If I have private insurance for my child, do we still have to apply for medical assistance to receive BHRS or FBMHS?
Yes. BHR & FBMH services are programs designed and implemented under state DPW guidelines. Initial evaluations are covered by most private insurance companies. Please contact your insurance company for coverage detail.
Can I choose which services I want for my child? Your input is an integral part of the best practice evaluation, however all services must be deemed as medically necessary by a Psychologist and/or a Psychiatrist. An ISPT meeting is the perfect venue for you to voice any concerns you have about the services being recommended.
What is the difference between Mobile Therapy (MT), Behavior Specialist Consultant (BSC), and Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS)? Please refer to the BHRS page on this website for further information. What ages do you service? We can provide services to children between the ages of 2-18 yrs. We can provide services to children/young adults between the ages of 18-21 yrs if they are enrolled in an accredited school.
Where are services provided? BHR & Family Based Mental Health services can be provided in the home, community, and/or school setting. Can I request a specific therapist to work with my child? There are several factors that are taken into account when a therapist is assigned to work with your child. We operate on a best-match policy but appreciate your input on the qualities in a therapist you feel would work best with your child. How do I get services for my child? Please refer to the "How Do I Get Services" page on this website for further information.
Can you prescribe medication to my child? No. We do not have a Psychiatrist on staff to prescribe medications. However, we will make referrals for you to assist you with finding a Psychiatrist to meet your child's needs. We also can also help you work with your child's primary care physician to prescribe medications. What are the CASSP Principles? Child-centered: Services meet the individual needs of the child, consider the child's family and community contexts, and are developmentally appropriate, strength-based and child-specific. Family-focused: Services recognize that the family is the primary support systemfor the child and participates as a full partner in all stages of the decision-making and treatment planning process.
Community-based: Whenever possible, services are delivered in the child's homecommunity, drawing on formal and informal resources to promote the child's successful participation in the community. Multi-system: Services are planned in collaboration with all the child-servingsystems involved in the child's life. Culturally competent: Services recognize and respect the behavior, ideas,attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practices characteristic of the child's and family's ethnic group.
Least restrictive/least intrusive: Services take place in settings that are the mostappropriate and natural for the child and family and are the least restrictive and intrusive available to meet the needs of the child and family.