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-  Inpatient
-  Intensive
-  Group Home
-  Supervised
-  Transitional
-  Respite
-  Walk-In Services
What are "Inpatient" services?
An acute psychiatric services program provides short-term medically directed treatment of a person with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder, where patient admission is the result of psychiatric decompensation that requires rapid stabilization of symptoms or a situation where it has been determined the client is a danger to themselves or others. Services may be voluntary, involuntary, or for civilly committed patients, including individuals committed under a Physician's Emergency Certificate (PEC) pursuant to Sec.17a-502 of the Connecticut General Statutes, and shall be provided in a locked psychiatric unit. These services provide 24-hour medical and nursing supervision and include intensive evaluation, medication management, symptom stabilization and intensive treatment.
What are "MH Intensive Residential" services?
Provides services for people with serious mental health, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Services include medical and behavioral treatment where an individual's admission is the result of a serious mental health condition. This service is defined as highly structured and rehabilitative and provides 24-hour, 7 days a week staff supervision. Admissions generally come directly from a hospital operated by DMHAS or through the Department"s Medical Director or their designee.
What is a "Group Home?"
Provides recovery-oriented rehabilitation and skill-building services in a congregate, residential program licensed by the Department of Public Health that provides on-site staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to multiple individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities, or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. Rehabilitative services are provided to address significant skill deficits in the areas of self-care and independent living in a structured recovery environment.
What is "Supervised Housing?"
Provides staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to supervise or support individuals residing in apartments in the community. Services focus on assisting individuals to live independently in community based living arrangements; activities include assistance in all areas of daily living, community integration, education assistance and counseling, individual management of personal financial resources and budgeting, referrals to all necessary services, meal preparation, improving communication skills, and use of leisure time. Activities shall include case management services and, as needed, provide housing resource coordination to aid individuals in finding, obtaining and keeping safe, affordable housing.
What are "Crisis Respite" services?
Provides services and interventions to people experiencing mental health distress or conflict in a current living situation of such intensity or duration to require temporary respite services. Services include temporary living quarters and staff support needed to stabilize psychiatric symptoms, or behavioral and situational problems including substance use and whenever possible to avert the need for acute hospitalization. An array of supportive services will be provided including mental status checks, medication monitoring, use of targeted interventions, assistance in all areas of daily living and use of skills for community living; use of coping strategies and recovery supports. Providers will facilitate the return of individuals to their homes.
What are "Transitional Residential" services?
Provides services in a congregate community residence with staff on site twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Participants may be transitioning from one level of services to another, from an inpatient setting to the community or awaiting a placement in a supportive housing program.
What does "open" mean?
An Open bed is a bed that is vacant and available for someone to be assigned to it. The program is accepting referrals for that bed.
For questions or comments please contact DMHAS at 860-418-6835