Community Support Team - The Community Support Team provides mental health assessments for Child and Family Outpatient services. In addition, the team provides collaborative treatment for children with serious emotional problems and their families or caregivers.
Children, youth and families participate in designing and implementing a plan for treatment focus that will help insure their success. This may include individual and family therapy and consultation with other important people in the child’s life. Also, available is a variety of skill-building and support groups designed to help our clients meet their goals. They are dedicated to helping clients access their strengths and discover solutions to the challenges they face.
The Community Support Team also provides a number of evidence-based practices including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy for Depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Behavior.
Home-Based Family Services - Kitsap Mental Health Services' Home Based Family Services is a strengths-based, family centered, comprehensive program designed to work in collaboration with families and other community providers. Believing the family to be a child's greatest resource, Home-Based Family Services therapists provide counseling in families' homes and communities, those places where the difficulties are often occurring.
Services provided include a range of evidence-based practices and are tailored to the needs of each individual family. Services may include individual and family therapy, education and skill building, advocacy, co-occurring disorders assessment and treatment, multi-system case coordination, development of natural supports and fun finding, as well as ongoing assessment.
Home-Based Family Services therapists have smaller caseloads and have more flexibility with their schedules. These therapists are able to meet with families more frequently and for several hours at a time if indicated.
Additionally, this team participates with the Kitsap County Juvenile Department in staffing the Individualized Treatment Court, which is a mental health court for youth with mental health disorders and legal offenses.
Specialized Family Care (SFC) provides specialized and extensive outpatient treatment for children from 7 to 18 years of age who are in foster care, legally free and awaiting adoption, at risk of being placed outside the home, or are returning from out-of-home placement. The SFC program provides treatment and basic foster care and in-home wrap-around services to these children and families through Children’s Administration.
In addition to regular and treatment foster care, services may include individual, family or group therapy, case management/care coordination with other child-serving systems, case aid support, respite services, or 24-hour crisis response. The SFC program also provides community resource and support linkage to other services necessary to support the child, including collaboration with schools, the juvenile court and the Children’s Administration.
The goal of SFC is to work with the biological family whenever possible to reunite the family or workwith the pre adoptive family identified to secure successful transition and attachment to their forever family. The program capacity is 15 children. Placements may be short-term or up to 18 months. For more information please contact Kristine Welch at 360-479-4994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madrona Day Treatment - Madrona Day Treatment combines a supportive therapeutic environment with individualized academics to serve severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children who cannot be accommodated in their home schools. The goal of MDT is to help children develop the skills necessary to be successful at home, in school and in their relationships with others.
In addition, MDT can be a diagnostic option for school districts and parents who are struggling to develop appropriate programs for difficult children and complex problems. Madrona staff will work closely with families as well as school districts to develop a plan to ensure students’ success in their transition back to school. The program meets daily and has the capacity to serve twelve children. The program currently operates through contracts with the following school districts: Peninsula, North Mason, South Kitsap, Central Kitsap, Bainbridge and Chimacum. The program is staffed by a program supervisor, a clinical supervisor/therapist, a senior intervention specialist, two program assistants, and a special education teacher.
Sequoia Day School - Sequoia Day School is a supportive behavioral program that began in September of 2011, with individualized academics housed at Crownhill Elementary School in Bremerton. This program works with the Bremerton School District. The goal of this program is to help children develop skills in order to be successful at school and also to help teachers, counselors and others develop behavioral strategies to work more successfully with their students. Sequoia can act as a bridge to other resources in the community, a diagnostic placement for children so that interventions can be relevant, and as a training classroom for other school personnel. The Bremerton School District has expanded the program to include in-school assistance for the other elementary schools. The behavior interventionists are able to travel to one of the six elementary schools in the district to provide intervention, consultation, and crisis planning for students and their teachers in their home school. Sequoia can accommodate up to 12 students and has a staff of three from KMHS, a lead behavioral interventionist and two behavior interventionists, and a teacher provided part time from the school district. There are two behavior interventionists offering in-school assistance and are housed in the six various elementary schools. Additionally, there is supervision from a clinical supervisor and a program supervisor through KMHS.
Evergreen Program - Evergreen Program is a supportive behavioral program that began in September 2012, with individualized academics housed in Mountain View Middle School in Bremerton. This program works with the Bremerton School District. The goal of this program is to help middle school students develop skills in order to be successful at school and to also help district personnel develop behavioral strategies to work more successfully with their students. Evergreen can act as a bridge to other resources in the community, a diagnostic placement for children to determine how to help them achieve their highest potential, and as a training classroom for other school personnel. This year, the goal has been to get students into general education classes, and because of this, every student spends 4 periods of their day outside of the Evergreen classroom in general education, with support from KMHS staff. Evergreen meets daily and has the capacity to serve 12 children. KMHS provides a lead behavior interventionist and two behavior interventionists, and Bremerton School District provides a full time teacher and a para-professional. Additionally, there is supervision from a clinical supervisor as well as oversight by the program supervisor through KMHS.
In-School Therapy Program - The Olympic Educational Service District (OESD) is contracted with KMHS to place 5 master's level therapists in 10 elementary schools throughout the county, with clinical supervision through KMHS. The schools and parents refer students that may benefit from counseling, which can be in the form of individual, group, or family therapy. The therapists collaborate with school personnel and families to develop an appropriate treatment plan and meet with students on a regular basis. The therapists also work with teachers and school staff to address behavioral needs within the classroom environment.
Youth Inpatient Unit - The Youth Inpatient Unit (YIU) is a 10-bed inpatient facility for evaluation and short-term treatment of children and youth (8 to 17 years old) who suffer severe emotional disturbances and are not appropriate for less restrictive treatment. Priority consideration for services is given to residents of the Peninsula Regional Support Network. The youth may enter services as a voluntary client or be detained under the Involuntary Treatment Act. The YIU is philosophically directed toward returning the youth to the community as soon as possible to finish treatment in an outpatient setting. The YIU is accessed through the Crisis Response Team. Additionally, the YIU coordinates with the Crisis Response Team and Child and Family Programs to provide access to the Children's Crisis Stabilization Room in emergency or crisis situations.
Medical and Nursing Services
These services provide consumer evaluation, maintenance and monitoring of clients' need for and use of psychotropic medication. In addition, the physical health of clients is monitored to help differentiate between psychiatric problems and "psychiatric like" symptoms caused by physical complications. Side effects of medication are also monitored.