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Community Treatment Services


Outpatient Community Treatment Services are offered to those individuals who want mental health treatment services, but who are not in need of an in-patient level of care.

These services may include

  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Diagnosis
  • Collaborative treatment planning
  • Medication prescription and management
  • Individual, group, family and play therapies

Community treatment services are available in many forms and locations, including

  • People’s homes
  • Schools
  • Workplaces
  • Other community settings
  • Community mental health centers

Community treatment services are known by many names, depending upon their focus, location, intensity and frequency. Some community treatment services are known as

  • Out-patient
  • Partial Hospital
  • Family-Based Mental Health
  • Mobile Therapy
  • Community Treatment Teams

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Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services for Children and Youth


Children and youth who have a serious emotional or behavioral disorder who can best be treated at home and/or in the community may be provided with Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS). BHRS are sometimes called “wraparound services.” The first step in the process is having the child evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist who then helps the caregiver decide what services are most appropriate for the child. An interagency team is formed to develop a treatment plan and monitor the progress made by the child. Once less intensive services are appropriate, the team will work with the family to choose them. 

There are four common types of BHRS. 

  • Behavioral Specialist Consultants (BSC) works with the child’s therapist and treatment team when a special behavior management plan is appropriate to help the child reach his or her goals.
  • Mobile Therapist (MT) provides individual and family therapy in the home or community setting.
  • Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) work one-to-one, together with the child’s caregiver when therapy alone is not enough to meet the needs of the child. The TSS will work with teachers and parents, helping them develop skills they need to manage the child. The TSS steps in to avoid hospitalization or other out-of-home placement.
  • Summer Therapeutic Programs are structured summer day camps that provide therapy services and help children to learn new skills.

School-based Partial Hospitalization Services

School-based Partial Hospitalization Services are provided in approved private schools that specialize in helping children with emotional or behavioral problems. School districts work with the families to make plans for a child to go to these schools. There the child will get special education classes and behavioral health services. Plans can be made to decide if a child will benefit from School-based Partial by contacting the school district or a provider of mental health services.  

Intensive Case Management Services

Intensive Case Management (ICM) Services are for children and youths who have serious emotional or behavioral problems.  The goals of ICM services are to help the child get and coordinate the services he or she needs and to prevent the child from needing hospitalization. Services include those for both mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. ICM may work with families receiving family-based services but to a lesser degree when the family-based team is providing case management services.
As in all cases, family involvement is extremely important in the care of the child. 

Family-Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS)

These voluntary, intensive, in-home services are recommended by a child’s psychiatrist or psychologist when the child is at risk of out-of-home placement. The child must have a diagnosis of social or emotional disturbance and qualify for Medical Assistance. FBMHS is generally only recommended when other outpatient therapy has not been effective. A team approach is taken that includes participation of the entire family and may include extended family. Services are time limited to 32 weeks.

The goals of FBMHS are

  • Help strengthen and keep families together
  • Improve family communications and stress management skills
  • Help the family learn new problem-solving skills
  • Improve the coping skills of all family members
  • Teach parenting skills and new ways of managing the child’s behavior
  • Advocate for the child in school and community
  • Help the family get needed services

As in all cases, family involvement is extremely important in the care of the child.