Many children can experience difficulties as they grow from infancy through adolescence. These difficulties may cause behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, uncontrollable anger, and/or emotional difficulties. In addition, some children need help after experiencing trauma in their lives, including grief and family disruption.
Children are vulnerable to mental illness and have much to gain by receiving early intervention and adequate care when facing these struggles. An estimated one in 10 children and adolescents in the United States suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment. Early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness provides an opportunity for these children to grow up to be healthy, happy and productive adults.
Outpatient Treatment & Support Services
The Outpatient Treatment team provides psychosocial assessments, case management, therapy and medication services to children ages 6 to 21 who have significant impairment in functioning related to a mental health diagnosis. The goal of the program is to improve the client’s overall functioning and to help identify any barriers that compromise the client’s emotional stability. Staff includes bachelor-level case managers, master level therapists, Certified Prevention Specialists, Registered Nurses, and board certified Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners.
Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services
The Alcohol and Drug Program of Professional Care Services of West Tennessee, Inc. is a vital component of the various services offered to the citizens of Tipton, Lauderdale, Fayette, Dyer, and Shelby Counties. The program consists of assessments, individual and group counseling/therapy, as well as, recovery groups using evidenced based programs. Adults, provide individual and group therapy, A&D assessements, federal probation contract, Community Treatment Collabrative, urine drug screens, DUI school, can also provide educaitonal presentations for interested agencies, schools ect. on addiction and various drugs of abuse.
Project BASIC (Haywood, Lauderdale, Fayette Counties): Project Better Attitudes and Skills in Children (BASIC) is a school based intervention and prevention service for grades K-3rd grade. The Child Devlopmental Specialist works in the school and provides actitives including mental health education, early identificaion and intervention,teacher consulation and acts as a liason between families, schools and mental health providers.
CHOICES Youth Prevention Program (4th-6th Grade): Growing up is difficult. Developmental risks added to environmental challenges make the journey towards and through adolescence tough. Every kid needs to learn and practice essential life skills to better navigate the challenging passage to adulthood. Simply stated, we need to reduce the risks and increase protective fators in our kids' lives. Prevention education helps kids identify positive peers, develop their own self-esteem, deal with peer pressure, and learn conflict resolution skills.
Hazeldon Co-Occurring Youth Prevention Program (Ages 13-17), (Tipton County): The reality is that drug use can alter a teen's life FOREVER. That's why every adolescent should be given the opportunity to learn the skill of making good decisions and healthy choices. Some students are dealing with a little more than the pressure of resisting drug use--some students need help with depression, anxiety, bullying, conduct problems, anger management, ADHD, and other mental or behavioral issues that impact their everyday lives. This prevention program is designed for students who may be experiencing "co-occuring" issues. Co-occurring means that there are two or more factors happening at the same time. PCS uses the Hazeldon Co-Occurring Disorder Series in this youth prevention program to address the topics of mental health problems and behavioral issues as impacted by drug experimentation or use.
Project Alert, Juvenile Prevention Program: Project Alert is a prevention education support group for youth ages 13-17 located at the PCS Ripley location. It is about healthy living – physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. The cirriculum emphasizes the importance of communication skills, having a positive self-image, improving decision-making skills, understanding substance abuse and the effects, learning how to deal with life pressures and learning the benefits of not using drugs.
Mental Health Case Management
Mental Health Case Management (MHCM) has emerged in the past two decades as a service designed to promote community tenure for individuals with severe mental illness. MHCM services are targeted to consumers who meet medical necessity criteria. MHCM services include ongoing monitoring, assessment, coordination, and referring. MHCM services address issues in the following seven areas: living arrangements/daily supports, vocational/educational, social supports, leisure skills, financial/employment, physical health, and emotional/behavioral. The services delivered by Case Managers are not time-limited, but are designed according to the needs of the consumer being served and in accordance with the consumer rights specified in the Client Handbook.
PCS provides two different case management models, as follows:
Individual MHCM: Individual MHCM refers to a recovery-oriented, less intensive Case Management service delivered by an individual Mental Health Case Manager. Symptoms are at least partially stabilized or reduced in order to allow rehabilitation efforts.
Continuous Treatment Team (CTT): CTT is an intensive, comprehensive type of MHCM service. CTT services are provided by a coordinated, specially designated team of psychiatric, nursing, and case management staff that provide a range of clinical treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Services are delivered primarily in the home or other natural settings and emphasize a strong partnership with the family and other community support systems. Goals include the reduction of psychiatric hospitalization days, decrease crisis assistance, improved attendance and grades, increased communication and cooperation between home and school, less restrictive academic placements and reduction of juvenile court involvement and school suspensions. The program serves ages 6 to 21. Services include individual, group and family counseling, medication monitoring and education.