Who May Benefit

From Mental Health Skill Building Services?

Individuals must demonstrate a clinical need for this service, which arises from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness and results in significant impairments to major life activities. 

Individuals must demonstrate a clinical need for this service, which arises from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness and results in significant impairments to major life activities. 

To be eligible for services, the individual must:

  • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM

  • Major Depressive Disorder – Recurrent

  • Bipolar I or Bipolar II

  • Any other Axis I mental health disorder that a physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year to include all of the following: (i) that is a serious mental illness; (ii) that results in severe and recurrent disability; (iii) that produces functional limitations in the individual’s major life activities that are documented in the individual’s medical record, AND; (iv) that the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent living in the community.

  • Require individualized training to acquire basic living skills, which could include symptom management, adherence to medication regimen, development and appropriate use of social skills and personal support system, personal hygiene, food preparation, or money management;

  • Have a prior history including psychiatric hospitalization, residential crisis stabilization, Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), placement in a psychiatric residential facility or Temporary Detention Order pursuant to the Code of Virginia §37.2-809(B) evaluation as a result of decompensation related to serious mental illness. This criterion shall be met in order to be initially admitted to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service

  • Have had  a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to assessment. If a physician or other practitioner who is authorized by his license to prescribe medications indicates that anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications are medically contraindicated for the individual, the provider shall obtain medical records signed by the physician or other licensed prescriber detailing the contraindication. This criterion shall be met in order to be initially admitted to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service

Individuals under 21 must meet the following criteria:

Individuals younger than 21 years of age shall meet all of the above criteria in order to be eligible to receive mental health skill-building services and the following: The individual shall be in an independent living situation or actively transitioning into an independent living situation. (If the individual is transitioning into an independent living situation, Services shall only be authorized for up to six months prior to the date of transition). Independent living situation means a situation in which an individual, younger than 21 years of age, is not living with a parent or guardian or in a supervised setting and is providing his own financial support. Individuals eligible for this service may have a dual diagnosis of either mental illness and developmental disability or mental illness and substance abuse disorder. If an individual has co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, integrated treatment for both.

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