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Mission Statement

Our Mission is to strengthen the lives of those in need while empowering hope that will last. We believe in helping individuals to learn appropriates social and therapeutic skills that will enhance their overall lifestyle, through support and resourcefulness.  

Program Overview 

Mental Health Skill-Building Services are training and support to enable individuals with significant psychiatric functional limitations to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. Persons ages 18- 21 may still be eligible for Mental Health Support Serviced if medical necessity criteria are met and will require a VICAP screening by the CSB or BHA. This service is not a substitution for mental health counseling or psychotherapy. Hope Seekers Community Support Services aims to provide training to individuals in functional skills and appropriate behavior related to the individual’s health and safety, activities of daily living, and use of community resources; assistance with medication management; and monitoring health, nutrition, and psychiatric condition. This service is intended to enable individuals with significant mental illness to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. Services will help mentally ill individuals who have trouble maintaining community stability and independence. Focus areas include daily living, community resources, health and safety, financial management and social supports. All Hope Seekers Community Support Services services are individualized, person centered and provided within the client’s home and their community.

Program Eligibility 

Individuals must demonstrate a clinical need for the service arising from a condition due to
mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in
major life activities and effects their ability to remain stabilized in the community. Individuals must meet all of the following criteria on a continuing or intermittent basis:

Individuals receiving services must 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 depressive 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 physician 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 the 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 decomposition). This criteria is required 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. 

Evidence will be established and documented of psychiatric mediation history by maintaining a photocopy of prescription information from a prescription bottle or a contacting a prior provider of health care services or pharmacy or after obtaining written consent from the individual. The following minimum elements: 

(1)Name and title of caller; (2) name and title of professional who was called; (3) name of organization that the profession works for (4) date and time of call (5) specific prescription confirmed; (6) name of prescribing physician; (7) name of medication and (8) date of prescription 

This criteria is required 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.

Individuals eligible for this service 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 Support Services as long as the treatment for the substance abuse condition is intended to positively impact the mental health condition. The impact of the substance abuse condition on the mental health condition must be documented in the assessment, the ISP, and the progress notes.