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Diagnostic Assessment

Psychiatric diagnostic interview examination includes a history; mental status exam; evaluation and assessment of physiological phenomena (including co-morbidity between behavioral and physical health care issues); psychiatric diagnostic evaluation (including assessing for co-occurring disorders and the development of a differential diagnosis); screening and/or assessment of any withdrawal symptoms for youth with substance related diagnoses; assessment of the appropriateness of initiating or continuing services; and a disposition. These are completed by face-to-face evaluation of the youth (which may include the use of telemedicine) and may include communication with family and other sources and the ordering and medical interpretation of laboratory or other medical diagnostic studies.


Family Outpatient Services

Therapeutic intervention or counseling service shown to be successful with identified family populations, diagnoses and service needs. Services are directed toward achievement of specific goals defined by the individual youth and by the parent(s)/responsible caregiver(s) and specified in the Individualized Resiliency Plan. The focus of family counseling is the family or subsystems within the family, e.g. the parental couple. The service is always provided for the benefit of the individual consumer and may or may not include the individual consumer’s participation as indicated by the CPT code.


Group Outpatient Services

A therapeutic intervention or counseling service shown to be successful with identified populations, diagnoses and service needs. Services are directed toward achievement of specific goals defined by the youth and by the parent(s)/responsible caregiver(s) and specified in the Individualized Resiliency Plan. Services may address goals/issues such as promoting resiliency, restoration, and development.

Indificuatl Outpatient Services

A therapeutic intervention or counseling service shown to be successful with identified youth populations, diagnoses and service needs, provided by a qualified clinician. 

Community Support Services

Community Support Services provide an array of support services delivered by community-based, mobile Community Support Specialists. CSS are directed towards adults, children, adolescents and families and will vary with respect to hours, type and intensity of services, depending on the changing needs of each individual. The purpose/intent of CSS is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each person served. CSS should be focused on the individual’s ability to succeed in the community; to identify and access needed services; and to show improvement in school, work, family, community integration.


Psychiatric/Physician Services

Psychiatric/Physician’s Services are services of a medical nature provided by medically trained staff to address medical conditions related to the individual’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. Medical services include medication evaluation and monitoring, nurse assessment, and medication injection.

Emergency/Crisis Response Services

Emergency/Crisis Response Services are time limited intensive intervention, available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Crisis response services allow for the assessment of the crisis and ability to activate a mobile crisis team. Trained crisis response staff provides crisis stabilization directed toward preventing hospitalization. Children or adults requiring crisis services are those who are experiencing a significant emotional/behavioral crisis. A crisis situation is defined as a situation in which an individual’s mental health and/or behavioral health needs exceed the individual’s resources, in the opinion of the mental health professional assessing the situation. Staff must be able to triage and make appropriate clinical decisions, including accessing the need for inpatient services or less restrictive alternatives.

Consultation and Education Services:

1. Developing and coordinating effective mental health education, consultation, and public information programs; and 

2. Increasing the community awareness of mental health related issues.

Peer Support Services:

These are person-centered activities with a rehabilitation and resiliency/recovery focus that allow consumers of mental health services and their family members the opportunity to build skills for coping with and managing psychiatric symptoms and challenges associated with various disabilities while directing their own recovery. Natural resources are utilized to enhance community living skills, community integration, rehabilitation, resiliency and recovery. Peer Support is a helping relationship between peers and/or family members that is directed toward the achievement of specific goals defined by the individual. It may also be provided as a family partner role. 


Day Treatment Services are the most intensive outpatient services available to children/youth with SED. The services must provide an alternative to residential treatment or acute psychiatric hospitalization or serve as a transition from these services. Day Treatment Services are a behavioral intervention and strengths-based program, provided in the context of a therapeutic milieu, which provides primarily school age children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbances the intensity of treatment necessary to enable them to live in the community. 

Intensive Outpatient Psychiatric for Children and Youth with SED:

Intensive Outpatient Psychiatric services are defined as treatment provided in the home or community to children and youth with serious emotional disturbance up to the age of twenty-one (21) for family stabilization. Based on a wraparound model, this service is a time-limited, intensive family intervention intended to diffuse the current crisis, evaluate its nature, and intervene to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence. The ultimate goal is to stabilize the living arrangement, promote reunification or prevent the utilization of out-of-home therapeutic resources (i.e., psychiatric hospital, therapeutic foster care, and residential treatment facility). 

Intensive Crisis Intervention Services for Children and Youth with an SED:

Intensive Crisis Intervention Services for Children and Youth with an SED are specialized, time limited interventions that last for 6-8 weeks and include intensive outpatient mental health therapy services and in-home services and support for the family or other caregivers. These services are available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days/week. 

Respite Care For Children/Youth with SED:

Respite is a short-term planned relief care in the home or community for children/youth with serious emotional/ behavioral disturbances or mental health challenges. This service offers time out for caregivers and children/youth, helping family members to cope with their responsibilities, to rest and regroup, facilitate stability, and feel less isolated from the community, family and friends. The provision of services is community-based, culturally competent, and child-centered with the family participating in all decision-making.

Wraparound Facilitation:

It is the creation and facilitation of a child and family team for the purpose of developing a single plan of care to address the needs of youth with complex mental health challenges and their families.

Making a Plan (MAP) Teams:

Teams will address the needs of children, up to age 21 years, with serious emotional/behavioral disorders and dually diagnosed with serious emotional/behavioral disorders and an intellectual disability or SED and alcohol/drug abuse; who require services from multiple agencies and multiple program systems, and who can be successfully diverted from inappropriate institutional placement.



Adult Making a Plan (AMAP) Teams:

Teams will address the needs of adults, 21 years and above, with serious mental illness or dually diagnosed (SMI/DD or SMI/A&D) who have frequent/multiple placements in inpatient psychiatric services which could possibly be prevented with the coordinated efforts of multiple agencies and services. 

The Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT):

It is an individual-centered, recovery-oriented mental health service delivery model for facilitating community living, psychological rehabilitation and recovery for persons who have the most severe and persistent mental illnesses, have severe symptoms and impairments, and have not benefited from traditional outpatient programs.

Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services

Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services (PSR) consists of a network of services designed to support and restore community functioning and well-being of adults with a serious and persistent mental illness. The purpose of the program is to promote recovery, resiliency, and empowerment of the individual in his/her community. Program activities aim to improve reality orientation, social skills and adaptation, coping skills, effective management of time and resources, task completion, community and family integration, vocational and academic skills, and activities to incorporate the individual into independent community living; as well as to alleviate psychiatric decomposition, confusion, anxiety, disorientation, distraction, preoccupation, isolation, withdrawal and feelings of low self-worth. 

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