to Steve, "Some of us have more challenges with mental health than others. Those of us who have fewer mental health struggles are in a good position to help those who are more challenged. I see my job as being there to help others. My training in the area of Occupational Therapy has provided me with insight and tools to assist people with doing what they want to do and need to do to improve their wellness and daily function despite a disability. I believe that it is important to maintain a balance of activities to achieve an optimal level of wellness in life. In working to have this balance I encourage people to embrace meaningful leisure activities that increase calm and reduce stress and anxiety. These activities can include different forms of creative expression, like music or visual art, or keeping a hobby of one sort or another, and getting physical activity. The health of the mind directly affects that of the body, and vice versa."