GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES OFFERED AT PACS (MHS)

Mental Health Services for Adults:

Comprehensive mental health services to those adult clients who have full scope Medi-Cal coverage.  There is limited funding for those persons without any insurance and are indigent.  Services include assessment, individual, family, group counseling, case management linkage, and outpatient psychiatric care.

Mental Health Services for Children (EPSDT):

Mental Health Services for children 0 – 18 and for young adults, ages 19 – 21 who are still in school. Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) funded services are limited to children who have full scope Medi-Ca where the client does not have to pay.  Services include individual, family, and group counseling, case management linkage, and psychiatric care.  Services are provided at the agency’s offices, at schools and/or individualized in the field locations to meet the clients and families’ needs.

Mental Health Services for Children (PEI):

These are evidence based practice models for children 0-18 who meet the criteria for that model including meeting medical necessity.  Some of the EBPs are Trauma Focused CBT, Family Connections, Caring for our Family, Seeking Safety, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and MAP.  Staff must be trained in the EBP to provide the PEI treatment.  Under a new PEI program called Stepped Care, children may be served who are experiencing traumatic and undue stressors at home, at school or in the community, such as domestic violence, can be referred and provided services without the use of an EBP.

Outreach and Engagement and Prevention Services –

PACS provides outreach and engagement services.  In addition, there are community partners who have close ties within various communities who also do outreach, education, and engagement.  Two program activities that are widely used are Active Parenting and Mental Health First Aid.