Family-Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS)
Family-based mental health services (FBMHS) are voluntary mental health services for children and teenagers who have a serious emotional or behavioral disorder, and their families.
FBMHS help children who may need psychiatric hospital services or other out-of-home services. FBMHS can provide crisis intervention at any time of the day or night to decrease the possibility of your child needing to leave home due to a crisis.
FBMHS may be appropriate if your child:
- Has serious emotional and/or behavioral difficulties
- Is at risk of needing treatment in a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment facility (RTF), or another type of out-of-home setting
- Needs an intense mental health service. At a minimum, outpatient therapy has been tried and has not been enough to help your child
How to get FBMHS
- At least one adult family member or caregiver must be willing to participate in your child’s treatment.
- A psychiatrist or psychologist must recommend the services for your child.
How can the FBMHS team help your child and family if you have a crisis?
At the beginning of treatment, your FBMHS team will work with you and your family to make a crisis plan. If the crisis plan does not work as planned, you should call your FBMHS provider directly for help. Your FBMHS team is available to you when you have a crisis, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The goal of the FBMHS team is to help you keep your family strong and together by:
- Improving communication and stress management skills
- Teaching you and your family problem-solving skills
- Improving coping skills
- Teaching parenting and behavior management skills
- Advocating for your child in the school and community
- Helping your family obtain other needed services
Things to know about FBMHS:
- FBMHS are only for families that want the service.
- FBMHS include individual and family therapy, case management, crisis intervention, and family support as needed.
- FBMHS are provided by a team of 2 mental health workers.
- The family and the treatment team establish treatment goals.
- Families must be seen at least once a week by the treatment team or more often if needed.
- FBMHS are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays, for scheduled appointments and crisis intervention.