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Adult Mental Health Skill Building Services

mental_health_man_womanThe Adult Mental Health Support program operated by Family Transitions, Inc provides individualized counseling and life skills training to adults 18 or older who, due to mental illness, would otherwise have trouble maintaining community stability and independence. Some major areas of focus include daily living skills training, accessing community resources, health and safety, financial management and social supports. Mental Health Support services are individualized, client centered and facilitated in the clients home and their community.


Who is eligible?

  • Adult clients 18 or older with Medicaid.
  • Clients diagnosed with serious mental illness, or struggling with behavioral problems.
  • Clients with dual diagnosis.
  • Clients with significant impairment in major life activities.
  • Clients with difficult with interpersonal relationships.
  • Clients who are unable to recognize personal danger or inappropriate social behavior.
  • Clients who require basic living skills training.
  • Clients who may be at risk of homelessness.

What are the features of Mental Health Support Services?

  • Comprehensive assessment.
  • Individualized service planning to address identified isssues. 
  • Community based service provided in clients’ home and community.
  • Appropriate and prompt services are provided and coordinated to each client to meet their housing, mental and physical health, financial, educational, employment, transportation, daily living, social and recreational needs.
  • Comprehensive case management and discharge planning.
  • Weekly contact with referring social workers.
  • Experiential training in personal daily living skills.
  • Educational, vocational and employment assistance, support and monitoring. 
  • Linking clients to additional supportive community resources.
  • Medication Education and Support.
  • 1:5 Client to Staff Ratio.
  • 24 hour on-call assistance.
  • Individual transportation.
  • DBHDS Licensed.
  • Medicaid Approved Provider.

Eligibility Criteria

Mental Health Skill Building Services

  • Individuals qualifying for Mental Health Skill-building services must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to mental, behavioral or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities. Services are provided to individuals who require individualized training to achieve or maintain stability and independence in the community.
  • Individuals age 21 and over shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive mental health skill building services.
    The individual shall have one of the following as a primary Axis I DSM diagnosis:
  1. Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM
  2. Major Depression- Recurrent
  3. Bipolar I or Bipolar II
  4. Any other Axis I mental health disorder that physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year to include all of the following: (i) that is a serious mental illness (ii) that results in severe and recurrent disability; (iii) that produces functional limitations in the individual’s major life activities that are documented in the individual’s medical record, AND (iv) that the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independence living in the community.
  • The individual shall require 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.
  • The individual shall have a prior history of any of the following: psychiatric hospitalizations; residential crisis stabilization, Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services; placement in a psychiatric residential treatment facility (RTC Level C) or Temporary Detention Order (TDO) evaluation as a result of decompensation related to serious mental disorder. This criterion shall be met in order to ne initially admitted to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service.
  • The individual shall have had a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to the assessment date. If a physician or other practitioner who is authorized by his license to prescribe medications indicates that anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications are medically contraindicated for the individual. The provider shall obtain medical records signed by the physician of other licensed prescriber detailing the contraindication. This documentation shall be maintained in the individual’s mental health skill-building service record and the provider shall document and describe how the individual will be able to actively participate in and benefit from services without the assistance of medication/ this criterion shall be met upon admission to services, and not for subsequent authorization of service.
  • Individuals younger than 21 years of age shall meet all of the above criteria in order to be eligible to receive mental health skill building services and the following:
    The individual shall be in an independent living situation or actively transitioning into an independent living situation.

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Family Transitions, Inc.
Administrative Office
2505 Pocoshock Place, Suite 202
Richmond, VA 23235

Telephone: (804) 745-5101

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