Alternative Services

Center for Behavioral Medicine operates two programs within the greater Kansas City Area. These homes provide clinical care to clients with psychiatric and intellectual/developmental disabilities in the community, in the least restrictive setting possible. In order to reside in our facilities, clients must be eligible for the comprehensive waiver funding. Clients come into our services through referrals from DMH facilities throughout the state, Community Mental Health Centers or other DD Support Coordination Services.

Alternative Services Facilities

Services are provided at two sites:

  • Lakeland (9 beds male MI/DD)
  • Highlands ( 8 beds male MI/DD )

CBM’s community based facilities are designed to promote client 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 DD division care provider/support coordinator or CMHC. Admissions, evaluated independently to match the client's clinical need with the least restrictive living environment and skill enhancement capability, are coordinated through the Director of Alternative Services. Our facilities serve clients with both a MI & DD diagnoses. Staff 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. Individual support 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 individuals with severe psychiatric disorders and intellectual/development disabilities, who 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 Support coordinator from a regional office, their inpatient social worker or Community Mental Health Center Case Manager. 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 and DD provider network.