Mental Health Community Support Services

Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS) include training and support to help individuals achieve and maintain stability and their independence within the community. These support services are rendered in the least restrictive environment based on the identified needs of the individual.

The goal of MHCSS is to increase quality of life and to keep the person in their community. This can be accomplished by being responsive to an individuals’ needs and increasing their abilities and life skills. Services are generally provided in-home to offer training, education and support in the natural setting where skills will be used. Support is individualized and based on a clinical assessment of the individuals’ needs. The individual, family members, the doctor, and the Care Coordinator will all play an active role in the provision of services being implemented. However the individual is the most important person in their treatment and, therefore, they are encouraged to actively engage and guide services throughout the process.

The program recognizes the need for services to be available to assist individuals while achieving recovery. Some of the components associated with these services include maintaining housing, facilitating individual choices, and structured planned training and supports centered on the needs of the individuals. Specific services provided in the program include:

  • Face to face and 1:1 services
  • Skill Building in Personal Hygiene
  • Medication Monitoring Diet and Nutrition
  • Stress Management
  • Housing Stabilization
  • Coping Skills
  • Boundaries and Ethical Decision Making
  • Anger Management
  • Social Skill Development
  • Symptom Management
  • Budgeting
  • Health Management
  • Peer Support

Who is Eligible for Mental Health Community Support Services?

Individuals must demonstrate a clinical need for the service due to a condition associated with a mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairment of major life activities. Individuals must meet at least two of the following criteria on a continuing or intermittent basis:

  • Have difficulty in establishing or maintaining normal interpersonal relationships to such a degree that they are at risk of hospitalization, homelessness, or isolation from social supports.
  • Exhibit such inappropriate behavior that repeated interventions by the mental health, social services, or judicial systems are necessary.
  • Exhibit difficulty in cognitive abilities such that they are unable to recognize personal danger or recognize significantly inappropriate social behavior.
  • Require help in basic living skills, such as maintaining personal hygiene, preparing food and maintaining adequate nutrition, or managing finances to such a degree that health or safety is jeopardized.

Individuals eligible for these services may have a dual diagnosis of either mental illness and mental retardation or mental illness and substance abuse disorder. If an individual has co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, integrated treatment for both disorders is allowed within Mental Health Community Support Services as long as the treatment for the substance abuse condition is intended to positively impact the mental health condition.

Intensive In-Home (IIH)

Intensive In-Home (IIH) is a stabilization and preventative service focused on children or adolescents who are at–risk to be removed from their home. This program is designed to bring stability to a family in crisis and keep the child in their environment. Risks for a child being removed from their home  could include aggression, defiance, noncompliance, truancy, or parenting limitations. Intensive In-Home is home-based and is intended to be a short-term service.

IIH services may include:

  • Initial assessment and diagnosis
  • Individual and family counseling at a minimum of 5 hours per week in the home and community
  • Crisis support and response 24/7
  • Parental skills training and behavioral modification interventions
  • Individualized treatment plans that address identified needs
  • Assistance with accessing and navigating community resources
  • Advocacy within the medical, educational, social service and psychiatric systems
  • Frequent communication and collaboration with associated professionals and treatment team members

Who is Eligible for Intensive In-Home?

  • Children who ages 4-18 that are at-risk of an out-of-home placement.
  • Youth who are transitioning back into the home from an out-of-home placement.
  • Families who are willing to cooperate with IIH counselor and commit to at least 5 hours per week in the home to support the therapeutic process.