Adult Mental Health Skill Building Program

Adult Mental Health Skill BuildingThe Adult Mental Health Skill Building 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 Skill Building services are individualized, client centered and facilitated in the clients’ home and their community. 

Who is Eligible?

  • Adult client 18 or older
  • Diagnosis of serious mental illness, or struggling with behavioral problems. 
  • Individuals with dual diagnosis
  • Problems with interpersonal relationships. 
  • Individuals who are unable to recognize personal danger or inappropriate social behavior. 
  • Individuals who require basic living skills training
  • Individuals who may be at risk of homelessness

What are the benefits of Mental Health Skill Building Services? 

  • Medication Education Support
  • Crisis Support and Coordination
  • Household Management/ Personal Budgeting
  • Health Care Engagement/ Appointment Coordination Assistance
  • Life Skill Development 
  • Independent Living Promotion
  • Nutrition Education
  • Meal Planning 
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Daily Living Skills Training 
  • Service Coordination and Community Resource Linkage
  • Comprehensive Case Management and Discharge Planning 

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Eligibility Criteria

Adult Mental Health Skill Building

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 1 diagnosis: 

  • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM-VI. 
  • Major Depression-Recurrent Diagnosis
  • Bipolar I or Bipolar II

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 produces functional limitations in the individual’s major like activities that are documented in the individual’s medical record, and (IV) that the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent 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 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 be initially admitted to services; and not for subsequent authorization of service. 

The individual shall have had a prescription or 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 or 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/the criterion shall be met upon admission to services, and not for subsequent authorization for service. 

Individuals younger 212 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.