Mental Health Skill-Building Services

We offer home and community-based mental health services for people at least 16 years old with significant psychiatric functional limitations. Mental Health Skill-building Services are intended to enable people to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.

MENTAL HEALTH SKILL-BUILDING SERVICES (MHSS)

We offer home- and community-based services for people at least 16 years old with significant psychiatric functional limitations. MHSSs are intended to enable people to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.

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What is the Mental Health Skill-Building Service? The MHSS is goal-directed training to enable adult individuals with significant psychiatric functional limitations to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. MHSS is not therapy.

How often do we meet with clients? We provide services for between 1 and 15 hours per week over a period of six months. Services may be reauthorized for additional three-month periods.

Where do we meet with clients? Our staff of qualified and licensed mental health professionals provide services in clients’ homes or can meet with clients at mutually agreed-upon locations.

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MHSS Service Eligibility – Clients must meet these criteria to be considered for service:

1) Is at least 16 years old*

2) Has a primary diagnosis of a. Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, b. Major depressive disorder (recurrent), or c. Bipolar disorder I or II;

3) Requires individualized training in acquiring basic living skills

4) Has a history of any of the following: a. Psychiatric hospitalization, b. Residential crisis stabilization, c. Intensive Community Treatment (ICT), d. Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services, e. Placement in a psychiatric residential treatment facility (RTC Level C), and/or f. TDO evaluation because of decompensation related to serious mental illness; and 5) Has had a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood-stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the past 12 months.

*Person must be in or transitioning to an independent living situation if under 21 years old, and there must be a medical necessity if under 18 years old.

Meet With a Behavioral Health Specialist

A Behavioral Health Assessment involves a meeting between one of our licensed professionals and a potential client in order to assess functioning, provide diagnosis, and make recommendations for treatment. These assessments include a comprehensive clinical evaluation that is designed to establish whether an individual meets criteria for a diagnosis or is in need of mental health services. It also can help guide treatment planning and measure progress or adverse reactions to treatment. If you’re interested in scheduling a Behavioral Health Assessment with U.S. Care, get in touch with us today.

Exclusions regarding who can be served:

One or more of the following factors indicate an individual requires inpatient hospitalization and that the individual would be unmanageable in an outpatient treatment program:

1. The individual is actively suicidal and requires 24-hour supervision; or 2. The individual is assaultive and requires 24-hour supervision; or 3. The individual's cognitive functioning is severely impaired, resulting in behavioral management problems and significant potential danger to self or others; or 4. The individual is severely impulsive in self-destructive but not life-threatening ways, i.e. self-mutilation; or 5. The individual is severely impulsive in other destructive ways, i.e. destruction of property; or 6. The individual presents in a psychotic state and requires acute inpatient hospitalization and medical stabilization; or 7. The applicant is not independent in basic self-care, toileting, eating and safety and is not able to communicate basic needs; or 8. The applicant can’t self-administer medications, or a legal guardian would not be available to perform this task; or 9. Persons with tuberculosis in a communicable form, persons in need of nursing care, and those who are bedfast will not be accepted for admission.

Accepted Methods of Payment

  • Self-Pay
  • Virginia Medicaid
  • Children’s Services Act (CSA) -Fairfax-Falls Church and Rappahannock

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Care offers MHSS for adults and adolescents 18 years or older* who meet all of the following four (4) criteria.

    Please note: We accept Virginia Medicaid insurance; the following eligibility requirements apply to those insurances only. Any person paying directly for the service can receive customized service to his or her liking and are not bound by the eligibility requirements listed below.

  1. Has a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, major depressive disorder (recurrent), or bipolar disorder I or II
  2. Requires individualized, goal-directed training in acquiring or maintaining self-regulation of basic living skills
  3. Has had a prescription for anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or anti-depressant medications within the past 12 months
  4. Has a history of any of the following:
  • Psychiatric hospitalization
  • Residential crisis stabilization
  • Intensive Community Treatment (ICT)
  • Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services
  • Placement in a psychiatric residential treatment facility (RTC Level C)
  • TDO evaluation as a result of decompensation related to serious mental illness

*Person must be in or transitioning to an independent living situation if under 21 years old.

General Questions

For general questions, please fill out the “Contact Us Today” information below or call us at 888-978-3801 and press 0.