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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
 

Community-Based Treatment Services


 

These award winning community based programs are designed to offer home-based or community psychiatric care to children and adolescents with treatment goals to help preserve the family structure. It is a strength based approach focused on making use of community supports for the youth and family to make positive behavioral changes.

It is comprised of a Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) team, an Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) team, and a Rapid Response Intervention (RR).

 

 

Community based psychiatry therapists work with pediatric patients and their families to make positive behavioral changes for success in school, home, and community. The goal of all community based psychiatric work is management of behaviors to prevent out of home placement in psychiatric hospitals, detention centers, or foster care. 

    • Our interventions are designed to assist parents with increasing monitoring and supervision of the youth and involve multiple “stakeholders” including: parents, family, school, work, probation/ diversion, social services, mental health clinicians, peers, church, and any other identifiable positive relationships. 
    • It is a brief treatment (3-6 months) that has intense contact (6-10 hours/ week) to service families. Therapists’ caseloads are small (4-6 cases) and allow for 24/7 coverage, with the support of the UCH Emergency Department’s Psychiatric/ Social Liaison.  
    • We provide follow-up care to our clients on a no fee basis depending on need and appropriateness. This may included previously scheduled meetings, court appearances, appointments or refresher sessions for our client.

 

Mutli-Systemic Therapy (MST) is an evidenced based therapy with intense clinical supervision and consultation with our therapists that seeks to understand the “fit” between the child/adolescents problems and the systemic factors that contribute to them. MST targets youth involved in the legal system, age 12-17, with co-occurring mental health issues.

Referrals can come from individual families, from the Juvenile District or Municipal Court System, the County Department of Human Services for adjudicated youth, or from hospital or mental health centers.

    • Typical referral behaviors include: truancy/negative school performance, out of control behaviors in the home (including verbal & physical aggression), inefficient family functioning, ineffective parenting, low monitoring and supervision, substance use, gang involvement, negative peer associations, poor management of psychiatric symptoms, criminal activity.
    • All clinicians are fully trained in the MST model. UCH is a site licensed by MST Services, an evidenced based model developed out of the Medical University of South Carolina. MST is recognized nationally as a “best practices” model for adjudicated youth.

 

Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) uses an integrative approach, accessing multiple theories in a brief, strength based, intensive format that focuses on the most acute areas of need contributing to family dysfunction. IFT targets children & youth, age 0-17, with mental health issues that disrupt his/ her family or social relationships. Referrals usually come as a step-down from inpatient hospitalizations, or from outpatient clinicians / case workers / school staff seeking to avoid hospitalization, to provide appropriate care to the client. 

    • Typical referral behaviors include: low levels of parental structure / consistency in the home, inappropriate discipline, ineffective parenting techniques, poor school performance, low frustration tolerance, significant mental health challenges and interpersonal issues.
    • Therapists work closely with the client’s school and community. Within the school, the therapist assists with issues related to: acting out behaviors, impulsivity, inattentiveness, social skills deficits, truancy, tardiness, academic struggles, and others. Therapists often attend IEP meetings to assist with advocating for families to help clients receive most appropriate services for their academic and/or behavioral needs.

 

Rapid Response Team is an additional benefit provided to Medicaid patients who have been admitted to The Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Inpatient Unit to assist with safety planning and psychiatric stabilization with a focus on a child/ adolescent’s transition to home and school.

    • The UCH CBP therapist is tasked with outreaching the family within 48 hours of hospitalization to provide supportive services, and intensive case management to the patient and professionals involved on the inpatient unit and to assist with the family’s follow through of the discharge plan.
    • Rapid Response is short term intervention lasting up to 2 months, after which time a family may be able to transition into our IFT/ MST programs if it is clinically appropriate.

 

Referral to Denver County Community Based Psychiatry

 

If they have Medicaid ABC

Referral can be made through Access Behavioral Care

    1. Complete ABC referral paperwork Contact Triage Form and Application for Autorization Form. Instructions for form completion.
    2. Fax to ABC attention Kris Cooper, Care Coordinator at (720) 744-5130
    3. Put a copy in CBP Supervisor's mailbox.
    4. Kris Cooper will contact CBP Supervisor if case meets criteria.

If they have Medicaid BHI

Referral can be made through Behavioral Health, Inc.

    1. Complete BHI referral paperwork Contact Triage Form and Application for Authorization Form.
    2. Fax to BHI attention Jane Moore, Utilization Manager at (720)490-4395
    3. Put a copy in CBP Supervisor's mailbox.
    4. Jane Moore will contact CBP Supervisor if case meets criteria.

If they have a DDHS Caseworker

Referral can be made through Core Contract - Denver County

    1. Get ROI to speak to Caseworker. Provide CBP Supervisor with copy of ROI - Caseworker name, and phone number.
    2. Request that Caseworker make referral through MAP team.
    3. Complete UCH MST/IFT Referral Form.
    4. Caseworker will contact CBP Supervisor if approved.

If they are involved in Municipal Court

Referral can be made through Safe City

    1. Get ROI to speak to Diversion Officer. Provide CBP Supervisor with copy of ROI - Diversion Officer name, and phone number.
    2. Request that Diversion Officer make request through Safe City Supervisor, Patrick Hedrick - Single Case Contract.
    3. Complete UCH MST/IFT Referral Form.
    4. Diversion Officer will contact CBP Supervisor if approved.

If they have commercial insurance through Denver Health Medical Plan

Referral can be made through Denver Health Medical Plan

    1. Contact Shelly Tracy (720) 956-2358 - Utilization Manager of DHMP for authorization.
    2. Complete DHMP internal referral form if requested.
    3. Shelly will contact CBP Supervisor if case meets criteria.

If they have been committed to the Dept of Youth Corrections (DYC) and have a Client Manager

Referral can be made through DYC - Central Region

    1. Get ROI to speak to DYC Client Manager. Provide CBP Supervisor with copy of ROI - Client Manager name, and phone number.
    2. Request that Client Manager makes request through Jennie Hall.
    3. Client Manager will contact CBP Supervisor if case meets criteria.

If they involved in District Court

Referral can be made through Probation via the Denver Collaborative Partnership (DCP)

    1. Get ROI to speak to Probation Officer. Provide CBP Supervisor with copy of ROI - PO name, and phone number.
    2. Request that PO completes DCP Request for Funds for Home Based Services.
    3. PO will submit form to Sara Boylan, Director of DCP.
    4. PO will contact CBP Supervisor if case meets criteria.

If they have an Araphaoe County DDHS Caseworker

Referral can be made through Core Contract

    1. Get ROI to speak to Caseworker. Provide CBP Supervisor with copy of ROI - Caseworker name, and phone number.
    2. Request that Caseworker make referral through Adminstrator - Lori Carlson.
    3. Complete UCH MST/IFT Referral Form.
    4. Caseworker will contact CBP Supervisor if approved.

If they have been committed to the Dept of Youth Corrections (DYC) in Adams County and have a Client Manager

Referral can be made through DYC - Northeast Region

    1. Get ROI to speak to DYC Client Manager. Provide CBP Supervisor with copy of ROI - Client Manager name, and phone number.
    2. Request that Client Manager makes request through Tyler Fittz.
    3. Client Manager will contact CBP Supervisor if case meets criteria.