Mental Health Services
Accurate offers children mental health services.
Our children mental health services are available under Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS). CTSS is a flexible package of mental health services for children up to 21 years of age who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention. CTSS addresses the conditions of emotional disturbance that impair and interfere with an individual’s ability to function independently. For children with emotional disturbances, rehabilitation means that services are provided to restore the child to a level of functioning that they either had or would have achieved if normal development had not been impaired by a mental health disorder. CTSS services are time-limited interventions that are delivered using various treatment modalities and combinations of services designed to reach measurable treatment outcomes identified in the Individualized Treatment Plan.
Our adult mental health services are for those age 18 and older wo may be seeking coping skills for mental health symptoms, support with life-changing decisions, to heal past hurts, or couples needing tools for communication, along with many other situations.
Our team works closely with the families to identify what service needs match their preferences and recommendations from the diagnostic assessment.
What is an Individualized Treatment Plan?
An individualized treatment plan is a working document that can be looked at as a ‘prescription’ so to speak, of services that will function as the interventions that would match the child’s long-term and short-term goal areas.
Mental Health Behavior Aide (MHBA): The MHBA is a paraprofessional working under the clinical supervision of a mental health professional. A MHBA implements the 1:1 MHBA services identified in the individualized treatment plan and individualized behavior plan. Time-frames for MHBAs to work 1:1 with the child are determined by the parents. Amount of hours per week are determined by the mental health professional informed by the Diagnostic Assessment and other evaluations that indicate the intensity need of intervention. MHBAs are trained for 22 hours worth of curriculum in-person with the practitioners and LICSW and are also required to attend a Parent-Teaming training through the Department of Human Services prior to working with a child in the home. MHBAs receive frequent direction from practitioner or LICSW, which includes in-person meetings, and observation of MHBAs work while directly working with their client in the home. MHBAs also are expected to have 20 hours of continuing education credits every two years to maintain their position as a MHBA.
Skills Training - Individual and/or Family: We have experienced practitioners on our team that provide in-home individualized and family skills work. This work focuses on helping the youth to self-monitor, compensate for, cope with, counteract, or replace skills deficits or maladaptive skills acquired during the course of a psychiatric illness. Unlike a thought, feeling or perception, a skill is observable by others. It is an activity that must be practiced in order to be mastered and maintained. Typically, a skill is performed for a reason and a skill can be generalized and adapted to many different situations. Skills training delivered to the family must teach skills needed by parents to enhance the child’s skill development and to help the child use the skills and develop or maintain a home environment that supports the child’s ongoing use of the skills.
Therapy - Individual and/or Family: Our LICSW meets with clients and their families in the home, or in the office typically on a weekly basis. Our LICSW utilizes an integrative approach to meet the client where they are at in their recovery experience. Often times when working on behavioral issues, cognitive behavioral therapy or behavioral therapy is used. Our LICSW also engages clients in brain-based intervention strategies, psychodynamic therapy, and incorporates music, art and other outlets in the session. It is very important to involve caregiver(s) and siblings when appropriate to ensure that the family system feels supported. Our therapist feels strongly that family/caregiver unit is an essential component to recovery and rehabilitation to restore mental health.
Crisis Assistance: Either our practitioners or LICSW will meet with the family to develop a thorough, comprehensive plan that recognizes factors precipitating a mental health crisis, identify behaviors related to the crisis, and be informed of available resources to resolve the crisis. This assistance is looked at as planning for a potential crisis which includes plans for: arranging admission to acute hospital inpatient treatment, crisis placement, community resources for follow-up, and a plan for the family to receive emotional support during a crisis (i.e. crisis lines in the area, identifying support people in advance). This plan is reviewed 1x per year.
If a child has not had a diagnostic assessment to evaluate their mental health status, symptoms and functioning our Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) can provide the evaluation to determine the services that are medically necessary to treat the child’s mental health needs and provide a session that includes an explanation of findings to the caregivers that reviews the assessment and provides guidance to the family on next steps. If a child has a diagnostic assessment that has been completed within the past year, and meets requirements for CTSS services, this Diagnostic Assessment can be used for planning treatment as well.
The Day Treatment program is for children ages 5-17 and is offered with a morning group from 8:00-11:00 am and an afternoon group from 12:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday, year-round. The goal of Day Treatment is to provide children an opportunity to experience success in a social setting with a focus on shifting their inner working model to a more positive, functional one while improving peer relations, behavior and self regulation. The client receives individual and group psychotherapy as well as group mental health skills training.
Other Pertinent Information:
We encourage the families with whom we partner with to identify what services meet their needs. All children who receive CTSS have a 200 hour threshold in which they can receive services per year. Progress is evaluated every 90 days by the CTSS team, along with parents/caregivers, and other support persons in the child’s life. Every 6 months, parents/caregivers can expect to receive a thorough evaluation from the CTSS team outlining areas of progress and areas where there seem to be struggles, provide specific measurable data re: the services that CTSS is providing and outcomes, and make recommendations to the family regarding services going forward. This is ideally done face to face in a collaborative meeting attended by all the support people who are part of your child’s treatment team.
To find out if you qualify, contact our Customer Service Department today.