Adult Behavioral Health Services

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Mental Health Skill Building Services

Who is eligible?
  • Adult population with Medicaid suffering from mental illness,
  • Diagnosed with serious mental illness or
  • Suffering from a dual diagnosis,
  • Significant impairment in major life activities, and
Individuals who meet at least two of the following criteria:
  1. Have difficulty with interpersonal relationships that effect their daily living
  2. Unable to recognize personal danger or inappropriate social behavior.
  3. Require help in basic living skills to ensure safety and protect public.
  4. Have or had a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months

  5. Have a prior history of any of the following: psychiatric hospitalization; 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) pursuant to the Code of Virginia §37.2-809(B) evaluation as a result of decompensation related to serious mental illness

What are Mental Health Skill Building services?
  • Initial assessment of competency & adaptive functioning,
  • Individualized treatment plan to address identified issues,
  • Community-based intervention and crisis response,
  • Weekly collaboration with qualified mental health professionals,
  • Assistance with accessing community supports and resources
  • Education and training on skills of independent living to ensure health and safety.

The Mobile Crisis Service Unit

The Mobile Crisis Service Unit (MCU) is an emergency mental health program that provides on-scene evaluation, treatment, and crisis intervention in the community. 

The MCU specializes in providing these services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency.

In many of these situations there is concern that, as a result of a psychiatric condition, the person may be a danger to self or others or may not be caring for self.

While the goal of the MCU is to enlist the individual’s cooperation and develop the least restrictive treatment options, the MCU is authorized to recommend and facilitate involuntary hospitalization and treatment when necessary.

ACT service

Assertive community treatment is for people who experience the most severe and persistent symptoms of mental illness. That is, people who have frequent episodes of very severe symptoms that are difficult to manage or symptoms that never go away. Because of the severe nature of these symptoms, these individuals also have a lot of trouble simply taking care of their basic needs, protecting themselves, keeping safe and adequate housing, or staying employed. People who receive assertive community treatment services often have spent a lot of time in hospitals or living on the streets because of their illness. They also are often people who have a problem with drugs or alcohol or who have been in trouble with the police because of their illness. 
An assertive community treatment team is a group of 10 to 12 practitioners who work as a team. Teams consist of psychiatrists, nurses, mental health professionals, employment specialists, and substance abuse specialists. Teams may also include a person with a mental illness or a family member of a person with a mental illness