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Program Overview 

Mental Health Skill-Building Services are training and support services which enable individuals with significant psychiatric functional limitations to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. 

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: 

  • Learning Activities of Daily Living Skills
  • Accessing Community Resources 
  • Learning to manage Health and Safety
  • Guidance with Budgeting and money management 
  • Creating and maintaining social supports
  • Medication supervision 
  • Personal Space management 
  • Safety awareness 
  • Enhancing Social, organizational , and personal care skills
  • Coordinating/ tracking appointments 
  • Monitoring Health, Nutrition and Psychiatric symptoms


Mental Health Skill Building Services are implemented in coordination with recommendations from the client's referring Case Manager, Psychiatrist, PCP or any other persons /agencies involved in their care.


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. 


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.



Please note that this service is not a substitution for mental health counseling or psychotherapy.