Three sites will offer In-Home Therapy, Therapeutic Mentoring and Community Support Programs

In May 2009 Arbour-Fuller Hospital, Arbour Counseling Services, Allston and Lowell Treatment Center were awarded contracts for home-based services as part of the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).

Arbour Counseling Services, Allston was selected to be a provider in the Boston and Metro regions for the provision of Therapeutic Mentoring and In-Home Therapy, and Lowell Treatment Center will be providing Therapeutic Mentoring and In-Home Therapy services in the Northeast Region. Arbour-Fuller was selected to participate in the MBHP Network for the Southeast Region.

The CBHI places the family and child at the center of the service delivery system and new services are being developed statewide to build an integrated system of behavioral health care. Therapeutic Mentoring Services began October 1, 2009 while In-Home Therapy Services began being offered November 1, 2009.

Therapeutic Mentoring Services are provided to youth in any setting where the youth resides such as home, foster homes, school, child care settings, and respite. It offers structured one-to-one, strengths-based support services between a therapeutic mentor and a youth for the purpose of addressing daily living, social and communication needs. These services help to ensure the youth’s success in navigating various social contexts, learning new skills and making functional progress, while the Therapeutic Mentor offers supervision for the interactions and coaches the youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving.

On the first of November, Arbour-Fuller, Lowell Treatment Center and Arbour Counseling Services, Allston started In-Home Therapy.

In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strengths-based therapeutic relationship between a licensed clinician and the youth and family for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs, including improving the family’s capacity to provide effective support for the youth to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family.

In addition to these two services. ACS, Allston and Lowell Treatment Center will continue to offer Community Support programs (CSP) and Family Stabilization Team services to certain commercial insurances. These programs assist clients of all ages who are considered to be at risk within the community.

The CSP program provides a longer-term case management service that encompasses the client’s entire health profile, in order to reduce the number of hospitalizations and length of time needed for stabilization.