This program, for both adults and children experiencing severe
emotional disturbances, provides comprehensive, community- based
services such as assessment, monitoring, advocacy, supportive counseling
and coordination with other services. The program is designed to
maximize the community functioning level of the persons who have a
serious mental illness, while promoting an environment that encourages
To be eligible for these services the person must be in need of
assistance in order to properly access community services, benefits and
so forth. Eligibility is based upon functional assessment and/or
upon assessed risk for psychiatric hospitalization in a state facility.
Consumers for some programs must meet criteria for targeted case
management services based on qualifying DSM-IV diagnosis. Services are
available to adults and children.
The hospital liaison assists with the involuntary commitment process
by working to secure less restrictive alternatives to hospitalization
and by locating the most appropriate inpatient setting, when necessary.
The hospital liaison also assists persons who are hospitalized through
the involuntary commitment process to return to their home community as
soon as possible.
Behavioral Health Court
Intensive case management services and intensive treatment services
are court ordered for the individual and provided as a diversion from incarceration.
This program serves
persons who have a serious mental illness and who are convicted of a
non-violent crime. This program offers treatment and support as a
rational, productive and less expensive alternative to needless
incarceration. This service began as a pilot project for the State
of West Virginia and is provided in close cooperation with the local
courts and probation office.
Community Focus Treatment
This program is designed to provide both therapeutic and skill
acquisition programming to area residents who have a serious mental