Short Stay and Long Stay


What is the Faraja Center?

It is a day treatment facility for adults that offer guidance, support and empowerment to persons suffering from mental illnesses and their families.

The word “Faraja” (pronounced fah-rah-jah), is a Swahili word meaning ‘comfort’ and ‘consolation’.

Its objective is to guide and motivate clients with a psychiatric illness to achieve the self-confidence and skills needed to actively participate in mainstream society regardless of personal challenges.

What programs does the Faraja Center offer?

The Faraja Center’s services include: therapy, computer skills, arts and crafts, soap and candle production, sports, home economics, life skills, job training, counselling, psycho-education, mentorship, support and transportation.

An individualized care plan will be developed based on the client’s mental health needs and personal life goals.

 What is Short Stay and Long Stay?

Short Stay is a living facility that provides treatment services designed to enable recovery and independence. It is offered to psychiatric clients between the ages of 18 and 55 years for a period from 3 up to 6 months. Clients must meet the requirements for entry into this structured guided living facility that caters to persons with psychiatric disorders who would benefit from intensive professional guidance and supervision. The focus of the service is to provide treatment based on a multi-disciplinary care plan that reflects the client’s abilities and needs.

Long Stay is the subsequent treatment service of Short Stay. It is offered to clients between the ages of 20 and 60 years, who would benefit from a longer period of treatment or more intensive professional guidance and supervision for up to 12 months.

How is aftercare delivered?

This service is provided by the case managers and psychiatrist and is dependent upon each client’s individual case and circumstances.

What can one expect in Short Stay/ Long Stay?

Individuals that enter Short Stay/ Long Stay treatment service are provided with an individualized treatment plan which includes: therapy, psycho-education, life skills, candle and soap production, job training, sports, and gardening, handy craft, regular assessments and treatment compliance.

My loved one is accepted into Short Stay/ Long Stay, will I be allowed to visit?

Regular visitations can be a positive part of recovery. We welcome visits from family and friends of clients treated in Short Stay or Long Stay. Our staff members are readily available to offer support, advice and to answer any of your pertinent questions.

Visitation hours are from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm daily. Exceptions may be made through arrangements with a Short Stay/ Long Stay staff member.

Early detection and treatment of mental disorders has been proven to lessen the severity of some mental illnesses, minimize long-term disability and improve likelihood of recovery as well as normal functioning. 


Faraja Center Opening Days:

Monday to Friday

Faraja Center Opening Hours:

8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Short Stay/ Long Stay Opening Days

7 X 24

Short Stay/ Long Stay Visiting Hours:

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Faraja Center and

Short Stay/ Long Stay Telephone Number:

(+1-721) 542-1677 extension 507

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