What is Stepped Care?
Stepped Care is an effective approach to mental health services by “stepping up or stepping down” for a level of care needed to address each student’s needs. It’s a wide range of services that include not only the center but the campus and community. A continuum of care that identifies the needs of the students and connects them to the right source.
The Key Principles of Stepped Care
- Provide timely access to mental health services and education
- Customize an approach to specific needs and requests
- An opportunity to connect with other campus services and support
- Provide excellent opportunities to connect with other Redhawks
- To give the student the ability to participate actively in care options
- To provide referrals to community providers
- To use a strength based approached to client autonomy
The following is a list of individual approaches to specific needs of the student
- One problem focused session
- Short-term, goal directed individual or group counseling
- Online self-guided resources and screenings
- Referrals to peer, campus, and community support
- Wellness workshops, academic services and support as well as face to face psychoeducation
Your first appointment at CBHA, you will meet with staff for a brief screening/assessment of your needs. This appointment will last approximately 30 minutes. The stepped care model and risk assessment will help make treatment recommendations.
These factors that guide recommendations may be:
- Level of autonomy and support needed
- Specialized treatment needs
- The severity of presenting concerns
Scope of Practice
Some students’ needs may not fall within the Center’s treatment model or scope of practice. If this occurs, a student will be referred and connected to a community provider that can better meet their individual needs. These are some common reasons to request services from the community.
- Students who require weekly, on- going individual counseling or excessive utilization of crisis intervention services.
- Students with a concern that cannot be ethnically treated within our short term individual counseling model(bi-weekly sessions)
- Students who present a chronic, ongoing risk of harm to themselves or others and whose symptoms don’t respond to outpatient crisis interventions. This includes students with a history of multiple hospitalizations (more than 1), chronic suicidality, homicidality, and/or a history of repeated suicide attempts (more than 1).
- Students whose behavior is indicative of progressive deterioration requiring intensive intervention.
- Students who are non-compliant with treatment, as defined by frequent no-shows for any services, repeated stops and starts to therapy, and/or repeated requests for a different clinician.
- Students presenting with a history of treatment that is beyond agency resources, and which is likely to continue to be necessary.
- Students presenting with concerns that fall outside staff expertise and/or CBHA’s mission, including but not limited to court-ordered, forensically-oriented, mandated treatment, letters of support(ESA), and evaluations for psychological testing.
- Students who exhibit inappropriate, harassing, menacing, threatening, or violent behaviors toward CBHA staff.