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Mental Health 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 Mental Health Services funded through the HSDF.
1. Adult Developmental Training is community-based programs designed to facilitate the acquisition of prevocational, behavioral activities of daily living, and independent development, physical development, and working skills development.  Services are provided in facilities licensed under Adult Day Care Centers.
2. Community Employment and Employment Related Services is employment in a community setting or employment-related programs which may combine vocational evaluation, vocational training and employment in a non-specialized setting such as a business or industry or other work sites within the community. Included are competitive employment, supported/supportive employment, and industry integrated vocational programs such as work stations in industry, transitional training, mobile work forces, enclaves, affirmative industries/business, and placement and follow-up services.  Client wages may not be included.
3. Community Residential Services refers to the care, treatment, rehabilitation, habilitation, and social and personal development services provided to persons in a community based residential program which is licensed or specifically Department approved community residential agency or home. Services are intended for persons capable of benefiting from social and personal development services away from their own homes or family, or for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance who cannot be maintained in their own home. Services include, but are not limited to:
  • Community residential rehabilitation services
  • Community residential facilities
  • Family living homes and host homes
4. Community Services include the cost of programs and activities made available by any staff member to community or human service agencies, professional personnel, and the general public concerning mental illness or mental retardation, in order to increase general awareness or knowledge about these disabilities or to prevent them, are included. Prevention, consultation and education services are also included:         
  • Advice and expertise given to professionals concerning mental health or mental retardation by a staff member in order to extend knowledge concerning these disabilities to other parties
  • Educational information given to the general public or other community agencies concerning the services available from the county program
  • Activities and programs developed to reduce the incidence of mental illness or mental retardation, such as community awareness or programs to prevent mental disability or to reduce the incidence or severity of it
  • Activities designed to help the general public accept individuals with mental disabilities as they re-enter the community and to increase the public's responsiveness to the needs of these people
  • Activities designed to develop community resources to meet the needs of the mentally disabled
5. Facility Based Vocational Rehabilition Services is designed to provide remunerative development and vocational training within a community-based, specialized facility (sheltered workshop) using work as the primary modality.  Sheltered workshop programs include vocational evaluation, personal work adjustment training, work activity training, and regular work training and are provided in licensed facilities. Client wages may not be included.
6. Family Support Services refers to supportive services designed to enable persons with mental illness or mental retardation, children and adolescents with or at risk of serious emotional disturbance, and their families, to be maintained at home with minimal stress or disruption to the family unit, and supports which enable the person to live independently in the community
7. Intensive Case Management Services provide assistance to persons with serious and persistent mental illness and children at risk of serious mental illness in a variety of ways to gain access to needed resources such as medical, social, educational, and other services through natural supports, generic community resources and specialized mental health treatment, rehabilitation and support services. This service is expected to achieve specific outcomes of independence of living, vocation/educational participation, adequate social supports and reduced hospitalization.  The activites include:
  • Assessment and understanding of the consumer's history and present life situation;
  • Service planning, based on the consumer's strengths and desires, to include any activities necessary to enable the consumer to live as an integral part of the community;
  • Aggressive and creative attempts to help the consumer gain access to resources and required services identified in the treatment or service plan;
  • Monitoring of service delivery;
  • Problem resolution, to include direct, active efforts in advocacy to assist the consumer in gaining access to needed services and entitlements;
  • Informal support network building