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Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is finally being recognized as an important part of your health care. Therapy In Your Home can assist you, the individual, the family and other health care providers by providing services in the home, addressing what really matters:   How you are functioning on a daily basis.

Reimbursement is improving as this website is being written due to the concept of parity for mental health services.  Currently, under standard health care plans and Medicare part B, reimbursement is still sketchy.  Call us so we can work with you to get coverage if possible.

Your mental health provider, (counselor or psychiatrist) might be interested in working with an OccupationalTherapist from Therapy In Your Home who has mental health expertise, who can help reinforce skills in the home.

We have Occupational Therapists with a specialty in mental health, for both pediatrics and adults, with the primary goal of facilitating resiliency, health, and wellness in the community of the individual’s choice, rather than to manage symptoms. Examples include:

  • Because of your wife’s manic depressive disorder, she has trouble getting the kids to school and keeping on top of things. The OT’s visits can provide the guidance and encouragement she needs until she can manage.
  • Your son’s illness is threatening his studies. He isn’t following the plan. You need someone besides yourself to monitor him in his apartment. Therapy can work with his counselor so your son can continue on is own.
  • Depression and heart disease left your mom without the energy or interest to take care of herself. You hired a caregiver who does everything for her. You know your mom feels better about herself when she makes decisions. You want someone to show the caregiver ways to let your mom participate safely, how to keep your mom from firing the caregiver.
  • Your young son does not seem to recognize when his anxiety is rising before he has a meltdown. You know this impacts his school performance and friendships, not to mention your family life and that of his siblings. The OT can help each of you recognize and respond to  the signs constructively, help your son eventually feel the precipitating changes in himself, and learn calming techniques that will help him for a lifetime.

A general description of the breadth of our services includes:

  • Teach and support the active use of coping strategies to help manage the effect of symptoms of illness on one’s life, including being more organized and able to engage in activities of choice.
  • Help to identify and implement healthy habits, rituals, and routines to support a wellness lifestyle.
  • Support the identification of personal values, needs, and goals to enable informed decision making, such as when considering housing and employment options.
  • Support the creation and use of a wellness recovery action plan in group or individual sessions.
  • Provide information to increase awareness of community-based resources, such as peer-facilitated groups and other support options.
  • Provide information on how to monitor physical health concerns (e.g., diabetes management, smoking cessation), develop strategies to control chronic symptoms, and recognize and respond to acute changes.
  • Support the ability to engage in long-term planning (e.g., budget for major purchases, prepare advance medical and mental health directives) that leads to meeting personal recovery goals.

See more ideas on our resource page, especially Being Sensory Aware,   Hope and Empowerment and Commmunication

Some ideas regarding college transitions are described here:  college resources