Behavioral Health Homes for Children
Formerly known as Children’s Case Management Services, Woodfords’ Behavioral Health Homes for Children is designed to provide support to children with special needs and their families. Case managers help link children and parent to resources and services in their own communities. Senior case managers will walk each family through the intake process, allowing families to quickly get the help they need.
Services can range from informational to intensive, defined by the amount of support and intervention a parent and/or child requests.
- Provide information regarding the child's diagnosis, trainings, conferences, new research, support groups, and resources and services from which the child and family may benefit.
- Help families access needed services such as occupational, speech, and/or physical therapy and/or recreational services. Observe a child in any of these settings to get to know how the child is functioning and how the professionals are working with the child.
- Attend school meetings and observe a child in the school setting to help the parent monitor progress and inform needs to be met through the IEP (Individualized Educational Plan).
- Assist with coordinating services, such as locating a therapist, counselor, doctor, dentist, or recreational activities from which the child would benefit. The case manager can assist a family with utilizing in home support services for their child.
- Assist with setting up wraparound meetings for the child. A wraparound meeting is one where each professional working with the child is invited to attend to share with the team what the goals and objectives are for that particular service. This approach works well for creating a strong team between family, child, and providers.
- Assist a child and family with transitioning into public school at the age of five years, transitioning from the elementary school to the middle school, and from high school into adulthood and adult services. This occurs through careful planning and making sure a student is equipped with the right tools and skills to make a smooth transition and that the child's needs will be met by their team.
- Be a source of support for the child and family by listening to the needs and strengths of the family and helping the child meet their goals.
Services are accessible to any child, birth to 5 years at risk for a developmental delay or a mental health diagnosis, or age 6 to 20 years with a diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability or mental health issue. All children (birth to 20) must be eligible for MaineCare services or MaineCare Katie Beckett.
Counties Woodfords Currently Serves
Karen Dehetre, LSW
Director of Intake & Utilization Management
(207) 878-9663, x 4170