Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is a division of the county government. Its mission is to prevent and treat mental illness and addiction. Its four main components are Early Intervention/First Steps, Social Service, Family Therapy, and Addiction Education and Treatment Services. The entire process has a goal of preventing and treating mental illness and addiction and leading to self-sufficiency.
The Early Intervention/First Steps helps identify the problems and the needs of at-risk families and children mental health conditions. This stage involves community awareness programs, group and family counseling, and educational seminars.
During this time, professionals working in the Addiction Treatment Services’ office counsel families on how to handle drug and alcohol abuse and the impact it will have on their families. Family programs may include parenting skills training, family therapy, parenting education seminars, or other in-home programs.
Social Service includes assisting those communities that are at risk for severe social problems because of addiction or mental illness. These programs include employment training, shelter and care referral, housing assistance and family referrals.
The Addiction Treatment Services’ Office works closely with federal agencies like the Department of Education and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide quality services. The office also coordinates state and local programs based on available resources.
Addiction Treatment Services offers recovery programs for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and have mental illnesses. This service provides intensive inpatient care in detoxification facilities, residential or outpatient settings, clinics and office work.
The Multisystemic Treatment (MST) approach is the specialty of the Addiction Services. This program combines the medical and the behavioral components to address the problem. Treatment includes detoxification services, medical detox, medicinal detox, and support services for families.
Treatment centers range from inpatient to outpatient care and can be found in any size of the community. These treatment centers offer a variety of treatments including inpatient drug treatment, inpatient facility treatment, day treatment, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and community outreach programs.
The MHS also has a number of outreach programs like the Family Re-entry Program and Family Development Centers that assist in preventing relapse and promoting recovery within the families. Outreach programs reach out to youth-at-risk sites, including schools, after-school programs, summer camps, and other relevant sites.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services addresses the needs of the persons affected by mental illnesses and addictions. It seeks to promote recovery and strengthen the communities by offering services that promote self-sufficiency and integrate treatment practices into the community.
These services cover a comprehensive range of specialties and cover all aspects of the mental health care delivery model. They are committed to achieving excellence in evidence-based practice, ensuring comprehensive access to higher quality care, and emphasizing prevention and early intervention.