In-Home Therapy (IHT)

A Service Created by the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI)

In-Home Therapy is one of six services created by the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), which was created to help keep children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral health needs in their homes and communities.  These services are available to children who are receiving many types of MassHealth from birth until their 21st birthday.  The services are especially designed to support children, adolescents, and their families in the places where they feel most comfortable—their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

New Clients: 1-844-CHD-HELP (844-243-4357)

Where are services located?

Our offices are located in West Springfield, Greenfield, Easthampton, and Ware. Because this program is mobile, services are provided in your home, across most of Western Massachusetts.  After a consultation, we will pair you with a case manager who will schedule regular appointments. 

How It Works:

Sometimes youth and their families are looking for more help than just a once a week visit in a clinic.  In-Home Therapy offers more intensive and flexible support during more hours—8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week.  You can also get support by phone 24/7.  Even though our program is called In-Home Therapy, services can occur in other places besides your home, such as your child’s school, a community center, or a library.  If your child is already seeing a therapist in a clinic, they can keep seeing that therapist and have In-Home Therapy at the same time, so your family can have as much support as they need.  An important component is family therapy, which typically happens at least once a week.

Our In-Home Therapy staff can assist with:

  • Problem-solving
  • Limit-setting
  • Risk management/safety planning
  • Communication
  • Skill building to strengthen the family
  • Advancing therapeutic goals
  • Improving ineffective patterns of interaction
  • Identifying and utilizing community resources
  • Developing and maintaining tools for the youth and parent/caregiver(s) to sustain treatment gains.

 

Working Together:

All therapy works best when everyone is working together, but with In-Home therapy, this is even more important.  What makes In-Home therapy different from therapy in a clinic is that it is family-driven and team-based.  Our staff won’t just give you updates on your child—they need to learn from you about your child so that they can provide the best help.  If you can’t make an appointment that you have scheduled with our staff, please call them 24 hours in advance so that they can offer you another meeting time in the same week.

How We Train Our Staff:

In-Home Therapy staff are trained in types of treatment that are especially helpful to families: Wraparound and Systems of Care.  Using these types of treatment, we will work with many of the other important people in your child and family’s life, such as schools, doctors, DCF workers, and extended family members.  We will help you create a plan to help your child or adolescent feel better emotionally and learn to cope with difficulties at home and school.  All families receiving In-Home Therapy will have a master-level clinician experienced in providing therapy to children and families.  The master-level clinician may be assisted by a bachelor-level clinician, called at Therapeutic Training & Support staff to help put the treatment plan into action.

When a Referral is Made:

All referrals for our program come through CHD’s Central Registration.  You can speak with a live receptionist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (844) CHD-HELP.  Our staff will call the caregiver of every referral we receive within one business day.  If there is no wait, a decision will be made between the caregiver and program staff to schedule an appointment within 24 hours if needed or within the next week.  If there is a wait, our staff will help caregivers find other agencies in the area that also provide In-Home Therapy (IHT) that either have no wait or a shorter wait.  A list of agencies that provide IHT and a weekly updated count of how many openings each has can be accessed by visiting MABHA.com and logging in as a guest.

How much does it cost?

This program is only covered by all Mass Health managed care companies, including
MBHP, HNE (Be Healthy), BMC, NHP, and Fallon.

 

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI):

In-Home Therapy is one of six services created by the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), which was created to help keep children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral health needs in their homes and communities.  These services are available to children who are receiving many types of MassHealth from birth until their 21st birthday.  The services are especially designed to support children, adolescents, and their families in the places where they feel most comfortable—their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

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