Eligibility for Mental Health Skill Building
Individuals must meet ALL of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive mental health skill-building services:
Have a need for 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.
Have a qualifying mental health diagnosis (psychotic disorder, major depressive disorder – recurrent, or bipolar disorder I or II). If an individual has another disorder, it will qualify if a physician determines:
It is a serious mental illness
It results in severe and recurrent disability that produces functional limitations in major life activities, and
The individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent living in the community
The individual must have a prior history of qualifying mental health treatment. A qualifying mental health treatment is:
residential crisis stabilization
PACT or ICT services
RTC-Level C placement or
A TDO evaluation due to mental health decompensation.
The individual has had a prescription for an anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or anti-depressant medication within the twelve months prior to the assessment date unless a physician documents that such medication is medically contraindicated.
Eligibility for Intensive In-Home Therapy Services
The following clinical information must be documented for admission:
Severe problems in interpersonal relationships that are placing consumer at risk of acute hospitalization and/or out of home placement because of conflict with family and/or community.
Repeated interventions by mental health providers, the judicial system and/or social services have been necessary.
Difficulty recognizing personal danger and/or recognizing significantly inappropriate social behaviors due to cognitive impairments.
A higher modality of treatment is necessary that supersedes what outpatient can offer in order to stabilize the consumer in the family situation.
The therapeutic nature of providing services within the home is greater than providing services in a clinical setting
At least one parent, guardian or caretaker in the home is willing to participate in treatment with the goal of keeping the consumer with the family.
Eligibility for Day Treatment
Member must meet at least two on a continuing or intermittent basis (within past six months):
Difficulty establishing or maintaining normal interpersonal relationships to such a degree they are at risk of hospitalization or out of home placement due to conflicts with family or community.
Exhibit such inappropriate behaviors that repeated interventions by the mental health, social services, educational or judicial system are necessary.
Exhibit difficulty in cognitive ability such that they are unable to recognize personal danger or significantly inappropriate social behavior.
Member must meet at least one of the following:
Require year-round (9-12 months) treatment to sustain behavioral or emotional gains.
Have problems so severe that they cannot be addressed in self-contained or resource classrooms (ED) without this programming during the school day or as a supplement to the school day.
The member otherwise would be placed on homebound instruction due to severe emotional or behavioral problems that interfere with learning.
The member is in a preschool enrichment and early intervention program with problems so severe that member cannot function in this program without additional services.
Compared with same age peers, member has any of the following:
1. Deficits in social skills or peer relations or in dealing with authority
2. Display hyperactivity
3. Demonstrate poor impulse control
4. Exhibit signs of extreme depression
5. Demonstrate signs of being marginally connected with reality
All assessments will be conducted by an Intake Specialist in the consumer’s home unless there is a documented safety or privacy issue and will include the following elements:
Download and Complete the Screening and Referral Form!
- Presenting Issues
- Mental Health History/Hospitalizations
- Medical Profile
- Development History
- Educational/Vocational Status
- Current Living Situation and Family History and Relationships
- Resources and Strengths
- Diagnosis/Professional Assessment Summary
- Recommended Treatment Goals
Northern Virginia Location
8850 Richmond Highway, Suite 201 | Alexandria, Virginia 22309 | P: (703)417-9914
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