Youth admitted to our program that have a dual/comorbid (mental health) diagnosis are expected to be mentally and emotionally stabilized, on a medication regimen, have at least 30 day supply of medications, and a sufficient refill prescription to cover their stay.
Our program, however, does have collateral on-site psychiatric services available and residential clients with comorbid mental health issues that are in need of services may be attended by our resident psychiatrist upon referral by our therapy staff and with the fiscal (funding) approval of the referring juvenile probation agency.
As such, clients entering the Substance Abuse or Female Specific Program that have a co-occurring psychiatric disorder, and are not on medication or active care of a medical psychiatrist, require the referring county to fund an initial psychiatric assessment ($295.00), and subsequent psych visits ($100.00), along with the cost of prescribed medications.
Conversely, those clients entering the Mental Health Program, with a primary mental health diagnosis, that are not under the current care of a medical psychiatrist, RRJJC will fund the cost of an Initial psychiatric (medical psychiatrist) assessment - and the referring county will cover the cost of any subsequent psych visits ($100.00) along with the cost of prescribed medications (through the client’s extended program participation).
In instances wherein a client exhibits dramatic or acute changes in behavior or there is acute de-compensation that interferes or precludes viable program (therapeutic and school) participation the client may be referred, after consultation with the local Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) and the probation agency, to the nearest mental health facility. In those instances wherein subsequent stabilization may be long term, the client may be discharged after consultation with the referring probation agency.
Residents with a mental health diagnosis that requires adherence to a psychotropic medication regimen are consistently regulated by the on-staff LVN to ensure both compliance and the health of the resident. Administration and distribution of medications are also directly made and monitored by the medical staff.