Mental Health Skill-Building Services are training services offered to enable people with significant psychiatric functional limitations to achieve independence and maintain stability within the community in the least restrictive, yet appropriate, environment. MHSS are not counseling or therapy services.
The services are designed to offer structured training in the following major categories:
- Functional skills
- Appropriate behavior related to the individual’s health and safety
- Activities of daily living
- Using community resources
- Adherence to medication management instructions
- Monitoring health, nutrition, and physical condition
Here is a brief list of examples of the skills taught:
- Securing housing
- Budgeting and managing household finances
- Managing personal space
- Health and safety awareness
- Decision-making skills
- Social skills
- Organizational skills
- Personal hygiene skills
- Managing behavior
- Awareness of, exposure to, and coordination with other community-based resources
- Communication skills
- Coping skills to manage anger and depression
- Parenting skills
- Coping skills to manage crises
- Other relevant skills that will support continued stability and independence.
The goals of the service include:
- Providing structured, outcome-driven treatment, which strives to increase the adult client’s level of self-sufficiency and independence within their homes or the least restrictive environments.
- Building trusting relationships with adult clients, while establishing collaborative relationships with other agencies and providers who are relatively involved in their care.
- Developing and implementing an individualized service plan (ISP) that provides a guide for the client’s treatment and subsequent advancement towards goal achievement.
- Identifying and promoting each client from a strengths-based approach beginning with their individualized assessment, which gauges their level of need, personal challenges, areas of strength and functional abilities.
- Providing the necessary linkage of supports through service coordination with resource agencies and increased exposure to valuable resources within the community that will ultimately assist them towards greater personal management.
The Intensive In-Home service focuses on the mental health needs of the child and provides intensive, time-limited interventions provided typically but not solely in the residence of a child who is at risk of being moved into an out-of-home placement or who is being transitioned to home from an out-of-home placement due to documented clinical needs of the child. The service includes the following:
- Crisis treatment
- Individual and family counseling
- Service coordination with other required services
- 24-hour emergency response
- Training in communication, problem-solving, anger management and interpersonal skills
The goals of the service include:
- Providing structured, outcome-driven therapeutic treatment, which improves the child’s level of functioning in the school, home and community.
- Building trusting relationships with families to promote their positive involvement in the school, community and society.
- Developing and implementing an individualized service plan (ISP) that promotes the healthy development of the client in order to discharge the individual from services as a positive, productive member of society.
- Identifying and promoting the strength of the individual and family to build family stability and promote improved functioning.
- Providing the necessary linkage of supports through service coordination with doctors, schools, courts, hospitals, Family Assessment and Planning Teams (FAPT), social services, parents and others involved in the client’s treatment in order to provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to service.
For the Mental Health Skill-Building service for adults and older adolescents, we typically provide services for a minimum of 3 hours per week, with additional time based on the individual needs of the client, over a period of six months. Services may be reauthorized for additional six-month periods.
For the Intensive In-Home service for children and adolescents, we typically provide services for a minimum of 3 hours per week, with additional time based on the individual needs of the client, over a period of three months. Services may be reauthorized for additional three-month periods.
Our staff of qualified and licensed mental health professionals visits client homes or can meet with clients at mutually agreed-upon locations.
We serve Northern Virginia. The specific counties and cities we serve are as follows:
- Arlington County
- Alexandria City
- Caroline County
- Fairfax City
- Fairfax County
- Falls Church City
- Fauquier County
- Manassas City
- Manassas Park City
- Prince William County
- Stafford County
- Fredericksburg City
- Spotsylvania County
- King George County
- Loudoun County