Overview

Mental Health Skill-Building services is a goal directed training to enable individuals to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment. Bridging the Gap Family Services train individuals functional skills and appropriate behavior related to the individual’s health and safety; activities of daily living, and use of community resources; assistance with medication management; and monitoring health, nutrition, and physical condition. 

Individuals qualifying for Mental Health Skill-building Services must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities. Services are provided to individuals who require individualized training to achieve or maintain stability and independence in the community. 

Adult Eligibility Overview 

Individuals qualifying for Mental Health Skill-building Services must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities. Services are provided to individuals who require individualized training to achieve or maintain stability and independence in the community. 

Individuals age 21 and over shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive mental health skill-building services:

  • The individual shall have one of the following as a primary Axis I DSM diagnosis:
    • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM
    • Major Depressive Disorder – Recurrent
    • Bipolar I; or Bipolar II
    • Any other Axis I mental health disorder that a physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year
    • The individual shall require individualized training in acquiring basic living skills such as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and medication treatment plans; development and appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; personal hygiene; food preparation; or money management.
    • The individual shall have a prior history of a psychiatric hospitalization
    • The individual shall have had a prescription for antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to the assessment date. 
  • Individuals younger than 21 years of age shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive mental health skill-building services: 
    • The individual shall be in an independent living situation or actively transitioning into an independent living situation.
    •  The individual shall have one of the following as a primary, Axis I DSM diagnosis:
      • Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM
      • Major Depressive Disorder – Recurrent
      • Bipolar I; or Bipolar II
    • Any other Axis I mental health disorder that a physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year
    • The individual shall require individualized training in acquiring basic living skills such as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and medication treatment plans; development and appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; personal hygiene; food preparation; or money management
    • The individual shall have a prior history of a psychiatric hospitalization
    • The individual shall have had a prescription for antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to the assessment date