Mental Health Assessment (Diagnostic Assessment)

Mental health assessment (Diagnostic Assessment) is a clinical evaluation provided by a qualified licensed professional counselor at the onset if services, in response to treatment interventions, or when significant changes occur. It is a process of gathering information to assess a child/adolescent’s strengths and needs.  The purpose of a mental health assessment (Diagnostic Assessment) is to determine the need for care, and recommend interventions, treatment, and any referrals as appropriate for additional services.


Counseling services are therapeutic interventions based on the identified needs of the person served provided by a appropriately licensed professional in which the focus is on treatment of the person’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. When the person served is a child or adolescent, the interaction may also be with the family members and/or parent, guardian and significant others. The overall goal of counseling services is the improved functioning of the child or adolescent. Behavioral health counseling and therapy service shall consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work toward the attainment of mutually defined goals as identified. Counseling services may be provided at the agency or in the natural environment of the person served (home or school), and regardless of the location shall be provided in such a way as to ensure privacy.

Pharmacological Management (Psychiatry)

Pharmacologic management (psychiatry) service is a psychiatric/mental health/medical intervention provided by appropriately licensed medical  professionals, used to reduce/stabilize and/or eliminate psychiatric symptoms with the goal of improved functioning, including management and reduction of symptoms.   Pharmacologic management (psychiatry) services should result in well-informed children, adolescents, and family members  who are educated on the prescription, administration, monitoring, and supervision of mediation as appropriate.  This includes: medications being prescribed and their actions, effects, and side effects so that the child, adolescent and family can fully participate in decisions concerning its use.  Pharmacological management (psychiatry) also provides ongoing follow-up as needed to assure ongoing compliance with medications being prescribed their administration.

Community Psychiatric Support Treatment (CPST) Case Management

CPST service is a rehabilitative service intended to maximize the reduction of symptoms in order to restore the individual’s functioning to the highest level possible. CPST supports the child or adolescent’s ability to take responsibility for managing their mental health needs.  CPST service shall be provided and supervised by professional staff whom are qualified.

CPST is comprised of individualized mental health activities which are delivered in a variety of locations based upon the natural environment(s) of the individual, i.e., home and community locations.  CPST is not a site-specific service nor shall it be used to create a site-specific program, but rather these activities shall be specific to the identified mental health needs of the individual.  CPST services may also be provided to the service recipient’s parents, guardians, families, and/or significant others, when appropriate, and when provided for the exclusive benefit of the service recipient.

Additional Services

Outpatient counseling, including individual and family therapy. Therapeutic groups for children and adolescents (e.g., anger, divorce, sexual abuse, self-esteem, and social skills development). Psychiatric services, including pharmacological management. In-Home family preservation counseling and case management. Case management services for children/youth with mental health diagnoses that includes linking families to resources and to advocate for children’s needs in the community. Intensive case management in family’s homes for children at risk for removal from the home. Consultation to public schools and on-site screening services to students.  In school counseling, individual and groups. Early childhood Services, including consultation to childcare centers and interventions for parents and their pre-school children. In-Home Early Childhood mental health counseling and case management. Residential step-down services that focus on returning children from residential facilities to the community. Psychological testing, including intellectual, achievement and personality evaluations. Parenting services.