BHRS (Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services)
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) are available in Mercer County for children and adolescents diagnosed with an emotional disturbance and/or a mental illness: are eligible for Medical Assistance; and have been prescribed as medically necessary by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. These services are intended to “wraparound” and provide services to children and adolescents at home, school, or in the community in order to prevent a more restrictive/intrusive level of care.
CIRT (Critical Incident Response Team)
The MCBHC Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) serves the Behavioral Health needs of Mercer County in times of disaster. The team is comprised of school psychologists, mental health therapists, psychiatric nurses, mental health delegates, domestic violence counselors, clergy, school personnel, drug and alcohol prevention specialists, case manages from both mental health and mental retardation departments and program administrators.
Forensic Case Management
The Forensic Program offers multiple services to the inmates of the jail including Assessment & Evaluation Services, Psycho-Educational Group Programming, as well as Crisis Intervention Services.
Mobile Psychiatric Nursing
Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission continues to provide Mobile Psychiatric Nursing (MPN) services to assist individuals with Serious Mental Illness who are residing in a community setting and are experiencing difficulties maintaining adherence to their medication regiment. For many individuals, the lack of consistent medication compliance frequently results in an increase in mental health crisis and an overall decline in mental health stability. Frequently, the inconsistency in medication compliance results in an inpatient treatment stay.
Peer Specialist Services
The Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission received approval from the OMHSAS to become a provider of Certified Peer Specialist Services in April 2008. From that time, the MCBHC has provided Peer Support Services by individuals who are self-identified current or former consumers of mental health services. Consumers of Peer Support Services are inspired to recognize that their recovery goals are attainable.
Recovery Specialist Services
In August 2010, the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission implemented a Drug/Alcohol Recovery Specialist Program. Recovery Specialist services are provided by a Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) Drug and Alcohol Recovery Specialist which involves 54 hours of training as well as a certification exam. Recovery Specialist services are provided to individuals with addiction issues or co-occurring mental health and addiction issues in need of outreach, mentoring, and peer support in all stages of the recovery process.