Mental health skill-building services shall be defined as goal directed training to enable individuals to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.
Functional skills and appropriate behavior related to the individual’s health and safety; activities of daily living, and use of community resources; assistance with medication management; and monitoring health, nutrition, and physical condition. Mental Health Skill-building services are individualized training to enable individuals to achieve and maintain community stability and independence in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment.
The foundation of Estelle’s PCS began over 30 years ago when Mrs. Estelle Baker had a vision to care for the elderly population she witnessed being uncared for in her church and community. She immediately began working on her vision of how she would assist the elderly individuals in her community. Shortly after, Mrs. Estelle opened a Assisted Living Facility. We carry on the legacy by providing services in the community.
We have extensive experience with working with adults in different living environments. People living in Assisted Living Facilities, independently and with a caretaker fit well in our scope of service.
We pride ourselves on being involve in the community by providing free training and education in Mental Health.
Please contact us with questions.
3105 Western Branch Blvd. Suite 4, Chesapeake, Va 23321
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat & Sun Closed
Individuals qualifying for MHSS must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to mental, behavioral, or emotional illness that results in significant functional impairments in major life activities.
Individuals age 21 and over shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive MHSS:
A. The individual shall have one of the following as a primary mental health diagnosis:
1) Schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder as set out in the DSM-5,
2) Major Depressive Disorder;
3) Recurrent Bipolar I or Bipolar II;
4) Any other serious mental health disorder that a physician has documented specific to the identified individual within the past year that includes all
of the following: (i) is a serious mental illness; (ii) results in severe and recurrent disability; (iii) produces functional limitations in the
individual’s major life activities that are documented in the individual’s medical record, AND; (iv) the individual requires individualized training in order to achieve or maintain independent living in the community.
B. The individual shall require individualized goal directed training in order to acquire or maintain self-regulation of basic living skills such, as symptom management; adherence to psychiatric and physical health medication treatment plans; appropriate use of social skills and personal support system; skills to manage personal hygiene, food preparation, and the maintenance of personal adequate nutrition; money management; and use of community resources.
C. The individual shall have a prior history of any of the following: (i) psychiatric hospitalization; (ii) either residential or non-residential crisis stabilization, (iii) ICT or Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) services; (iv) placement in
a psychiatric residential treatment facility as a result of decompensation related to the individual’s serious mental illness; or (v) a temporary detention order (TDO) evaluation pursuant to the Code of Virginia §37.2-809(B). This criterion shall be met in order to be initially admitted to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service. Discharge summaries from prior providers that clearly indicate (i) the type
of treatment provided, (ii) the dates of the treatment previously provided, and (iii) the name of treatment provider shall be sufficient to meet this requirement. Family member statements shall not suffice to meet this requirement.
D. The individual shall have had a prescription for antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, or
antidepressant medications within the 12 months prior to the SSPI. If a physician or
other practitioner who is authorized by his license to prescribe medications indicates
that anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, or antidepressant medications are medically contraindicated for the individual, the provider shall obtain medical records signed
by the physician or other licensed prescriber detailing the contraindication. This documentation shall be maintained in the individual’s MHSS record, and the provider shall document and describe how the individual will be able to actively participate in and benefit from services without the assistance of medication. This criterion shall be met upon admission to services, and not for subsequent authorizations of service. Discharge summaries from prior providers that clearly indicate (i) the type of treatment provided, including psychiatric medication history, (ii) the dates of the treatment previously provided, and (iii) the name of treatment provider shall be sufficient to meet this requirement. Family member statements shall not suffice to meet this requirement.
If you are interested in receiving services for yourself or someone you know please complete the referral form and fax it to us at 757-299-1921 or
give us a call at 757-620-1008 and we will be happy to assist you.