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Drug & Alcohol Services
Service Definitions
Eligibility Criteria
  • A resident of Berks County
  • The person's family monthly gross income must not exceed 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines
These service definitions must be used for Drug and Alcohol Services funded through the HSDF.
1. Assistance Programs provides intervention services to individuals within an organization whose personal, academic, work or other performance has deteriorated as a result of their drug and/or alcohol use. This includes Employee Assistance Programs and assessment and group intervention services within the Student Assistance Programs.
2. Care Management is the organized system of coordinated activities developed and administered by the SCA to ensure client continuity of service, efficient and effective utilization of available resources, and appropriateness of service to meet the needs of the client. Activities include screening, assessment, placement, authorization, continued stay/concurrent review, utilization review, determination of financial eligibility and eligibility for treatment services.
3. Case Management is to facilitate access to the various segments of the service delivery system in order to ensure that a client's need for services and care are met in a comprehensive fashion. This is accomplished by coordinating an array of loosely coupled services and activities provided by different agencies and may include linkages with other social services, housing, and medical assistance. Case mangement is a collaborative process which involves engagement, evaluation of a client's strengths and needs, service planning and goal setting, linking, implementing, monitoring, advocacy and coaching.
4. Inpatient Hospital is the provision of medically managed detoxification or treatment and/or rehabilitation services, 24 hours a day, in a hospital.  The client resides in the hospital setting that shall be licensed by the Department as an acute care or general hospital, or approved by DPW as a psychiatric hospital.
5. Inpatient Non-hospital is medically monitored residential treatment in a free standing or health care environment which provides one of the following drug and alcohol services:
  • Short-term detoxification
  • Residential treatment and rehabilitation services
  • Halfway House services
6. Other Intervention Services include hotline, group discussions,evaluation and referral, and outreach. This does not include assistance programs.
7. Outpatient Services include counseling or psychotherapeutic services on a regular and predetermined schedule.  The client resides outside the facility. Approved approaches include Detoxification (Methadone), Drug Free, Maintenance, Other Chemotherapy and Experimental.
8. Intensive Outpatient provides organized non-residential treatment services utilizing structure psychotherapy and providing client stability through increased periods of staff intervention.  Services are provided according to a planned regimen consisting of regularly scheduled treatment sessions at least three days per week with a minimum greater than five hours and a maximum of ten hours per week.
9. Partial Hospitalization provides psychiatric, psychological, social and other therapies on a planned and regularly scheduled basis. The service is designed for those clients who would benefit from more intensive services than are offered in outpatient treatment projects, but who do not require 24 hour inpatient care.  Services consist of regularly scheduled treatment sessions at least three days per week with a minimum of ten or more hours per week.  Approved approaches include Drug Free, Other Chemotherapy and Experimental.
10. Transitional Living provides shelter and/or housing to a client when the inability to secure appropriate shelter or housing will have a negative impact on the client's treatment outcome and their recovery.  This can include admission into a Transitional Living Facility licensed by the Department of Health.  This provides a semi-protected home-like environment to assist a client in his gradual re-entry into the community. No formal treatment takes place at the facility and is a live-in/work-out situation involving short-term housing.
Non-Allowable Cost Centers
  • Administration
  • Alcohol Highway Safety
  • Correctional
  • Evaluation
  • Occupational
  • Research
  • Support Services
  • Training