The Center employs highly qualified professionals to administer the following programs and services representing the disciplines of counseling, psychology, social work, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and rehabilitation. It also employs a talented administrative support staff to implement effectively an organized system of behavioral health care.
OUTPATIENT TREATMENT | PROGRAM PLAN
The Outpatient Treatment Program provides a variety of treatment services that include individual, group, and family counseling and education on recovery and wellness. Treatment is provided in a coordinated, comprehensive and defined structure and may vary in level of intensity. Treatment services are designed to assist the person served to achieve identified goals toward recovery, related to areas such as psychological or social functioning, self-esteem and growth, coping and decision making abilities, relational problems, and mental illness symptom reduction.
Outpatient Treatment is available to adults, children, and adolescents and their families, with a priority given to those with a serious mental illness.
Any person experiencing a treatable mental illness and who could likely benefit from individual, group, or family therapy is eligible for admission. Maximum benefit from this program is expected to be reached within a six month time frame. With sufficient justification the length of treatment may be extended based on the needs of the client. Referral sources and recommendations will be provided as needed by clinical staff, or at the request of the person served.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Outpatient services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This program is closed on DMH approved Holidays.
AFTER HOURS CONTACT
Emergency after-hours crisis intervention is available by calling the AOP Center phone number or County Clinic phone number, which is transferred to a centrally answered crisis line for after-hours services and response. Clinicians in each County are on-call to respond to calls needing a Mental Health Professional’s (MHP) intervention. This intervention includes responding to local emergency rooms after hours, for assessment and consultation for commitment purposes.
Provision of outpatient treatment continues to be a priority for the AOP Board of Directors and our Mental Health Center. Staff assignments and other financial resources are allocated to support the Outpatient Treatment Program. Adequate facility space is provided for staff to meet client needs for treatment in a comfortable setting.
Outpatient treatment may be provided in a number of settings based on treatment needs for the person served. The majority of treatment will occur in a clinic setting; however specialized programs may involve home visits or treatment within schools for children.
We believe the people we serve have the right to personal dignity, respect, and the highest possible degree of independence. We are committed to services that promote the individual’s recovery from mental illness and that are delivered in the least restrictive environment.
In active partnership with the person served, Outpatient Treatment provides services that are based on individual strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences with a focus on building or increasing existing levels of functioning and reducing symptoms of mental illness. Emphasis is placed on helping the person served accomplish self-described goals, as well as increasing abilities to function within the family, school, workplace and/or community.
FEES AND PAYOR SOURCES
The Department of Mental Health accepts major payer sources including Medicaid, Medicare and Private Insurance. During the administrative intake, individuals are provided a copy of the current rate schedule. At any time individuals may contact their local clinic to ask the administrative specialist current rate schedules, or to determine insurance coverage.
Ø To provide timely and accurate assessment that identifies behaviors, symptoms, and issues that may benefit from treatment and provide the necessary framework for treatment planning.
Ø To provide linkage and integration with other community services when indicated.
Ø To assist individuals and families to meet identified goals through the use of brief strategic type interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, education on wellness and recovery, and interpersonal and/or social skills development.
Ø To maximize individual and/or family functioning.
Ø To measure and demonstrate progress of the person served through the use of such outcomes measures as Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale, client employment, housing, and community tenure, achievement of client self-described goals, Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), AOP Post Assessment Survey and MHSIP Survey.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
Outpatient treatment is provided on a one-to-one basis or in groups and includes the following list of services, based on the needs of the person served:
Crisis Intervention Service
Service Plan Development
Psychiatric Medical Assessment
Injection Administration Service
Behavioral Modification Services
Family Outreach ServicesDual Diagnosis Services
Needs of special populations are addressed by making requested and needed accommodations to insure full utilization and benefits of outpatient treatment and/or enlisting outside resources to insure access to services.
Ø TDD machines and ASL for the hearing impaired
Ø Wheelchair accessible facilities
Ø Bilingual staff, Language Line, and foreign language interpreters
Ø Specially trained staff to meet the needs of dually diagnosed persons
Ø Ongoing cultural competence training
Ø Signage in Brail for the visually impaired
Ø Coordination with other public and private agencies to deliver specialized services for specific disorders/disabilities
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM APPROACH
The disciplines of counseling, social work, psychology, nursing and psychiatry comprise the interdisciplinary treatment team. Team interaction occurs at a regularly scheduled weekly team meeting to review the intake assessment, diagnosis, treatment needs and goals/objectives of the person served, and the plan of care (POC). During this staff meeting each person accepted for treatment is assigned a primary therapist who provides outpatient services and works closely with the assigned physician to coordinate care.
Individuals seeking services should contact the clinic in their county of residence
|Anderson Mental Health Center||Oconee Mental Health Clinic|
|200 McGee Road||115 Carter Park Road|
|Anderson, SC 29625||Seneca, SC 29678|
|Pickens Mental Health Clinic||Child, Adolescent & Family|
|337 West Main Street||William E. Pascoe Center*|
|Easley, SC 29640||515 A Camson Road|
|865-878-6830||Anderson, SC 29625|
*This center is for Anderson County C&A services, the Pickens and Oconee County satellite clinics provide C&A services within their respective clinics.
|McCants Middle School||Concord Elementary School|
|Marchbanks Ave.||2701 Calrossie Road|
|Anderson, SC 29624||Anderson, SC 29621|
|Lakeside Middle School||McLees Elementary School|
|315 Pearman Dairy Road||4900 Dobbins Bridge Road|
|Anderson, SC 29625||Anderson, SC 29626|
|New Prospect Elementary School||Pendleton Elementary School|
|126 New Prospect Road||902 East Queen Street|
|Anderson, SC 29624||Pendleton, SC 29670|
|Westside High School||Centerville Elementary School|
|806 Pearman Dairy Road||1529 Whitehall Road|
|Anderson, SC 29625||Anderson, SC 29625|
|Glenview Middle School||Nevitt Forest Elementary School|
|2575 Old Williamston Road||1401 Bolt Drive|
|Anderson, SC 29621||Anderson, SC 29621|
|Robert Anderson Middle School||Calhoun Elementary School|
|2302 Dobbins Bridge Road||1520 Calhoun Street|
|Anderson, SC 29626||Anderson, SC 29621|
|Belton Middle School||Gettys Middle School|
|102 Cherokee Road||105 Stewart Drive|
|Belton, SC 29627||Easley, SC 29640|
|Honea Path Middle School||Tamassee DAR School|
|107 Brock Avenue||P.O. Box 8|
|Honea Path, SC 29654||Tamassee, SC 29686|
|Whitehall Elementary School||Riverside Middle School|
|702 Whitehall Road||
458 Riverside Street
|Anderson, SC 29625||Pendleton, SC 29670|
|Pendleton High School||TL Hanna High School|
|7324 Highway 187||2600 Highway 81 North|
|Anderson, SC 29625||Anderson, SC 29621|
|La France Elementary School||
Anderson County DSS
|550 Williams Street||224 McGee Road|
|Pendleton, SC 29670||Anderson, SC 29622|
|Pickens County DSS||Belton Elementary School|
|212 McDaniel Avenue||202 Watkins Street|
|Pickens, SC 29671||
Belton, SC 29627
Child and Adolescent Services
The following is a broadly defined group of Center services offered in all three counties to children and adolescents, under the umbrella of outpatient treatment.
School Based Services
School Based services are provided in all three counties. AOP clinical staff render services within school premises during regular hours to children and adolescents. Referrals are made mainly by school personnel and family members. Those who are in need of Psychiatric Medical Assessment services, such as medication prescribing and monitoring, are referred to Center physicians.
Offered in Anderson and Pickens counties, this program offers intensive in-home services to families at serious risk of becoming fragmented. Families may be seen daily by Center staff in an effort to help them reach their goals.
Children’s Alternative to Placement (CAP)CAP is designed to help children with special emotional and/or behavioral needs. CAP intervention attempts to stabilize and strengthen the family unit and prevent a possible out of home placement for the child. There are two primary CAP services: Behavioral Intervention and Caregiver services. Behavioral Intervention helps the child restructure his/her environment by aiding in the learning how to change existing behavior patterns, in acquiring new, more positive behaviors, and in functioning more effectively with those in his/her home, school or social environments. Caregiver service is designed to develop and/or improve the ability of the caregivers to recognize and attend to the needs of their child and to strengthen the home environment. Achieving success in each of these areas allows the children to remain in their home.