Extended Assessment

Central’s Extended Assessment Program is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment for children and adolescents who are thought to be in need of in-home services. The goals of the program are to provide immediate stabilization and to determine the most suitable service for the child being evaluated. Services are provided in the child’s home, school and/or community, as needed. Case Management services are available to assist the family and school staff in identifying some family and community supports and resources which may be available to help out the child and family. A Functional Behavioral Assessment may be completed to identify and understand a child’s behaviors and concerns. In order to complete the Extended Assessment process, the child or adolescent will have a psychological or psychiatric evaluation. This evaluation will prescribe the necessary level of treatment.

Eligibility

A child who is under the age of 21 and who has coverage from Health Choices Magellan Behavioral Health is eligible to receive Extended Assessment Services.

Location

Family Services

Children’s Case Management

Children’s Case Management Services are provided through various levels of care which include Blended Case Management (BCM), and Administrative Case Management (ACM). These programs are designed to reduce hospitalizations and avoid out of home placements for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse problems. They promote family integration by providing assistance in coordinating appropriate mental health services and facilitating communication among treatment members. In addition, when a child or adolescent is enrolled in Blended Case Management services, he/she is assigned to a specific case manager.

Services

Children’s Case Management Services partner with the client and his/her family to coordinate, facilitate, or provide:

  • Family/Community Supports – Income Supports & Entitlements
  • Mental Health Treatment – Socialization/Peer Supports
  • Advocacy – Information & Referrals
  • Crisis Intervention – Physical Healthcare
  • Addressing Housing Needs – 24/7 On Call (Blended only)
Eligibility

Any Montgomery County resident under 21year old and still enrolled in school, living in Central Montgomery County and surrounding communities (Norristown, Conshohocken, Bridgeport, Lafayette Hill, King of Prussia) and being treated for emotional and/or behavioral problems is eligible for this service. Typically, eligible children and adolescents have many systems (Office of Children and Youth (OCY), Juvenile Probation Office (JPO), Special Education programs, Developmentally Disabled) involved and are prone to crisis.

Funding

There is no cost to the individual receiving Case Management Services; these programs are funded through federal, state, and county resources. If you have a child or adolescent you would like to refer to our Children’s Case Management program, please call our Child & Young Adult Services office. All calls are confidential.

Location

Child & Young Adult Services

Transition to Independence Process (TIP)

Life is a journey, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you are between the ages of 16 to 26, Central’s TIP Program can help navigate the road towards independence. TIP is an empirically supported model developed to work with young people experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.  TIP works to engage and support young people with the planning process for their future across five transition domains; Educational Opportunities, Living Situation, Employment and Career, Community Life Functioning, and Personal Effectiveness and Wellbeing. 

TIP provides a great deal of flexibility and works to engage young people through relationship development, person-centered planning, and a focus on the young person’s future.  Services and supports are tailored to be accessible, appealing, non-stigmatizing, and developmentally appropriate, and will build upon strengths to support the young people in pursuing their goals across the five transition domains.  Personal choice and social responsibility are acknowledged and developed, and personal competencies will be enhanced to support the young people in greater self-sufficiency and confidence.  TIP will work to ensure that a safety net of support to include informal and formal key players in the young person’s life will be in place.  TIP will maintain an outcome focus and will involve young people, parents, and community partners at the practice, program, and community levels.  TIP provides frequent contact with the youth, typically weekly.

More information can be found at www.TipStars.org.

Eligibility

Adolescents and young adults ages 16-26 with emotional and/or behavioral health needs, who have a mental health disorder and medical assistance will be eligible. 

Anyone can make a referral on behalf of the young person utilizing the TIP Referral Form.  It is encouraged that the referral be discussed with the young person to ensure that they are interested in exploring TIP services.

TIP works collaboratively with all other key players involved in the young person’s life.  Certain services, including Case Management (Recovery Coaching, BCM, D&A ICM), High Fidelity Wraparound, RTF, Therapeutic Foster Care, Family Based Services, ACT, and MST are considered a duplication of services with TIP.  However, each young person’s needs will be evaluated, and exceptions may be made based on those needs.

Referral

Contact Central to get set up with a TIP facilitator at our Child & Young Adult Services office.

Location

Child & Young Adult Services

Outpatient Program

Feeling sad or depressed? Do you find yourself worrying about the future or feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Going through a major life transition? Our team of therapists can provide the assistance that you need during this difficult time.

Central’s Outpatient Program offers mental health and co-occurring services to adults, children and families who live primarily in the eastern and central Montgomery County area. Services include a comprehensive intake evaluation, integrated mental health and co-occurring treatment, crisis and emergency intervention, psychiatric evaluations and pharmacological management. Treatment modalities include individual, couples, family and group therapy, as well as, medication management. We also have an Administrative Case Manager on site to offer individuals additional assistance with locating resources, completing forms and applications, and presenting additional referrals based on the specific need addressed. Treatment is provided on a voluntary basis and utilizes a strengths based approach to address all issues.

Our therapists and counselors use various evidence based treatment approaches including cognitive-behavioral techniques, brief psychotherapy, and behavior modification. Medication, if needed, is prescribed by a psychiatrist who generally sees clients on a monthly basis. We also offer “open access” therapy times where a therapist or counselor is available for individuals on a “walk in” basis. Once in treatment, an integrated strengths based treatment plan is formed by the therapist and client to specifically address each person’s unique needs and goals.

Program Objectives
  • To assist people with less severe behavioral health and co-occurring concerns return to their normal level of functioning.
  • To help people in crisis return to more stabilized functioning.
  • To assist individuals improve coping strategies and management of life transitions and stressors.
  • To improve individuals level of functioning and overall quality of life.
  • To assist persons with mental health and co-occurring issues strengthen their resources so that they may remain in the community.
Location

Outpatient & Intake Services

Abington Area Services