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Mental Health Skill Building
Mental health skill-building services are goal directed trainings to enable individuals to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. At L&G Support Services, LLC, our experienced Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP-A) and/or Qualified Paraprofessionals in Mental Health (QPPMH) are prepared to provide skills training to individuals with Mental Health diagnosis.
L&G Support Services, LLC recognizes that each individual is unique and has different diagnosis presenting various traits. Because of this, our diversely trained staff is able to implement the necessary skills building technique to support each individual’s needs.
Individuals qualifying for MHSS must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities.
Individuals age 21 and over shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive MHSS:
- The individual shall have one of the following as a primary mental health diagnosis:
- Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM,
- Major Depressive Disorder;
- Recurrent Bipolar I or Bipolar II;
- Any other serious mental health disorder that a physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year that includes all of the following:
- is a serious mental illness;
- results in severe and recurrent disability;
- produces functional limitations in the individual’s major life activities that are documented in the individual’s medical record, AND;
- the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent living in the community.
- The individual shall require individualized goal directed training in order to acquire or maintain self-regulation of basic living skills such, as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and physical health medication treatment plans; appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; skills to manage personal hygiene, food preparation, and the maintenance of personal adequate nutrition; money management; and use of community resources.
- The individual shall have a prior history of any of the following:
- psychiatric hospitalization;
- either residential or non-residential crisis stabilization,
- ICT or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services;
- placement in a psychiatric residential treatment facility as a result of decompensation related to the individual’s serious mental illness; or
- a temporary detention order (TDO) evaluation.
- The individual shall have had a prescription for antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months. If a physician or other practitioner who is authorized by his license to prescribe medications indicates that anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications are medically contraindicated for the individual, medical records signed by the physician or other licensed prescriber detailing the contraindication.
Individuals 18-20 years shall meet all of the above medical necessity criteria listed in paragraphs (A-D) in order to be eligible to receive MHSS and the following:
E. The individual shall not be in a supervised setting.
Sample Skills Building Training Exercises:
- Personal Care
- Daily Living Skills
- Interpersonal Skills / Social Skills Building / Recreation
- Support Systems (Including Family)
- Health & Safety
- Condition Specific Education, Training and Reinforcement of Symptom Identification
- Stress Management
- Problem Solving
- Coping Skills Management
**Any individual seeking MHSS shall have Medicaid insurance and meet the criteria for services** Criteria may be obtained by contacting our office and speaking with an associate.
Teen pregnancy can have a negative impact on an adolescent’s future. Adolescent mothers are less likely to graduate from high school, are more likely to live in poverty and are at risk of domestic violence. Adolescent fathers tend to earn a livable wage and hold a steady job. In addition, children of adolescent parents are more likely to have health and cognitive disorders are more likely to be neglected or abused. Girls born to teenage parents are more likely to experience teen pregnancy themselves, and boys are born to teenage parents are more likely to serve time in prison.
The Parent Coach will work collaboratively with each teen on not only child-care techniques, but also emotional stability that may be hindering his/ her ability to become effective parents. By and large, teen parents want to do what is right for their children. Because they are teens, they need strong support networks and a comprehensive array of resources to help them parent efficiently while working toward becoming self-sufficient adults.
The assigned coach will educate teens in numerous areas such as, but not limited too:
- Self- Sufficiency
- Housing Stability
- Budgeting Skills
- Fostering Attachment between parent and child
- Healthy relationships
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Life Skills
- Informal Counseling
- Continued Education
- Applying for subsidies (WIC, Foodstamps, Medicaid, etc.,.)
- Medical Appointments
Aging is a natural process that may present challenges for some individuals and their families. Although many older adults look forward to moving from middle age into their later years, it may be difficult for others to adjust.
All adults may experience health issues and stress as they approach and pass middle age, and the support of a therapist or other mental health professional may help ease the transition. In therapy, seniors may address issues from childhood or early adulthood; current life adjustments; and issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, or family concerns, among others.
While some adults may approach their "Golden Years" eagerly, anticipating retirement, grandchildren, or simply a new phase of life, others may dread the physical and mental effects of aging. It may be difficult for some adults to face the transition to retirement, deal with new frailty or medical conditions or find enjoyable, meaningful activities if they do experience physical challenges that limit their mobility. It may also be difficult for some older adults to face mortality, especially when friends, peers, or spouses and partners that may have passed on, and they may come to experience isolation in the wake of many such deaths. Older adults may also find it challenging to attend to basic needs in the presence of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia which affect approximately one in ten Americans of retirement age.
Ageism, or discrimination based on a person's age, may also affect some older adults, and this practice may lead to or cause well-intentioned loved ones to ignore an older adult's desires or opinions.
According to a United Nations Population Survey, 37% of adults over the age of 60 reported experiencing age discrimination in the last year, and 43% were afraid of personal violence. Only 49% of these adults reported being treated with respect, which indicates that just over half of the adults surveyed had experienced instances of disrespect. Further, more than half of adults over the age of 60 found it difficult to pay for basic services, 66% wished they had an opportunity to work, and 47% worried "always" or "very often" about money.
Cognitive and Mental Health Concerns:
Older adults often experience mild mental decline as they grow older, but some adults may be affected by dementia, which can lead to significant impairment in function and may influence the development of conditions such as depression, paranoia and anxiety.
Alzheimer's, a progressive condition that also impacts memory and mental function, is the most common form of dementia and is the cause of 50 to 80% of all cases of dementia in the United States.
Statistics show that about 15% of adults over the age of 60 have a mental health condition. Mental health concerns often experienced by older adults include:
- Anxiety, which affects 6% of older adults
- Sexual dysfunction and sleep problems. The likelihood of either of these conditions increases with age.
- Depression, which occurs in approximately 7% of the older adult population and is often undiagnosed and untreated. Older adults who live in a community have been shown to experience depression at lower rates than younger adults, however.
- Behavioral concerns, such as aggression, motor over activity or wandering, and verbal outbursts. These are often caused by delirium, depression, or dementia.
- High suicide rates. Older adults experience the highest suicide rate of any age group.
- Alcohol/ Substance Abuse Rates. 2-5% of men and 1% of women over the age of 65 are dependent on drugs or alcohol, but the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that by 2020, half of all Americans between the ages of 50 and 70 will be at high risk of alcohol and marijuana dependency, compared to fewer than 9% of all Americans in 1999.
consecutive hours per day and provides education to teach individuals about mental illness,
substance abuse and appropriate medication which promotes independent living, social,
interpersonal skills and relapse prevention.
1. Difficulty establishing or maintaining normal interpersonal relationships
2. Difficulties in activities of daily living
3. Inappropriate behavior that repeated interventions, documented by mental health, social
services or judicial system, have been necessary
4. Difficulty in cognitive ability such that they cannot recognize personal danger or
significantly inappropriate behavior.
Members must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Long-term or repeated psychiatric hospitalizations
2. Difficulties in activities of daily living and interpersonal skills
3. Limited or non-existent support system
4. Unable to function in the community without intensive intervention
5. Require long-term services to be maintained in the community