In order to be eligible for Mental Health Skill-building Services, a client must meet all of the following:
Have a need for individualized training in acquiring basic living skills such as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and medication treatment plans; development and appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; personal hygiene; food preparation; or money management;
Have a qualifying mental health diagnosis (psychotic disorder, major depressiive disorder-recurrent, or bipolar disorder I or II). If an individual has another disorder (such as, but not limited to PTSD and anxiety disorders) they may meet eligibility requirements if a pysician determines it is a significant mental illness that results in severe and recurrent disability that produces functional limitations in major life activities, and the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent living in the community (this must be documented by a physician);
Have a prior history of qualifying mental health treatment (psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment, residential crisis stabilization, PACT or ICT services, RTC-Level C placement, or TDO evaluation by a CSB/BHA due to mental health decompensation). This bullet must be met in order to be initially admitted to services, however not for subsequent authorizations;
Have had a prescription for an anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or anti-depressant medication within the twelve months prior to the assessment date unless a physician documents that such medication is medically contraindicated. This bullet must be met in order to be initially admitted to services, however not for subsequent authorizations; and
If an individual is under the age of 21, they must be in an independent living situation or transferring into one within six months.