Behavioral health counseling and therapy service means interaction with a person served in which the focus is on treatment of the person's mental illness or emotional disturbance. The interaction may also be with the family members and/or parent, guardian and significant other when the intended outcome is improved functioning and when such interventions are part of the mutually defined goals developed in the Individual Service Plan.
Behavioral health counseling and therapy service shall consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions; Behavioral health counseling and therapy service shall be provided by qualified and appropriately licensed staff. Behavioral health counseling and therapy service may be provided in the agency or in the natural environment of the person served, and regardless of the location shall be provided in such a way as to ensure privacy.
Mental health assessment is a clinical evaluation provided by an eligible individual either at specified times or in response to treatment, or when significant changes occur. It is a process of gathering information to assess client needs and functioning in order to determine appropriate service/treatment based on identification of the presenting problem, evaluation of mental status, and formulation of a diagnostic impression. The outcome of mental health assessment is to determine the need for care, and recommend appropriate services/treatment and/or the need for further assessment. Results of the mental health assessment shall be shared with the client.
Pharmacologic management service is a psychiatric/mental health/medical intervention used to reduce/stabilize and/or eliminate psychiatric symptoms with the goal of improved functioning, including management and reduction of symptoms. Pharmacologic management services should result in well-informed/educated individuals and family members and in decreased/minimized symptoms and improved/maintained functioning for individuals receiving the service.