Mental Health Skill-Building
Persons with mental illness are often the most vulnerable and isolated persons in our communities. Unlike many other illnesses, the struggles associated with mental illness are made all the more difficult because of the nature of the illness itself - coping with even the simplest tasks can be an insurmountable challenge.
Mental Health Skill-building Services are designed to assist those with mental health diagnoses in meeting all of life's struggles and challenges - from helping the client to navigate through the often confusing and burdensome maze associated with accessing community resources to training the client in the most basic life skills. EHS provides Mental Health Skill-building Services meeting a wide range of needs associated directly with the mental illness itself and also with the accompanying issues that go along with every mental health diagnosis.
Services Associated With Mental Health Skill-building from EHS
Clients at EHS are assigned specific clinicians who work closely with those clients in developing Service Plans tailored to address their specific and unique needs. EHS clinicians support, train, and assist clients in keeping psychiatric and medical appointments, managing and complying with medication regimens, accessing community resources, learning basic life skills and independent living skills, learning appropriate social skills, ending social isolation, and gaining access to recreational, educational, and vocational opportunities.
In order to be eligible for Mental Health Skill-building Services, a client must meet all of the following:
- 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 depressiive disorder-recurrent, or bipolar disorder I or II). If an individual has another disorder (such as, but not limited to PTSD and anxiety disorders) they may meet eligibility requirements if a pysician determines it is a significant mental illness that 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 (this must be documented by a physician);
- Have a prior history of qualifying mental health treatment (psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment, residential crisis stabilization, PACT or ICT services, RTC-Level C placement, or TDO evaluation by a CSB/BHA due to mental health decompensation). This bullet must be met in order to be initially admitted to services, however not for subsequent authorizations;
- Have 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. This bullet must be met in order to be initially admitted to services, however not for subsequent authorizations; and
- If an individual is under the age of 21, they must be in an independent living situation or transferring into one within six months.