Outpatient services encompasses a range of services including short-term and long-term treatments that vary with the diagnosis and severity of illness, as well as the coping skills and support systems available to the consumer.
a. Mental Health Treatment - All treatments are guided by the use of recovery based approaches and supports. This approach includes implementation of the most promising approaches for members who are diagnosed with a behavioral health illness. A client’s potential for growth and recovery is emphasized. Intervention strategies attempt to improve a client’s quality of life as well as alleviate their symptoms. The goals of the client should always drive the treatment plan.
A comprehensive assessment (either psychiatric evaluation, psychological evaluation or diagnostic evaluation) is completed during the initial appointment. The assessment should be strengths-based and recovery focused. The assessment should include presenting problem, developmental, family, legal, medical, military, social, vocational, educational, substance use/abuse, and psychiatric history. It should also include mental status. The evaluation should conclude with a review of treatment objectives, a discharge plan, anticipated length of treatment, options for linkage with community resources including peer support and/or family support and education and evidence of a complete MISA screening.
b. Medication Management - Psychopharmacology is a common adjunctive treatment to outpatient counseling. Medication management services are available for both psychiatrists and nurse practitioners. These professionals will collaborate with a client and his/her therapist to develop an effective medication treatment regimen to assist the client with symptom management and pharmacotherapy.
c. Substance Abuse Treatment -