Center for Behavioral Medicine operates a series of five programs within the greater Kansas City Area. These homes provide clinical care to psychiatric clients in the community in the least restrictive setting possible. Clients come into our services through referrals from Community Mental Health Centers in our region along with referrals from other DMH facilities throughout the state.

Alternative Services Facilities

Services are provided at six sites:

  • Benton (11 beds)
  • Crossroads (11 beds)
  • Esperanza House (8 beds female MI/DD)
  • Lakeland (9 beds male MI/DD)
  • Highlands ( 8 beds male MI/DD )

CBM’s community based facilities are designed to promote patient stability and maximize independent living skills through 24/7 structured oversight, therapeutic interventions, medication management and education and case management, coordinated by the patient’s primary CMHC or DD division care provider/support coordinator. Admissions, evaluated independently to match the client's clinical need with least restrictive living environment and skill enhancement capability, are coordinated through the Director of Alternative Services. It is anticipated that many of the clients will gain the necessary skills to live independently, locating to the community of their choice on discharge from the residential environment. It is also recognized that some clients may have lengthy stays while they work on skill development. As noted above three of our facilities serve clients with both a MI & DD diagnoses. Staff in these facilities are trained to address the clinical care needs of this population with the hope of moving them forward into a more independent living setting.

Residential Treatment

Clients will have medical records developed detailing psychiatric histories and responses to past and current treatment interventions. Available past and current assessments of social/family support systems as well as psychological, physiological, and developmental information will be included in the medical record and used to provide treatment in the residential setting. Rehabilitation Treatment and Person Centered Planning addresses linkage of outpatient community mental health treatment as well as the client’s current clinical responses and is created in collaboration with the client, family/guardian, their significant others and community providers. The client receives therapeutic milieu services provided by an interdisciplinary, culturally competent, on site staff, supervised by professional staff, on a 24/7 basis.

Admission Criteria

Alternative Services settings are intended to serve those individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders and currently require a self-contained residential housing environment. This service provides 24/7 supervision and care for individuals who are unable to safely remain in an unsupervised setting within the community. Admission to an Alternative Services Facility is always an elective admission, based on bed availability. Elective admissions allow an opportunity to assess each client and to match them with the most appropriate residential program and environment in order to promote optimal treatment outcomes. Rehabilitation Goals are based upon presenting symptoms, which may not be successfully addressed in the community yet do not require more structured inpatient hospitalization. Clients are referred to our facilities through their Community Mental Health Center Case Manager, Support coordinator from a regional office, or their inpatient social worker. You may obtain a form to make a referral through the Director of Alternative Services, at (816) 512-7000.

Discharge Criteria

Discharge criteria to a community environment, a less restricted level of care, are based upon the client’s ability to achieve and maintain their Rehabilitation Goals with regard to maintaining stable, independent functioning, responsible medication and physical health management, and linkage with the community mental health care provider network.