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Community and Transition Services

 

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act recognizes the essential need for services within the child’s own community. These services are designed to reduce the risk of out-of-home placement and to reduce the severity of symptoms. Community based services include, but are not limited to:

 

• case management;
• day treatment;
• in-home family treatment;
• mentoring;
• medication monitoring;
• respite care; and
• therapeutic foster care
 

  

Transitional services are available to children served through CMHTA funds and are broadly defined to include supports provided prior to admission to residential treatment, during the child’s stay in care, and following discharge from the facility. It is essential for parents to discuss transitional service needs at the earliest point possible in the placement process. Transition services include, but are not limited to:

 

•  case management;
•  assistance with costs related to family visits;
•  in-home family treatment;
•  day treatment;
•  respite care;
•  mentoring;
•  medication monitoring; and,
•  other transition-related supports required by the child, family, and residential treatment provider.

 

 

Advance planning can ensure that treatment is a successful experience for all, and that positive outcomes are sustained beyond discharge from residential care. Parents are encouraged to ask questions, make suggestions, and fully participate in all aspects of residential treatment, including transition services. The Community Mental Health Center liaison is the main point of contact in this regard.