Mental Health Skill Building

Maintaining Mental and Emotional Stability

Our Mental Health Skill Building service starts with a comprehensive assessment and development of an ISP.  You will be assigned to a counselor that will meet with you in your home or out in the community.  Your counselor will provide services including but not limited to: support and coping strategies for your mental health condition, medication management and education, activities of daily living,  and links to community resources.  Your counselor will serve as your advocate, and is fully committed to helping you achieve stability and balance in your life.

Paying for this Service

This service is paid for by a participant’s Medicaid insurance.  Self- pay is also an option, please call our office for more information.

Guidelines for Admission

1) The individual shall have one of the following as a primary Axis I DSM diagnosis:

(a) Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM OR

(b) Major Depressive Disorder – Recurrent; Bipolar I; or Bipolar II OR

(c) Any other Axis I mental health disorder (such as, but not limited to PTSD and anxiety disorders) that a physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year to include all of the following: (i) that is a serious mental illness; (ii) that results in severe and recurrent disability; (iii) that produces functional limitations in the individual’s major life activities which are documented in the individual’s medical record, AND; (iv) that the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent living in the community.

2) The individual shall require individualized training in acquiring basic living skills such as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and medication treatment plans; development and appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; personal hygiene; food preparation; or money management.

3) The individual shall have a prior history of any of the following: psychiatric hospitalization; residential crisis stabilization; Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services; placement in a psychiatric residential treatment facility (RTC Level C); or Temporary Detention Order (TDO) evaluation as a result of decompensation related to serious mental illness.

4) The individual shall have had a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or anti-depressant medications within the 12 months prior to the assessment date. If a physician or other practitioner who is authorized by his license to prescribe medications indicates that anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications are medically contraindicated for the individual, the provider shall obtain medical records signed by the physician or other licensed prescriber detailing the contraindication. This documentation shall be maintained in the individual’s mental health skill-building services record, and the provider shall document and describe how the individual will be able to actively participate in and benefit from services without the assistance of medication.

Goals for Treatment

The goal for Mental Health Skill Building Services is to help you achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.