Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) are a specific set of services for children up to the age of 21. The majority of these services are Medicaid-funded. BHRS services are accessed and delivered following the CASSP Principles.
The specific services that fall under the BHRS umbrella are:
- Wraparound Services
- Community Residential Rehabilitation (CRR)
- Residential Treatment Facility (RTF)
- Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
- Social Skills Groups (SSG)
- Summer Therapeutic Programs (STAP)
What is unique about these services is the process in place to assist parents in accessing the services for their child. It begins with a full, comprehensive psychological evaluation performed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. If the result of the evaluation is to recommend one of the above services, an Interagency Service Planning Team (ISPT) meeting is held.
The ISPT meeting is a collaboration of all relevant persons in the child’s life, both professional and natural supports. One of those involved parties is a county representative. In Westmoreland County, the office of Behavioral Health Services has contracted with WCSI to serve as their representative at ISPT meetings. WCSI staff that serve in this capacity are called “County Designees” or BHRS Case Managers.
County Designees oversee all aspects of the BHRS process. They provide assistance to families in navigating the BHRS system and provide ongoing education and support as they walk through each step. For an overview of the BHRS process geared towards parents please refer to Navigating the System A Parent-Friendly Guide.
Additional resources and information on services for children and families can also be found on the Value Behavioral Health website at www.vbh-pa.com.