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Adult Services

 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team

The Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team (DDTT) is a service delivery model first created by the Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP).  Beacon Light provides a DDTT team covering the central counties of Blair, Centre, Clinton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, and Mifflin.

The goal of the team is to treat adults dually diagnosed with a mental illness and an intellectual disability by keeping them in their homes and communities.  The psychiatrist-led team of clinicians provides assessment, medication management, crisis intervention, integrated case management, and behavioral support planning to keep the inidividual from being placed in a state hospital or other long-term inpatient setting.

The team works closely with Beacon Light’s Community Stabilization and Reintegration Unit (CSRU) in McClure, PA to assist clients who may need short-term stabilization before or after their DDTT treatment.

The DDTT treatment model has a a maximum length of stay of 18 months, with a goal of achieving results within 12 months. Due to the integrated approach of treatment, which includes the individual and his/her family as well as state and county agencies, the team is comprised of highly skilled clinical and support staff, including:
• A psychiatrist
• A program director
• A behavior specialist (psychologist or master’s level therapist)
• Nurses
• Recovery coordinators
• A consulting pharmacist
• Administrative support

Intellectual/Development Disability Services by Beacon Light Adult Residential Services

Formally called Ramsbottom Center, Beacon Light Adult Residential Services are able to provide long term, residential care for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  Individuals are given guidance and support while living in a “home-like” environment that is best able to suit their special needs.

Addtionally, Beacon Light operates multiple supervised community waiver homes. Residents hold jobs in the community and are functioning semi-independently in their home.

The Center’s Adult Day Services (ADS) program provided training and skill development opportunities for residents Monday through Friday of each week.

Waiver Home Ramsbottom Center

Community Stabilization and Reintegration Unit (CSRU)

The Community Stabilization and Reintegration Residential Unit (CSRU), located in McClure, Pennsyvlania treats adults over 18 years old who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and an intellectual or developmental disability. 

The goal of the CSRU program is to increase independence in personal skills, home skills, community skills, and social skills, while managing challenging behaviors that result from the intellectual developmental disability or other mental health conditions.   The intent of the CSRU is to divert dually diagnosed adults from admissions to state hospitals, inpatient units, or state centers.  Affording the individuals the necessary skills to return to their home communities to have productive lives is the overall goal of the CSRU program. In addition, another goal of the program is to promote permanency and foster stabilization. This is accomplished through crisis management, individual therapy, and coordination and training with aftercare services.

The length of stay in the program will vary due to the individual care plans, with the average length of stay anticipated at no more than 90 days.  

The objective of the CSRU program is to identify the environmental stressors and symptoms of mental disorder leading to unwanted behaviors in order to assist the individuals and those around them in learning appropriate interventions and to foster the development of a support network services aimed at increasing independence through the acquisition of appropriate adaptive and pro-social behaviors. 

Clinical interventions will include intensive individual therapy, sensory awareness and integration, crisis intervention, Applied Behavioral Analysis along with formal supports of the mental health systems. In addition, the agency’s team will work closely with and collaborate with the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Teams (DDTT) if appropriate.  The philosophy is to focus on client self-determination and allow the individual and his/her family/community supports to drive the process.

The target population is adults who are dually diagnosed (MH/ID) and in need of diversion from inpatient units and/or state hospitals (the most restrictive mental health level of care) and state centers (the most restrictive Intellectual Disabilities level of care). In most cases, these individuals present with complex emotional, behavioral, physical, and social problems that create challenges for families, service agencies, and community supports.