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OUTPATIENT PROGRAM

 

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

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

 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.

 POPULATION

Outpatient Treatment is available to adults, children, and adolescents and their families, with a priority given to those with a serious mental illness.

 ADMISSION CRITERIA

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. 

ADEQUATE RESOURCES

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. 

TREATMENT 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. 

PHILOSOPHY

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.

GOALS, OBJECTIVES, OUTCOMES

 

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: 

              Assessment

              Individual Therapy

          Family Therapy

          Group Therapy

          Crisis Intervention Service

          Service Plan Development

          Psychiatric Medical Assessment

          Nursing Service

          Medication Monitoring

          Injection Administration Service

          Behavioral Modification Services              

          Family Outreach Services

                 Dual Diagnosis Services

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

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. 

Examples include

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.    

SERVICE LOCATIONS

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
864-260-2220  864-885-0157
   
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
  864-716-2316

                        

*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
864-260-5145   864-260-5105
   
Lakeside Middle School McLees Elementary School
315 Pearman Dairy Road 4900 Dobbins Bridge Road
Anderson, SC 29625    Anderson, SC 29626
864-260-4331  864-716-3600
   
New Prospect Elementary School Pendleton Elementary School
126 New Prospect Road 902 East Queen Street
Anderson, SC 29624 Pendleton, SC  29670
864-260-5195 864-403-2500
   
Westside High School Centerville Elementary School
806 Pearman Dairy Road 1529 Whitehall Road
Anderson, SC  29625 Anderson, SC 29625
864-260-5230 864-260-5100
   
Glenview Middle School  Nevitt Forest Elementary School
2575 Old Williamston Road 1401 Bolt Drive
Anderson, SC  29621 Anderson, SC 29621
864-716-4060 864-260-5190
   
Robert Anderson Middle School  Calhoun Elementary School
2302 Dobbins Bridge Road  1520 Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC  29626 Anderson, SC 29621

864-716-3890 

864-260-5090
   
Belton Middle School Gettys Middle School
102 Cherokee Road  105 Stewart Drive
Belton, SC 29627  Easley, SC  29640
864-338-6595 864-855-8172
   
Honea Path Middle School  Tamassee DAR School
107 Brock Avenue   P.O. Box 8
Honea Path, SC 29654  Tamassee, SC 29686
864-369-7641 864-944-3024
   
Whitehall Elementary School  Riverside Middle School
702 Whitehall Road

458 Riverside Street

Anderson, SC 29625 Pendleton, SC 29670
864-260-5255

864-646-8020

   
Pendleton High School TL Hanna High School
7324 Highway 187 2600 Highway 81 North
Anderson, SC  29625 Anderson, SC 29621
864-646-8040 864-260-5110
   
La France Elementary School

Anderson County DSS

550 Williams Street  224 McGee Road
Pendleton, SC  29670 Anderson, SC  29622
864-403-2300 864-260-4100  
   
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.

Family Outreach

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.