Nemours online resource : Kids Cope
Locust Lane Riding Center offers equine assisted therapy, mental health professionals and life coaching .
Chester County Intermediate Unit:
"From in-school support to partial hospitalization to behavioral health wraparound services, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) works alongside families and schools to assist students in prevailing over the challenges of behavioral and mental health disorders". Info obtained from CCIU website
The Office of Mental Health is an administrative office that contracts with local agencies to provide mental health services and supports. Typically, residents without health insurance may qualify for some county funding. Six local agencies serve as entry points to assess needs and help provide services.
The overall goals continue to provide support, and resources necessary to make positive life experiences for our youth. We focus on empowerment, boundaries, and expectations with a commitment to learning, create positive values, learn social competencies and create a positive identity in every student all in a supervised, safe environment. All of our programs are designed around these goals. " From their website
"Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force’s mission is decreased suicide through increased awareness and education in the community. CCSP Task Force collaborates with the community to develop suicide prevention strategies and works to reduce the risk, stigma and occurrence of suicide in Chester County, Pennsylvania." Information obtained from their website
from their facebook page "As parents with our own lived experience through our own children who have challenges, we have a strong passion and professional experience to mentor parents and caregivers through their own journey within various systems in Chester County. Our family support specialists provide encouragement, resources, guidance through systems, linkages to benefits and services, and assist with self-advocacy. In addition, Chesco LIFE hosts educational workshops and groups. Family support is provided at no cost to residents of Chester County. Contact us at 484-348-6392 or email@example.com ."
From their website: "We help people who have Medical Assistance (the name for Medicaid in Pennsylvania) get behavioral health care.
Behavioral health care is for:
You might not need behavioral health care services. But if you do at any time, we help you get those services. You do not have to pay for these services.
We are here to:
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www.AddictionCenter.com/Addiction/Veterans : support to military members seeking substance abuse recovery
Resources for mental health struggles, PTSD, trauma
If you are in crisis, please call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call 800.273.8255 (Para Español llame 888.628.9454). Veterans: Press "1" after you call, or go to Veterans Crisis Line to chat live with a crisis counselor at any time.
Information in this section obtained from the www.woundedwarriorproject.org website
Inpatient Care Inpatient Acute Care* Intended for people who need 24-hour care and daily doctor visits in a hospital setting to stabilize psychiatric issues. Often recommended for people who aren’t able to care for themselves, or may be a risk to the safety and well-being of themselves or others. Can last for a few days to several weeks . Goal is to stabilize a crisis . Includes group therapy and meeting with a team of professionals, including a psychiatrist. A family session is important prior to discharge to discuss aftercare plans
Partial Hospitalization : Intense structured program ,typically consists of 5-7 days per week for 6 hours each day. Similar to IOP, includes group, individual, and family therapy when appropriate. Often includes an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who may prescribe or adjust medications . Often recommended for those who have actively participated in lower levels of care, yet continue to experience serious emotional and behavioral problems. Beneficial for those at risk of hospitalization, or as a step-down for those who have been hospitalized Inpatient Care
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Structured treatment that teaches how to manage stress, and better cope with emotional and behavioral issues. May include group, individual, and family therapy when appropriate. Consists of frequent visits (usually 3-5 days per week) and an average of 3-4 hours of treatment per day for a set period of time (often 4-6 weeks, depending on the program) . Many programs are structured so individuals may work and continue with normal daily routines. The advantage of this type of program is that people have the support of the program, along with other people working on similar issues
Individual counseling – includes counseling sessions with a therapist.
Medication evaluation and management - includes visits with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner to determine if medication would be helpful
Group therapy – includes weekly group sessions with other people with mental health issues. In group therapy, people often learn from one another’s experiences.
The above inforamtion obtained from Cigna Healthcare
Information for this section obtained from Mentalhealthamerica.net
-NOT ALL EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE A PSYCHIATRIST ON STAFF:
Bryn Mawr Hospital: has inpatient psychiatric unit with physicians in house for Emergency consults if necessary. Use video chat as well to assess patient
Brandywine Hospital: No
Chester County Hospital: No, there is a psychiatrist on call and sees patients in ER via video chat when deemed necessary
Paoli Hospital: No (learned that the hard way)
Lankenau Hospital: No
-Very few therapists and/or psychiatrists accept insurance. They will provide receipt for you to submit. CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY AND GET YOUR COVERAGE INFORMATION AND LIST OF IN NETWORK PROVIDERS.
-Not all therapists are created equal, it is very important to look into their areas of expertise, find the right personality fit, and check their availability.
- It may take several attempts until you find the therapist that is the right fit
-There are many different types of therapy; in-patient , "partial inpatient" (out-patient extended day program), weekly sessions, bi weekly, support groups, etc.
DID YOU KNOW?...…….
- In PA, most children under age 19 with serious emotional & behavioral concerns will qualify for services covered by Medical Assistance, regardless of family income.
- There is a medical test that you can get that determines which medications are better suited to your genetic makeup. It is a simple cheek swab that is sent away and analyzed. You get a complete report listing drugs by classification showing which will have potential for more side effects and which will be more therapeutic. Many out there , I just know of Genecept Assay.
Call your insurance company and KNOW YOUR COVERAGE, ask for a list of IN NETWORK PROVIDERS...now the process of submitting for reimbursement for out of network providers and what the insurance company needs for documentation (ICD-10 codes, etc)