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“David” an 8 year old boy with classic Autism, came to us after being removed from his home by DCF. He was non-verbal, using grunting sounds and pointing or acting out to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He had an intense fear of going outside and making transitions to new places was overwhelming for him. His academic skills were extremely low and he was not getting any real educational services due to the upheaval in his life. HCRS staff immediately began to identify the services he would need to progress and grow. A shared living provider was found who has given him a wonderful family environment to live and grow in. David now goes to school for the whole day. He is using his words more than ever and instead of pulling on someone or grunting or pointing, he is prompted to use requests like “ Can I use the computer, please,” without being told.

Mental Health

Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to Address the Needs of the Whole Person

Mental ServicesHCRS’ Adult Mental Health Services offers integrated treatment programs designed to address the challenges faced by people with mental health issues and/or substance use issues in order to help them live more fulfilling lives.

Initial screening services are primarily accessed through the Walk-in Clinic program, although HCRS does offer some community-based screenings when appropriate. Once a screening has been completed, and if it is determined that you have a need for ongoing mental health or substance abuse treatment, you will be scheduled for a clinical assessment. The assessment is an opportunity for you to meet with a trained clinician who will complete a comprehensive evaluation that looks at the scope of your needs and strengths as they pertain to mental health, substance use, physical health, social, vocational, legal, safety issues, and “environmental needs” such as housing, transportation, budgeting, etc. The results of this evaluation are discussed among the clinical treatment team at which time treatment recommendations are made; these recommendations may include services both within and outside of HCRS.

HCRS’ Adult Outpatient Program offers a range of therapeutic services that may be office-based, community-based, or in home to address various mental health and substance use concerns. This includes: individual, group, family, and couples therapy, brief case management, and community supports.