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Office of Mental Health

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Treatment Services

Clinic treatment programs offer traditional outpatient mental health services such as assessment, individual, family, and group therapies and medication management. Treatment is offered from a variety of sites including schools, community offices and other locations.

Day treatment program provides services designed to stabilize children's adjustment to educational settings, to prepare children to return to educational settings, and to transition children to educational settings. Day treatment services for children and adolescent provide intensive, non-residential services. The programs are characterized by a blend of mental health and special education services provided in a fully integrated program. Typically, these programs include special education in small classes with an emphasis on individualized instruction, individual and group counseling, family services such as family counseling, crisis intervention, interpersonal skill development, and behavior modification. Children and adolescents receiving day treatment services live at home or in the community but are identified by their school district as seriously emotionally disturbed and cannot be maintained in regular classrooms.

Residential Treatment Facilities are designed to provide individualized, active mental health treatment to children and adolescents with a severe emotional disturbance within an intensively staffed residential setting. Residential Treatment Facilities are less restrictive and less intensively staffed than hospital-based programs, but more intensively staffed and provide a wider range of services than community residences. The objective of the program is to help a child improve his or her daily functioning, develop coping skills, support the family and to ensure appropriate community linkages and supports to ensure successful transition to the community. Residential Treatment Facilities serve an average of 760 children per year between the ages of five and 21 years.

Inpatient services are hospital-based programs that offer a full range of treatment and support services, client education, and skill acquisition in an intensively supervised, structured setting. Programs exist in general hospitals (Article 28), freestanding psychiatric hospitals (Article 31) and State Children's Psychiatric Centers.