Home- and Community-Based Services for Youth Experiencing Emotional Disturbance

The Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Program serves children under the age of 18 with a diagnosis of serious emotional disturbance.

Intensive and comprehensive services help children remain in their home and community and reduce residential placements. Services are family-focused, individualized and sensitive to the unique needs and strengths of the child and family.

Services are accessed through Putnam County’s Single Point of Access for Mental Health Services. Youth must meet certain criteria to receive services.

Primary Program Components

Assessment, service plan development, coordination of service delivery, advocacy, monitoring, consultation and discharge planning ensure ongoing partnership with the child and family, as well as collaboration with treatment providers. Services also assist with components of intake and screening, linkage to other resources, family and child advocacy and transition planning.

Ongoing interventions in the home including counseling, psycho-education, crisis de-escalation, parent/child relationship building, and developing healthy coping mechanisms.

Crisis Response Services reinforce the agreed upon safety plan developed by the child and family and help stabilize family/child crises when they arise. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Activities and services are designed to enhance the health and growth of all members in the family unit to ultimately develop safe, stable and supportive families who are connected to their communities. Family support services provide resources that include but are not limited to education, training, advocacy, and support, and introduce and connect the family to activities that foster family cohesion.

Respite provides a needed break for the family and the child to ease stress at home and improve family harmony. Care may be provided on a planned or emergency basis, in the child’s home or in the community by trained workers.

Services focus on helping the child to be successful in the home, community and school through social and environmental skills that are associated with his/her developmental stage. Support is offered through a variety of activities in such areas as completing homework, problem solving, peer relationships, organization and cooperation, as well as social, verbal, play and vocational skills. Skill builders may work with the child individually, with small groups or within a community setting.