• Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) provides basic support essential for people with serious mental illness to maintain independence. An ACT team assists with mental health therapy, medications, and gaining access to community resources such as employment or education.
  • Assessment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, psychological test, and substance abuse screening conducted to determine a person’s level of functioning and treatment needs.
  • *Assistive Technology helps individuals take care of themselves and interact in the places where they live, work, and play. *Adaptive devices and supplies are not covered under the Medicaid Health Plan or by other community resources.
  • Behavior Treatment works to improve behaviors a person or others who work with them want to change. After an assessment, the behavior treatment plan is built, approved, and reviewed regularly by a team of specialists to make sure it is effective and dignified.
  • Clubhouse Programs are programs where members (consumers) and staff work side by side to operate the clubhouse and to encourage participation in the greater community. Clubhouse programs focus on fostering recovery, competency, and social supports, as well as vocational skills and opportunities.
  • Community Inpatient Services used to address mental health emergencies and stabilize mental health conditions if symptoms change. All Community Hospital Services are provided in licensed psychiatric hospitals and/or licensed psychiatric units of general hospitals.
  • Community Living Supports (CLS) are activities that help adults with either serious mental illness or developmental disabilities live independently and actively participate in the community. These services also help families who have children with special needs such as developmental disabilities or serious emotional disturbance.
  • Crisis Interventions aim at reducing or eliminating the impact of unexpected events on mental health and well-being.
  • Crisis Residential Services are short-term alternatives to inpatient hospitalization provided in a residential setting.
  • *Environmental Modifications are physical changes to a person’s home, car, or work environment that are of direct medical or remedial benefit to the person. Modifications ensure access, protect health and safety, or enable greater independence for a person with physical disabilities.  Note that other sources of funding must be explored first, before using Medicaid funds for environmental modifications.
  • Fiscal Intermediary Services help individuals manage their service and supports budget and pay providers if they are using a “self-determination” approach.
  • Supported/Integrated Employment provides supports, services, and training, usually at the job site, to help adults who are eligible for mental health services find and keep paid employment.
  • Transportation to and from a person’s home in order for them to take part in a non-medical, Medicaid covered service
  • Psychiatric Medicine. The purpose of medicine is to help you recover. Recovery means being able to live, love, work and play.

Here are some symptoms that can make it hard to live the life you want to lead: depression, fear, anger, confusion, hearing voices, trouble sleeping, upsetting memories and thoughts that you cannot get out of your head. Medicines can help these symptoms.

Your brain has 100 billion nerve cells. Each person’s brain is just a little bit different. Your doctor is an expert on medicine, but there is no one medicine that works for everyone. You might have to try a few different medicines to find the one that works for you.

Medicines do not work right away. It can take weeks for the medicine to do its job. Think about painting a room. It takes many strokes of the paintbrush to finish the whole room. Be patient and keep taking your medicine. You will get there.

You have a choice. Your doctor will explain which medicines can help. You have the right to decide whether to take them.

One small pill will never do the job all by itself. It is important to eat healthy foods, exercise, take care of your body, find people you like to be with, and things you like to do. This sounds like a lot. Good news: you have a coach. It takes an athlete years to learn to hit a baseball into the outfield. Learning to live a healthy and happy life also takes time. Your case manager and your therapist are there to guide you and help you as you figure out how to do these things.