PMHS

The Public Mental Health System (PMHS)

Core Service Agency

Core Service Agency

The Washington County Mental Health Authority (WCMHA) is a quasi-public agency which functions as the Core Service Agency (CSA) for Washington County. The law defines a CSA as the designated county authority that is responsible for planning, developing, managing and monitoring publicly funded mental health services. This concept for local management allows for services to be developed to meet the needs of the local community through the PMHS.

PMHS Eligibility

PMHS Eligibility

The Public Mental Health System (PMHS) serves individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who receive Medical Assistance or who are “uninsured”.  If the individual receives Medical Assistance as the primary insurance, services would be accessed through the PMHS when treatment and/or rehabilitation needs exceed the ability of the primary care physician to provide the service. If the individual is uninsured, suffers from a serious and persistent mental illness, and meets other qualifying criteria, a person may be eligible to access services in the PMHS.

Administrative Service Organization

Administrative Service Organization

In July 1997 Mental Health in Maryland moved from a grant based system to a Fee For Service system, managed by an Administrative Service Organization (ASO).  The Mental Hygiene Administration has contracted with an ASO to pre-authorize, insure that services requested meet medical necessity criteria, and process claims and payments for providers licensed to participate in the PMHS.

Services Provided

Services Provided

Services Provided in Washington County Public Mental Health System
(Fee For Service)

  • Diagnostic Interview
  • Medication Management/Pharmacologic Management
  • Individual Therapy w/Medication Management
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • In-Patient Psychiatric Services
  • Intensive Outpatient – Partial Hospitalization
  • Mental Health Targeted Case Management – Adult/Child
  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Mobile Treatment
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services (PRP) – on-site/off-site
  • Residential Rehabilitation
  • Supported Employment – preplacement/job coaching/extended support
  • Emergency Services at Hospital Emergency Room

Additional Programs

Additional Programs

Additional Programs In Washington County Public Mental Health System
(provided through grant funds)

  • Case Management and Treatment for People in Criminal Justice System Who Have Mental Illness
  • Community Outreach to Homeless Individuals With Mental Illness
  • Homeless ID Project
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Services
  • Peer Support & Advocacy
  • Wellness & Recovery Center
  • Intensive Adult Foster Care
  • Consumer Listening Line
  • Project Home – Level E Supplement
  • Self-Directed Care
  • Senior Mental Health General Case Management
  • Shelter Plus Care Housing Assistance for People With Mental Illness Leaving the Criminal Justice System
  • Transitional Age Youth
  • Healthy Transitions Initiative
  • Trauma and Substance Abuse Treatment Team
  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis & Stabilization
  • Family Advocate
  • Consumer Support Funds
  • Hospital Census Reduction
  • Western Maryland Children’s Center – Psychiatric Consultation

Providers of Grant Funded Programs:

COA
ConMed
DSS
IFCS
MCF
OCA
PCMS
TPWC
WCDC
WCMHA

Commission on Aging
CONMED, Inc.
Department of Social Services
Institute for Family Centered Services
Maryland Coalition of Families
Office of Consumer Advocates, Inc.
Potomac Case Management Services
Turning Point of Washington County, A Program of Way Station, Inc.
Washington County Detention Center
Washington County Mental Health Authority

 

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