Family Based Services
Family Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS) are provided to eligible families with
children and/or adolescents under the age of 21 with a serious mental illness or
emotional disturbance who are at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home
placement. Related objectives are to strengthen and maintain families by means of
therapeutic intervention, improve coping skills, teach family members to care for the
child or adolescent, and serve as an advocate for the child or adolescent. Families will
be given a Bill of Rights and Complaint and Grievance Forms upon initial intake.
Family Based Mental Health Services provide access to mental health services primarily
in the home of the child or adolescent. FBMHS also provides services to the child and
family 30 days prior to the youth transitioning from a Residential Treatment Facility
(RTF) or Community Residential Rehabilitation Services (CRR) to ensure an appropriate
transition back to the home setting. The goal of FBMHS is to reduce/prevent inpatient
hospitalizations and higher levels of care by providing a range of intensive services to
assist the family to better manage problems.
Treatment Services may include the following: individual therapy, structural family
therapy, sensitivity training, play therapy, recreational therapy, cognitive techniques,
parenting skills, assertiveness training, reality therapy, modeling, behavior
modification, and coping skills.
Service Provider must have a written agreement with other child serving agencies and
frequently used community contacts to ensure a cooperative effort in serving consumer
families and to facilitate continuity of care.
Upon admission and prior to discharge, an interagency meeting will be held to ensure
child/parent/guardians are linked to community supports to support the family.
All children and adolescents receiving Family Based Mental Health Services must have
an individualized crisis plan.
Family Support Services (FSS) must be considered for each child/adolescent and their
family. Usage of FSS should reflect the goals outlined in the treatment plan.