Mental Health Skill Building (MHSS-Virginia)

What Is the service?

Mental Health Skill-Building services are defined as individualized training to enable individuals to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.

Who is this service for? 

Individuals qualifying for this service must be over the age of 21 and demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to a mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities. To be eligible for services, the individual must have a serious mental illness, require individualized training to acquire basic living skills, have a history including psychiatric hospitalization, residential crisis stabilization, Intensive Community Treatment (ICT) or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), placement in a psychiatric residential facility or Temporary Detention Order; and have a prescription for antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to assessment.

How does the service work? 

 Services are typically provided in one-hour increments in the individual’s home or in the community and are tailored to his/her needs. Services are developed in coordination with the individual and services team using a person-centered approach. Individual recovery and support goals are developed to empower the individual to achieve objectives based on preferences, strengths, and potential.

Key Benefits/Takeaways

The purpose of the service is to provide functional skills and appropriate behavior related to the individual’s health and safety, activities of daily living, and use – of community resources. This service also provides assistance with medication management as well as monitoring health, nutrition, and physical condition.


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