Child Behavioral Health Initiative
The Child Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) is an interagency initiative of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services whose mission is to strengthen, expand and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care, to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school and community. CBHI values are:
- Child-Centered and Family Driven: Services are driven by the needs and preferences of the child and family, developed in partnership with families, and accountable to families
- Strengths-Based: Services are built on the strengths of the family and their community
- Culturally Responsive: Services are responsive to the family’s values, beliefs, norms and to the socio-economic and cultural context.
- Collaborative and Integrated: Services are integrated across child-serving agencies and programs.
- Continuously Improving: Service improvements reflect a culture of continuous learning, informed by date, family feedback, evidence and best practice.
The vision of CBHI places the family and child at the center of our service delivery system, and will build an integrated system of behavioral health services that meet the individual needs of the child and family. Policies, financing, management and delivery of publicly-funded behavioral health services will be integrated to make it easier for families to find and access appropriate services and to ensure that families feel welcome, respected and receive services that meet their needs, as defined by the family. Click here for additional information.
Under CBHI Island Counseling Center provides the following services:
- In-Home Therapy: A service for children (under 21) and their family delivered by one or more members of a team consisting of a professional and paraprofessional staff. The main focus is to ameliorate the child’s mental health issues and strengthen the family structures and supports. Services are delivered in the home and community, include an urgent response capability and frequency and duration of sessions are flexible and not time limited. A treatment plan is developed to implement focused structural or strategic interventions and behavioral techniques to enhance problem solving, limit setting, risk management and safety planning, communication, building skills to strengthen the family, improve patterns of interaction, and identify community supports.
- Therapeutic Mentoring: A service for children (under 21) in any setting where the child resides that offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services for the purpose of addressing daily living, social and communication needs. These services include coaching, supporting and training with the child in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, functional skill-building, problem solving and conflict resolution, and inter-relating to peers and adults.