Outpatient Therapy-Clinical Specialist Services
Outpatient Therapy and Clinical Specialist Services are technically the same service they are just known to different people by different names.
What are Outpatient Therapy/Clinical Specialist Services?
Outpatient Therapy uses a talk therapy approach to help people focus on improving their emotional, mental, and social functioning. Services are provided on a one-on-one basis. Outpatient therapy may include the following services:
Individual and Family Therapy
- Assistance with accessing community resources
- Crisis Intervention
Services may be provided in the person's home or at the clinic. The frequency of contact is based on the needs of the individual and/or family. Services begin with a complete assessment of the individual and/or family including presenting problem, reason for requesting services, past treatment, family history, etc.
Who can benefit from Outpatient Therapy Services?
Anyone who has a Serious Emotional Disturbance, Mental Illness, or Developmental Disability may be eligible for Outpatient Therapy. Persons need to be open to working on change in their life and have the cognitive ability to participate.
How do Outpatient Therapy Services help an individual?
A person-centered treatment approach is used to help identify an individual's strengths, dreams, goals and desires. In this confidential environment, the individual is encouraged to share feelings and experiences with his or her mental health professional. Treatment is focused on helping individual maximize their independence, cope with their illness and/or other life situation, increase their daily living skills, improve their communication, problem solving and coping skills, become involved with community resources and to above all improve their overall quality of life.
How to access Outpatient Therapy Services?
If the individual is involved with Case Management or Supports Coordination services they should discuss the possibility of a referral with their mental health worker. If the Case Manager or Supports Coordinator agrees that a referral to Outpatient Therapy/Clinical Specialist services is appropriate, they will then make the referral directly.
Those persons not already involved with mental health services may request services directly by calling 1-888-212-3689 (M-F, 8 a.m. 5 p.m.).