Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI)
A partnership to help youth with intensive mental health challenges and their families.
Meant to be an alternative to traditional CHINS 6 filings, the Children’s Mental Health Initiative is a new opportunity for families to access services through a unique partnership between the Department of Child Services (DCS) and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA).
This program is designed to provide a high fidelity wraparound approach to individual service planning which combines formal supports that the youth needs with the natural supports he or she has in the community. A Wraparound Facilitator helps create a child and family team to include teachers, counselors, pastors, neighbors, friends, family and other people involved with the family. Through the child and family team process, an individualized, community-based service plan will be developed; it will include a safety plan to make sure the family has steps to take when there is an emergency.
The State of Indiana has agreements with community Access Sites around the state. The Access Site serves as a clearinghouse to determine eligibility for this program, as well as a variety of other intensive mental health services.
The local Access Site determines eligibility for services through the CMHI and the 1915i (coming in 2014).
They report referral and outcomes data back to the Division of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA) on a quarterly basis.
Our community is served by a regional SOC that includes Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. It is entitled “Families and Communities Embracing Successes” (FACES).
The community Access Site as approved by the SOC for our region is Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
- service providers
- community members
- health care providers
- public defenders
- Department of Child Services (DCS)
Information is then gathered to screen for eligibility. If additional clinical information is needed to determine eligibility, an assessment will be scheduled within five days. Those who meet eligibility criteria for services will access the recommended services through a DCS contract. Those who do not meet the criteria will be referred for other services.
- Medicaid Rehabilitation Option (MRO) Services
- Case Management
- Skills Training
- Clinic-Based Services
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Intensive Community-Based Services
- Family Support and Training
- High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitation
- Respite *
* Overnight respite must be provided by a DCS-licensed provider.
- Does the family need services in order to maintain the safety of the child or other children?
- Does the family insist the child needs to be removed when the assessment indicates the child can be maintained at home with services, and the family is unwilling to accept the offered services?
If so, DCS will complete an assessment to determine if there should be an open DCS case to obtain the intervention of the court to require the family to engage in the services that are in the best interest of the child.
To make a referral, call 812.436.4279 and leave your name, the child’s name, phone number and address.