Submitted Summaries of Programs (Reviews)
Between April 10 and April 16 (Review Summaries):
Submit your review summary for your assigned program via the “Submit Your Summary link below. Once it is submitted, it will appear on the list below the link. You are free to read other summaries that have been submitted at this point, but comments will not open until April 17.
Between April 17 and May 1 (Evaluations):
Home & Community-Based Treatment (HCT)
Kennebec Behavioral Health
KBH’s Home & Community-Based Treatment is an intensive, in-home, team-based therapeutic program for children, youth and their families who are experiencing difficulties beyond the scope of typical outpatient counseling. This program request is focused on assisting children, youth and families in Somerset County, who for a variety of urgent reasons cannot get in for a regular office visit. This unique program helps to deliver vital supports for some of the most needy families (in terms of behavioral care, and often a combination of challenges) in Somerset County. The clinical team includes a licensed therapist and a behavioral health specialist, the child – under 21, and their family. Children involved are on MaineCare, their behavioral needs are of a high level (which may cause them to be placed out of their home), and their family is willing to participate in the development and implementation of their treatment plan. KBH has experienced great success for the children and families served on the HCT Model. The key ingredient is the commitment on the part of all teammembers to focus on giving children, youth and families tools and support to meet their needs where they are. Several compelling success stories were shared. It helps to keep children and families together – in their own homes, and empowers families to be stronger and more effective. There are innumerable cost savings and efficiencies socially, behaviorally and in programs to have this option of service available. The KBH HCT Model directly addresses UWMM’s Health Action Plan through offering care that is urgently needed and for those that cannot get to a center for care. HCT promotes the well-being of children, adults and families who are experiencing mental illness or emotional challenges. It adds to the range of possibilities to support health and wellness for the whole family. This is an intensive model of care with children and youth being served for 6-9 months and an average of 4-6 hours per week. The majority of the children and youth are experiencing impacts from A.C.E.S. and trauma. This support is a key to resilience for them and their families.
Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:
I visited the KBH Office in Waterville to learn more about the HCT Model and met with Pat McKenzie (Clinician) and Tina Chapman (Marketing/Development). There is great commitment on KBH’s part to deliver and enhance the HCT Model with increased training and support for teams delivering this service. This vital service is delivered for some of the most challenging of situations where without it, children would very likely be removed from their homes. At the same time, their are children and families that are waiting for this service so that they can be reunited. In a number of cases, this support is court ordered and families being together is put on hold until this service can be established. There are currently 32 children on the waiting list for the HCT Service, of which 14 have been waiting for more than 90 days. Although this intensive service is covered by MaineCare/Medicaid, the true consts are only partially funded, which limits the response from KBH. Without the extra funding from UWMM, more children will be added to the waiting list. KBH is the only organization offering the HCT service in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Although this service is sadly underfunded by low billable rates, KBH is committed to having this support option available for families.
Individualized behavioral supports, Skilled clinical team meets the families where they are at, KBH offers a full combination of professional behavioral supports, Over 59 years of successful clinical care in mental health services
Lack of full reimbursement from MaineCare/Medicaid, Services are not immediately available for all needing service, There are many other prevailing issues facing children and families other than behavioral needs (poverty)
Rick Dorian agrees that this program aligns with Health, as indicated on the application.
This program has requested $7,000.
Rick Dorian’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $7,000
Recommendations and Comments
Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.
Cheryl FlewellingDefinitely Fund
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
Robert DahlgrenDefinitely Fund
Unique services. Clear the UWMM funds have an impact on quality of service.
George ColemanDefinitely Fund
Susan RoyDefinitely Fund