Youth Community Support Services
The youth community support program provides a comprehensive evaluation for youth ages 3-18 y/o who meet qualification for this program based on mental health diagnosis and health insurance status. Using a psychosocial evaluation and assessment measures, daily living activities scale and screener tools for youth ages 13+ to rate anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide risk, the team identifies specific psychosocial factors that are affecting a child’s ability to function within his/her daily routine. The youth, family and treatment team providers develop individualized recommendations for treatment and treatment goals.
Community Support is provided by Community Support Specialists (Qualified Behavioral Health Providers in Arkansas) trained in mental health and behavioral disorders. Providers work with youth, caregivers and various agencies in the community to coordinate care and teach skills to help stabilize critical situations and improve daily functioning. Services occur primarily in the youth’s natural environments in the community setting. Frequency and duration of services is individualized based on intensity and need.
Family Support Providers are professionals with lived experience raising a youth or caring for family member with a mental health diagnosis. These providers connect with caregivers to offer peer support. They help caregivers engage with the treatment process, understand and accept the diagnosis of their child and advocate for their own needs as caregivers. This service is provided for 3-6 months and in tandem with the Community Support providers/QBHPs and other treatment team members.
Children, adolescents and their caregivers who qualify for community psychiatric rehabilitation services can participate in groups. These groups are facilitated by a mental health professional and can provide social skill-building, peer support, and information about various topics pertinent to youth mental health and parenting. Depending on clinic location, groups are offered at different times and for specific age groups and needs.
Community psychiatric rehabilitation services integrate mental and physical healthcare. Youth and their families can enroll in the Healthcare Home program to address physical health needs including routine healthcare, immunizations, nutrition and exercise, coordination with specialists for emerging or chronic healthcare problems and monitoring side effects of medications. To learn more about the program click here
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Services begin with screening for eligibility. Screenings can be scheduled by phone at 417-761-5000 in southwest Missouri, 573-777-8300 in central Missouri, 479-575-9471 in Arkansas, or through one of our Connection Centers. To find a clinic near you, click here.
Standard intake paperwork and a developmental history will be required at time of screening for eligibility. If client qualifies, same-day admission to the program may occur if youth and family are in agreement. Both the youth and their legal guardian must be present for intake. Proof of guardianship will be required guardians who are not the biological parent.