Our Mission is to provide each and every child the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential. We accomplish this by ensuring access to an array of effective high quality mental health services and through partnerships with family members, professionals, and the community.
EHN provides mental health services for children and adolescents ages 3 years to seventeen who suffer from a variety of emotional disturbances which cause severe emotional and/or social disability.
- Skills Training and Development
- Medication Training and Support
- Routine Care Management
- Parent Support Group
- Family Training
- Family Counseling
- Psychiatric Diagnostic Interview Examination
- Pharmacological Management
- Laboratory Services
- Crisis Services
Additional Services include:
Crisis Screening/Mental Health Assessment and Referral Crisis screening services can be accessed by telephone outreach, or office visit. A Psychiatrist will perform an assessment on a consumer in crisis or with no prior clinical history. When appropriate, crises are referred to the El Paso Psychiatric Center Adolescent Unit for intensive evaluation and treatment.
A QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) will conduct an assessment on those consumers who meet the priority population definition, by the interviewing the consumer, parent(s), and/or significant others.
All pertinent records on the consumer will be requested from medical providers, agencies, and schools. Case management needs are assessed. A psychiatrist will perform a psychiatric evaluation when needed and/or refer the consumer for, neurological, or psychological consultations. All the information collected is integrated into a comprehensive assessment from which the treatment team, including the consumer and family, determine treatment goals and interventions. Multi-agency service needs are referred to the Community Resource Coordination Group for interagency collaborative response.
When the ChAMHPs unit is closed the Crisis Line will provide telephone intervention. The Crisis Line may then access a ChAMHPs QMHP for further support or intervention if needed.
Case Management Services are initiated after the completion of the intake assessment. Case managers work with the families and the consumer to provide for and coordinate needed services, advocate for services, identify new services needs, and assist families in resolving needs through unique, effective approaches to the system of community services.
IFS/Project Hope provides home based crisis intervention and therapeutic services to families at risk of needing more restrictive levels of care. These services are intensive (up to several hours per day) but time limited (usually up to eight weeks).
Direct services provided include: crisis intervention, family therapy, teaching or modeling appropriate skills and interventions for use when patterns of dysfunction or challenging behavior occur.
Other interventions include:
- Stress management
- Identifying and linking to services needed
- Assisting families in resolving basic needs.
Caseworkers are accessible 24-hours a day to assist families in effectively resolving crisis.
Intensive Family Intervention Case Workers will provide home based therapeutic services to at risk families with children five years of age and under.
These in home services will be focused on teaching and modeling appropriate skills and interventions to assist with patterns of dysfunctional or challenging behavior using various management techniques, teaching ways for families to advocate for their child, ramifications of their child's diagnosis, and implications of treatment and medication management.
Other direct services may include: crisis intervention and management, family therapy, nurturing skills training, and stress management.
Consumers first receive a psychiatric evaluation and medical assessment to determine if medication treatment is appropriate. In cases where medication is prescribed, a nurse and caseworker will be involved to assess the consumer's response to the medication, symptom management, and the impact of the medication on the consumer and the family.
Parents and guardians are active participants in decisions regarding initiating medication and changes in treatment. Additionally, they assist in the monitoring of the medication regimen in the home. Physical examinations and laboratory monitoring may be ordered.
When needed, consumers will be referred to a provider outside of EHN. Medication training regarding possible side effects, and adverse reactions is provided to consumers and families as part of this program.
The Children Adolescent Mental Health Programs (ChAMHPs) treatment team and/or assigned caseworker may identify needs for specialized contract services. The caseworker makes arrangements and appointments with the provider of these services. Contracted services include:
- Counseling/therapy services
- Respite care education advocacy
- Neuropsychological evaluations
- Therapeutic recreation
A community support caseworker monitors consumer/family participation and progress toward identified goals and objectives. Regularly scheduled contacts and staffing are used to assess consumer satisfaction with services, treatment progress, and treatment compliance. Identified areas of need not addressed by the caseworker may be handled through direct services or community referral.