Community Behavioral Health

Adult Services

Adults with severe and persistent mental illness living in community settings have a variety of service needs. Community mental health centers serve as the focal point for services purchased by the Division of Community Behavioral Health for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Services and resources include:

  • Medical
  • Social
  • Educational
  • Vocational
  • Other support services necessary to meet basic human needs

Services available to adults with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) include:

  • Residential/Transitional Services: Short term intensive transitional services and long term facility based treatment programs designed to prevent hospitalization or ease transition from an inpatient facility to independent or supported living environments.

  • Programs of Assertive Community Treatment (IMPACT): Intensive services to individuals with extensive histories of hospitalizations and individuals needing very intensive services to remain in the community.

  • Continuous Assistance, Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) Program: Treatment, rehabilitation, and support services aimed at helping the SPMI population live successfully in the community.

  • Crisis Intervention: An immediate therapeutic response available 24 hours a day which, depending on client's needs, involves direct telephone or face-to-face contact with clients exhibiting acute psychiatric symptoms and/or inappropriate behavior, their families, and other collaterals to alleviate the problems which, if untreated, present an immediate threat to the client or others.

  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program: PATH funds community-based outreach, mental health, substance abuse, case management, and other support services, as well as a limited set of housing needs.

  • Psychiatric/Medication Management: The CARE team will assist with administration of prescription and nonprescription medications prescribed by a psychiatrist, physician, physician's assistant, or certified nurse practitioner for consumers who are incapable of self-administration and instruct in the act of self-administration of prescription and non prescription medications prescribed for self administration. Regular review and documentation of consumer mental illness symptoms as well as his/her response to prescribed medication treatment and monitor treat, and document any medication side effects.

  • Emergency Services: Emergency services are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, for persons experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis. Emergency services are designed to stabilize the emergency situation and to provide immediate treatment in the least restrictive environment possible.

  • Outpatient Services: Outpatient services provide nonresidential diagnostic and treatment services that are goal oriented, include an individualized treatment plan, and are provided by staff trained and experienced in mental health. Services shall be designed to assure movement toward a measurable treatment goal(s).