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Description of Services

Community Support Program:

Commonly also referred to as Community Support Services or CSS, or Community Support Program or CSP.

This program provides case management services and supportive assistance to individuals in order to attain the goals of their behavioral health treatment plan, as well as access to medical, social, educational and other services essential to meeting basic human needs.

Case management services provide goal-oriented and individualized treatment for the persons served through assessment, planning, treatment, support, linkage, advocacy, as well as coordination and monitoring activities. The intensity and frequency of the service, as well as its location, is based on individual needs with the intent of promoting the individual's recovery.

Approximately 5100 clients are in our Community Support Programs throughout 7 Community Mental Health Centers.

Mobile Treatment Program:

In addition to case management services provided by the Community Support Program, a more intense case management supportive treatment is known as the Mobile Treatment Program. This is an integrated evidenced-based practice model of providing a comprehensive range of rehabilitation and support interventions to persons with severe and persistent mental illness to enable them to live autonomous, safe and healthy lives in their natural community environments. Many individuals served in this program have co-occurring substance abuse disorders, housing needs, or are involved in the criminal justice system. Each team has vocational and substance abuse counselors in addition to case managers, nurses and a treating psychiatrist. Services also include assertive outreach, independent living assistance, and linkage to necessary social, health and mental health supports for a finite number of clients. This treatment approach is designed for clients who either do not seek out, or refuse, traditional office-based services, and for those high-risk clients at an intensive level of need.

Approximately 1200 clients are active among 16 Mobile Treatment Team Programs state wide. This program provides services to clients 7 days per week and 365 days per year.

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General Outpatient Programs and Services:

General Outpatient treatment programs provide an array of services that include, but are not limited to, individual, group and family counseling, and education. These programs offer comprehensive and coordinated diagnostic, clinical and educational services that may vary in intensity level according to the needs of the individual served. Medication monitoring is also part of the general outpatient program and individuals are referred for psychiatric medication based on each individual's need.

Approximately 6000 clients (adults) are served through our out-patient programs.

Residential Programs and Services:

Residential programs operate twenty four hours a day, seven days per week providing services and supervision to designated populations. Services promote recovery and empowerment and enable individuals to improve or restore overall functioning.

The Mental Health System currently licenses approximately 225 group home beds and approximately 150 supervised apartment settings.

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Emergency, Crisis Intervention, and Crisis Stabilization Services:

Behavioral health emergency, crisis intervention, and crisis stabilization services are immediate and short-term behavioral healthcare interventions to individuals experiencing an emergency or crisis situation. These services continue until a crisis is stabilized or the individual is safely transferred or referred for appropriate stabilization and/or ongoing treatment.

Rhode Island has seven emergency services programs that are available via telephone and/or face-to-face to respond to emergencies twenty four hours a day, 365 days per year. The seven emergency services programs have been divided up into 8 distinct regions and are responsible for behavioral health crises that occur in those areas.

Community Integration Programs and Services:

Community Integration Services are designed to help persons with behavioral health needs to optimize their personal, social, and vocational competency in order to live successfully in the community. Included are services known as Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Supported Employment, Supported Education, and other community based rehabilitation services. Community Integration Services may be provided as a separate program within an organization, or as services and interventions provided as an integral component of another established program, e.g., Clubhouse. The persons served are active partners in all aspect of such programs and the services are designed around their needs and desires and are responsive to their expectations.

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