If you are looking for specialized programs for older adults with a mental illness, you are in the right place.
Although this segment of the population is often forgotten, At Valley Behavioral Health, through our Specialized Rehabilitation Services (SRS) Program, we are dedicated to helping some of the most vulnerable people in our population: senior citizens in long-term care facilities.
Keep reading to learn more about our Specialized Rehabilitation Services Program, its benefits, and how it can help your elderly loved ones in nursing homes.
At Valley Behavioral Health, we are committed to finding new ways to support the health and wellness of our community. Our Specialized Recovery Services (SRS) program is available through Medicaid for those diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Specialized Rehabilitation Services help clients in a number of ways, from medication management to group and individual therapy for clients living in nursing homes or extended-care facilities.
This program aims to improve and promote the overall health of clients dealing with mental illnesses while working side-by-side with primary care providers and extended care facility personnel to enhance our clients’ overall quality of life.
SRS is one of the only programs (if not the only) that provides therapeutic and pharmacological services to clients residing in Skilled Nursing Facilities in the Salt Lake Valley. As such, it satisfies an essential niche by caring for a vulnerable, often forgotten about, geriatric population.
The Specialized Rehabilitation Services program at Valley Behavioral Health was designed to help clients who have serious and persistent mental illnesses and who currently spend down their income to be eligible for Medicaid and keep their coverage.
Rehabilitation is care that is intended to help clients get back, keep, or improve abilities needed for daily life. These abilities range from physical to mental and cognitive. Rehabilitation seeks to improve a client’s daily life and functioning.
People from all backgrounds, education levels, and financial statuses may need rehab at some point in their lives due to declining functioning that comes with age.
Rehabilitation, or rehab, is for those clients who have lost the abilities needed for daily life. Some of the most common causes include:
At Valley Behavioral Health, we see individuals on Medicaid living in nursing homes and other forms of long-term care, whether due to medical or psychiatric reasons. Interestingly enough, in the absence of state-run mental health institutions, nursing facilities are often the last line of defense for people with mental health needs before facing homelessness.
This means many of these facilities are quasi-mental health institutions for those who are severely mentally ill or otherwise can’t take care of themselves.
Therefore, our clients can range anywhere from having severe schizophrenia or dementia to having mild depression and anxiety.
At Valley Behavioral Health, we focus on providing a comprehensive, client-centered approach in our SRS Program. Each of our SRS clients receives monthly-quarterly visits by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Social Service Worker (SSW), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
They receive therapy, pharmacological management, and behavioral management of various types. This high-level, specialized care has many benefits for the client, including:
All of the above-mentioned services, benefits, and therapies lead to an overall improvement in the client’s quality of life — which is especially important for our senior clients who may be at the end of their lives. Our program allows them to finally find peace and comfort.
Because the facility provides direct care to our clients, including activities, we play a supportive role by advocating for clients, visiting with them, teaching them various coping strategies, holding them accountable if needed, and working with them to reduce their number of psych-related hospitalizations and alleviate some of the stress/anxiety they feel day to day.
Our SRS program uses the Role Recovery Model to treat the signs of mental illness while focusing on all service planning and delivery involved with helping clients develop the stability, knowledge, skills, confidence, and support needed to successfully execute daily tasks.
We deploy the following options to help clients meet their goals while boosting their quality of life:
The SRS treatment team is often made up of a number of providers and therapists who work with the client to figure out their unique needs, goals, and treatment plan. Providers will go to a client’s long-term nursing facility where they are residing.
The types of treatment can include:
Each client works with facility social workers to complete Valley’s admission application. Then, they submit the application along with their face-sheet (containing demographic and identifying info) and PASSR Level II. If they qualify for long-term Medicaid, they will be admitted to our program.
PASSR stands for Pre Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASSR). The program is guided by federal regulations requiring all individuals who are being considered for admission to Medicaid-certified nursing facilities (NF) to be screened before admission in order to determine if the applicant has or is suspected of having a mental illness, intellectual disability, or related condition.
The purpose of PASSR is to help ensure clients are not inappropriately put in nursing homes for long-term care. PASSR requires that:
Level II of the PASRR is specifically designed to determine whether the needs of the client’s condition would be best met in a nursing facility or other long-term care facility and whether they require specialized services.
In order to qualify for SRS, a client must:
At Valley Behavioral Health, we have one goal for our SRS program: to help our clients live the best lives possible. A large percentage of our clients are preparing for end-of-life, which often leads to them not taking the required steps to improve their conditions or otherwise make significant progress.
We strive to help our clients improve their quality of life by assisting them to set goals for daily tasks, including getting out of bed, interacting with others, improving their relationships, utilizing coping strategies, finding meaning in their situation, and working through various regrets and heartaches from their past.
This helps them live out their final days with purpose and peace and makes the situation easier on all parties involved — caregiver, client, and family.
Our Specialized Rehabilitation Services program (SRS) provides a breadth of behavioral health services tailored to patients living in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities. The goal for this dynamic team is to improve the overall health of people with severe mental health conditions, working side-by-side with primary care providers, facility social workers, and extended facility personnel.
For more than 30 years, Valley Behavioral Health has successfully worked to help thousands of adults, children, and families by providing individualized therapy, other mental health resources, and personalized treatment methods to fit each client’s unique needs.
Our Specialized Rehabilitation Services program is the top program of its kind in the state of Utah. Our team is dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans and goals that meet each clients’ unique needs. Our compassionate staff puts the client at the center of all treatment plans, and our priority is working with patients to improve their quality of life.
At Valley Behavioral Health, we are convinced that the best treatment takes place in a relaxed environment, with help from family, peers, and community members alike. If you or a loved one are in need of Specialized Rehabilitation Services.
With behavioral health centers across the Intermountain West, our goal is to be as accessible as possible for our clients. Our specialized therapists ensure that each counseling appointment is a neutral and comfortable environment. All counseling appointments are confidential. Call us today for more information or fill out the form below to schedule your confidential counseling appointment.
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