The Access Center provides an array of community coordination and services supporting entry into outpatient treatment at KMHS. Clinically trained staff provide information, referrals to community resources, and screening by phone and in-person for individuals requesting services. These staff are also certified Navigators able to assist individuals and families with enrolling in health coverage through Washington's Health Benefit Exchange. Access clinicians conduct intake assessments for both Child and Family and Adult Outpatient clients, and provide brief therapy for adults. The Access team includes hospital liaisons who interface with Western State Hospital, community hospitals, Evaluation and Treatment centers in other regions, the KMHS Adult and Youth Inpatient Units, and coordinate the Children's Long-Term Inpatient Placement (CLIP) application and review process in Kitsap County.
Adult Inpatient Unit (AIU) – The Adult Inpatient Unit provides 15 residential evaluation and treatment beds for services to involuntarily detained adults suffering acute psychiatric symptoms. Individuals 18 years of age or older who have been involuntarily detained within the PRSN receive evaluation and treatment designed to resolve acute psychiatric episodes and return them to the community and individualized outpatient services. Voluntary inpatient treatment is offered on a space-available basis.
Youth Inpatient Unit (YIU) – The Youth Inpatient Unit is a 10-bed inpatient facility for evaluation and short-term treatment of children and youth (8 to 17 years old) who suffer severe emotional disturbances who are not appropriate for less restrictive treatment. Priority consideration for services is given to residents of the Peninsula Regional Support Network. The youth may enter services as a voluntary client or be detained under the Involuntary Treatment Act. The YIU is philosophically directed toward returning the youth to the community as soon as possible to finish treatment in an outpatient setting. The YIU is accessed through the Crisis Response Team. Additionally, the YIU performs a regional function of Children's Long-Term Inpatient Placement (CLIP) referral coordination and access to the Children's Respite Room in emergency or crisis situations.
Gatekeeping for Medicaid-Eligible Voluntary Psychiatric Hospitalizations
This is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week service to determine the medical necessity for hospital admissions for Medicaid-covered individuals. If a less-intensive treatment is indicated, a diversionary treatment plan is provided that meets the immediate need. Clinicians in Child & Family, Adult and Older Adult Services are assigned to work with the hospital staff in designing an individual plan of care for the hospitalized consumer that ensures timely treatment, discharge planning and linkage to KMHS Community Support Services.
The On-Call Program provides a trained group of experienced individuals who can fill in for regular staff when needed. In addition, On-Call staff are trained and utilized to supplement regular staff in the provision of individually tailored and non-categorical community-based wrap-around services. These staff also serve as a ready resource when workloads exceed the capacity of individual programs. On-Call staff provide an excellent resource when hiring for full-time positions.
This is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for information about and referrals for housing, food, medical, dental, children and senior services, assistance for the disabled, social service agencies and more. This is a cooperative project between United Way of Kitsap County; United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County; United Way of Clallam County; and KMHS. This service can be accessed by calling 2-1-1 (or 1-866-736-9634) or on the internet at http://www.win211.org
Resource Management Services
Assigned clinicians plan, coordinate and authorize residential and community support services pursuant to the individual needs and service plans of clients. Services include 7-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day availability of information regarding enrollment and individual service plans to Crisis Response Teams, Evaluation and Treatment facilities and others as appropriate.
Coordination and Operating of PRSN’s Information Services
KMHS, under contract with the RSN, provides computer support for all PRSN providers. The software of choice for the PRSN and all providers is ProFiler® from UNI/CARE Systems Incorporated. This software is quite flexible and allows customization to meet changing requirements. Each provider enters client data into a shared database on a daily basis. The data required by the Mental Health Division is verified for accuracy and transferred weekly to the State system. Medicaid eligibility information is also maintained and available to all providers serving Medicaid clients anywhere in the PRSN region. Information Services (IS) staff at KMHS handles the system security, daily backup, program revisions, management reporting and training for the four regional providers and PRSN staff.