Below is a list of Mental Health services available to eligible Forest and Warren county residents and whether those services are provided by Forest Warren Human Services or by private providers. More detailed descriptions of these services are available below this table.


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE FOREST WARREN COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

Forest Warren
Human Services

Private Provider

Individual Counseling

-

X

Group and Family Counseling

         -

        X

Psychiatric Evaluations

-

X

Psychological Evaluation

-

X

Medication Prescription, Administration
and Management

-

X

Emergency Services

X

-

Adult Partial Hospitalization

-

-

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization

-

X

Administrative Case Management

X

-

Resource Coordination Case Management

-

X

Intensive Case Management

-

X

Family Based Mental Health

-

X

CASSP

X

-

Information/Referral/Consultation

X

-

Community Residential Rehabilitation Services

-

X

Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services

-

X

Consumer Drop In Center

-

X

Social Rehabilitation

-

X

Supported Living Program

-

X

Sheltered Employment

-

X

Supported Employment

-

X

Social Security Representative Payee Services

-

X

In-Patient Psychiatric Services

-

X

Residential Treatment Facilities

-

X

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES

Activities and services provided by the Administrator's Office of the County MH/MR Program. The activities include:

 

1.     The general administrative, programmatic, and fiscal responsibility for the county MH/ID/ATOD/C&Y programs;

2.     Development of planning documents addressing the county program needs, local planning efforts, and other information pertinent to planning for and providing a more adequate service delivery system;

3.     Research projects, the evaluation of program effectiveness, the analysis of programmatic needs of specific target groups, and the determination of the availability of services to the general public of the catchment area;

4.     Continuing relationships with the county MH/MR/ATOD board, regional and central offices, contracted service providers, and family and consumer groups;

5.     The initiation of guardianship proceedings;

6.      The activities of the county MH/MR/ATOD/C&Y board and Governing board.

 

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE DROP-IN CENTER

 

The Friendship House is a consumer run drop-in center for mental health consumers.  It is located at 24 Hospital Drive in North Warren (814) 726-4354 and is utilized by both Warren State Hospital and community consumers.  The center is open five days a week with the exception of major holidays.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The Friendship House provides adults with mental illness an array of opportunities for recreation, socialization, empowerment, advocacy, referrals to needed community services and supports, peer support, skill development, self-help, and educational activities.  The Friendship House hosts the Forest/Warren Community Support Program meetings held twice a month and coordinates monthly joint activities with the other area drop-in centers and consumers from Warren State Hospital.  The Friendship House also hosts the monthly L-HOT meetings (Local Housing Options Team).  The Friendship House operates a donated men and women's clothing resource room and serves lunches every Wednesday.  Drop-in center staff persons participate in the Drop-In Center Coalition meetings.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  These activities are open to all interested participants residing in the community.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There are no accrued fees to the consumers.  Funding is generated from (4) sources:  Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Eight County CHIPP's Consortium, Erie County MH, and Forest Warren base dollars.  Monies are distributed towards Wages and Salaries, Employee Benefits, Housekeeping and Maintenance, Communications, Office Supplies, Food/Nutrition, Staff Travel, Library and Membership Fees, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Capital Expenses, and General Operating Expenses.

 

SOCIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM

 

The Social Rehab Program currently serves approximately 100 consumers in Warren and Forest county.  The Social Rehab Program in Warren county is run in conjunction with the Friendship House Drop-In Center on the Warren State Hospital grounds.  Staffing consists of 2 TAA positions.  The Forest county Social Rehab Program is run in the Human Services building.  Staffing consists of 1 TAA and 1 case manager.  Hours of work are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  All Social Rehab staff are bound by confidentiality and mandated to report any evidence of abuse.  All documentation is to be accurately described, objective and true.  The Social Rehab Program is an adult group program for individuals with a mental health diagnosis.  A monthly calendar includes activities and events chosen by the consumers.  Individuals may participate on some or all of the days.  The primary focus is to assist individuals to become more integrated members of the community by fostering acceptable social skills and individual independence.  Daily programming includes but is not limited to:

 

    1.  "Wellness Groups" that address emotional and physical concerns

    2.  Relapse Recovery planning and medication management

    3.  Healthy lifestyles and good nutrition

    4.  Safe sexual practices

    5.  Self esteem

    6.  Anger management

    7.  Cooking skills

    8.  Table manners

    9.  Budget management

  10.  Open discussion groups

  11.  Consumer satisfaction

 

Activities include but are not limited to:

 

    1.  Grocery shopping

    2.  Bowling, games, movies

    3.  Bingo and lunch

    4.  Picnics and outings

    5.  Arts and crafts

    6.  Volunteering

    7.  Special Olympics

    8.  Dances and parties

   

The CSP meets at the Friendship House on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  Individuals also participate in the Western Region CSP meetings.  Individuals residing in the PCBH's are transported to and from the program in a county van.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Social Rehabilitation services are voluntary and referred individuals must agree to participate.  Individuals may be referred by Forest/Warren counties as well as other community agencies and hospitals via a mental health referral form.  Individuals must be open with the county.   Individuals new to the county system must have a completed Intake, current liability, authorization of service, and other appropriate records pertinent to the Social Rehab Program.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Various consumer driven fund raising projects are held to fund many activities and help offset the cost of trips and outings.

 

 

SUPPORTED LIVING PROGRAM (SLP)

 

The Supported Living Program currently serves 116 consumers in Warren County and 18 in Forest County.  Staffing consists of 1 supervisor and 3 therapeutic activity aides in Warren county, 1 case manager in Forest county and 1 half time TAA.  Hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Schedules may be adjusted to accommodate client appointments.

 

Supported Living assists individuals to maintain as independently as possible in the community utilizing CSP principals and the Recovery Model.  The services that Supported Living may provide are limitless.  Many individuals in the program need assistance with budgeting, medical appointments, medication regiment and various daily living skills.  The program is voluntary.  No one is forced to accept or retain services.  Individuals are encouraged to perform needed daily living skills such as the general up keep of their home or apartment, bathing and attention to personal hygiene.  Individuals lacking these skills will be taught.  Individuals lacking the motivation to perform various skills will be encouraged with prompting or with working side by side with the individual.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Individuals considered to have a need in developing, enhancing, and/or maintaining the necessary skills to be successful in their chosen living, learning, working, and/or social environments are eligible for the Supported Living services.  Supported Living services are voluntary and referred individuals must agree to participate.  Individuals may be referred by Forest/Warren counties as well as other community agencies and hospitals via a mental health referral form.  Individuals must be open with the county.  Individuals new to the county system must have a completed Intake, current liability, authorization for services, and other appropriate records pertinent to the Supported Living Program.  There are not specifically assigned caseloads in the Supportive Living Program.  All workers are to provide services to all program participants.  Any conflict of interest will be reviewed by the program supervisor.  All Supported Living staff are bound by confidentiality and mandated to report any evidence of abuse.  Documentation is to be accurate and objective.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There is no cost to the individual for these services.

 

 

INTAKE UNIT

 

Centralized Intake/Assessment:  The Intake/Assessment staff is trained in comprehensive assessment and referral, leading to ease of consumer accessibility for services, as well as better assessment and collaboration with ongoing service provision.  This staff is trained in (1) completion of Children and Youth investigation and referrals, (2) Mental Health openings, (3) Mental Retardation, (4) eligibility for service determinations and (5) initial screening and assessment of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) referrals.

 

Crisis Intervention:  The Centralized Intake Unit provides this service.  Staff are available to individuals in crisis for walk-in, phone-in or mobile crisis appointments.  Intake Unit staff are available for these appointments from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Other hours are covered by the Emergency Service system.

 

Emergency Services:  Forest Warren Human Services offers Emergency Services through the Centralized Intake Unit.  The Emergency Services system operates 24 hours per day seven days per week.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Determinations regarding eligibility for service in the areas of (1) Children and Youth investigations, (2) Child abuse and neglect referrals, (3) Mental Health, (4) Mental Retardation and (5) ATOD are made through Community Concerns Behavioral Health (CCBH).

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Any fees assessed would be those associated with the maintenance of the Intake process.

 

CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH (CMH)

 

The Intensive Case Management and Resource Coordination programs serves Warren and Forest counties.  The goal of the Intensive Case Management and Resource Coordination is to prevent the need for a more intensive level of care by helping the client and/or the client's family gain access to services, monitor the service delivery, assist with problem resolution, and link to community resources.

 

The Intensive Case Management and Resource Coordination programs are designed to provide clients with seamless service delivery and service coordination.  The Intensive Case Management (ICM) or the Resource Coordination (RC) staff work with the clients to ensure that the client receives the most appropriate care he or she needs.  Through collaborative relationships with service providers, the client and his or her family, the ICM or RC staff will assist the client to gain access to services and community resources, to remain in the lowest level of care he or she needs, and to achieve stability in the community.

 

Services provided are individualized service plans, home visits, assistance with obtaining and maintaining basic living needs and skills (such as housing, food, medical care, education, employment), 24 hour access to on-call system (ICM only), connection with community resources and natural supports, assistance arranging transportation to and from appointments, and connection and coordination with other community agencies.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  The program serves children in Warren and Forest counties who have a DSM-IV diagnosis in Axis I; are involved with multiple levels of service that may include mental health, special education or probation; and may be at risk of needing a higher level of care.  Referrals can be made either through the Intake office or directly by calling the CMH supervisor.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There is on client cost for this program.  Payment is received from Community Care Behavioral Health (if MA eligible) or from the County Mental Health budget for those who are not MA eligible.

 

 

 

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH CASE MANAGEMENT

 

The assigned case manager provides a voluntary, community based service that assists, supports, encourages, and advocates for persons receiving mental health treatment in the areas of health/wellness, finances/budgeting, housing, legal activities, social needs, employment, transportation, and entitlements/benefits.  These services are guided by Pennsylvania State Department of Welfare Regulations; and Community Support Program and Psychiatric Recovery Principles. 

 

There are two levels of service available:

 

Intensive Case Management:  The assigned case manager or "ICM worker" meets with the person receiving services a minimum of once every two weeks.  The person, with assistance from the case manager, develops and implements a "service plan" which identifies his/her personal strengths, individual needs and goals that he/she wants to work on relative to living successfully in the greater community.  The ICM program operates on a 24/7 basis with a worker or supervisor always available by phone.

 

Resource Coordination:  The assigned case manager meets with the person receiving services a minimum of once every thirty days.  A "service plan" is developed and goals are identified to enhance the person's functioning in the greater community.  The RC worker or supervisor is available by phone during regular agency business hours.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Intensive Case Management:  A DSM IV diagnosis of Schizophrenia or a major mood disorder, a Global Assessment of Functioning (DSM-IV) score of 40 or less and a "Treatment History" that denotes a chronic difficulty functioning in the community because of a severe and persistent mental illness.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Resource Coordination:  A DSM-IV diagnosis, a Global Assessment of Functioning (DSM-IV) score of 60 or less and a "Treatment History" that denotes the need for assistance in accessing community resources because of a serious mental illness.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Medical Assistance and/or the County Mental Health Budget.  No cost to the client.

 

 

 

OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

 

Treatment oriented services provided to a client who is not admitted to a hospital, institution, or community mental health facility for twenty four hour  a day service.  These services may be provided to an individual or his/her family and may include services prior to or after inpatient or institutional care has been provided.  As part of a client's designated treatment plan, these services are purchased through a contract with Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.  The activities include:

 

Psychiatric services, including evaluation, medication clinic visit, and medical treatment required as part of the treatment of the psychiatric service.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Any resident of Forest and Warren counties are eligible to receive mental health treatment.  Any person wanting to receive treatment would call the Intake Unit for their county and would follow the directions given by the Intake caseworker.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  The fee for mental health treatment would depend on consumers individual insurance plan.  No resident of Forest and Warren counties will be denied mental health services because of inability to pay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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