Lehigh County: Children's Mental Health information provided by: Lehigh County Department of Human Services

The Children’s Mental Health Unit (CMHU) will coordinate behavioral health treatment services for Lehigh County HIPP Medical Assistance residents from birth to 18 (thru 21 if in secondary or special education), who are mentally ill or seriously emotionally disturbed. The CMHU will also assist HealthChoices members when needed.

The CMHU will accept referrals and provide comprehensive intake, ancillary case management (life domain case management supports, non behavioral systems and community coordination services) for all MA funded children, as well as for uninsured children/adolescents.

The CMHU also monitors the County Base Funded Respite Program. Children eligible for this service are medical assistance recipients waiting for or are receiving behavioral health funded services through Magellan or HIPP; who are not receiving MR waiver money; in custody of Lehigh County OCYS; or receiving respite services in collaboration with existing services.

The Children’s Mental Health Base Funded In Home Respite Program is designed to provide 40 hours of non therapeutic respite services to children and adolescents ages 3 though 18 (18 through 21 if still in school) within a 10 week period with a minimum of four hours per week over one fiscal year beginning July 1, who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral disturbances in daily living due to adverse interpersonal interactions and environmental influences.

In-home respite provides specialized one on one childcare for the child who has been identified with a DSM diagnosis, including the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who are pending or receiving behavioral health services through the Medicaid system. In-home respite works in conjunction with the child’s behavioral health therapy. The objective is to provide respite in the family’s home in order to maintain stability for the family, identified child, and to prevent the need for a temporary out-of-home placement. In-home respite does not take the place of mental health treatment, counselors, transportation aides, or in-home health care aides. In-home respite can be authorized in conjunction with these services; but not implemented during the time these services are rendered.

The CMHU will assess the needs of young adults, including Health Choices members who are receiving MA behavioral health services that are transitioning into the adult mental health system. The CMHU will also assist the young adult in finding appropriate services, and provide information and referral on community resources: i.e. housing, vocation/education, income, etc...

M-F, 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Record last updated: Aug 13 2013 6:44AM
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