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Raising children with mental health issues can be extremely stressful for families. Guardians/Parents may not always know what services are available, where to access the services, how to start services, how to fill out needed paperwork, and how to manage and negotiate with service providers. A Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager (MH-TCM) can help a family with all aspects of navigating and accessing necessary services.
· The child must be diagnosed with severe emotional disturbance (SED)
· The child and their family needs access to: mental health services, social services, educational services, health services, vocational services, recreational services, and related services in the areas of volunteer services, advocacy, transportation, and legal services.
· The child and their family needs assistance coordinating community support services
· The Case Manager will meet with the guardians and child at least once per month for a minimum of one-hour to maintain services. In times of stress or crisis, the case manager can meet more often depending on the need.
· Child and family will improve family functioning, enhance daily living skills, improve functioning in education and recreation settings, improve interpersonal and family relationships, and enhance vocational development.