Community Support Team (CST) services consist of community-based mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation services and necessary supports provided through a team approach to assist adults* in achieving rehabilitative and recovery goals. It is intended for individuals with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, or both who have complex and extensive treatment needs. The individual’s clinical needs are evidenced by the presence of a diagnosable mental illness, substance-related disorder (as defined by the DSM-IV-TR and its successors), or both, with symptoms and effects documented in the comprehensive clinical assessment and the Person Centered Plan. This is an intensive community-based rehabilitation team service that provides direct treatment and restorative interventions as well as case management.

CST is designed to

  • reduce presenting psychiatric or substance abuse symptoms and promote symptom stability,
  • restore the recipient’s community living and interpersonal skills,
  • provide first responder intervention to deescalate a current crisis