Basic Skills Training (BST)

BST is a rehabilitative service whose goal is to reduce cognitive and behavioral impairment and to restore service recipients to their highest levels of functioning. BST uses positive reinforcement, modeling, operant conditioning, and other training techniques and aligns these techniques to the cognitive and behavioral impairments of an identified mental health condition. Patients' mental health conditions often require training in functional skills, appropriate behaviors, activities of daily living, use of community resources, assistance with medication management, and monitoring of health, nutrition, and physical health. BST is NOT companion care.

 

Standard components of BST include:

  • Basic Living and Self-Care Skills: Members learn how to manage their daily lives; learn safe and appropriate behaviors;
  • Social Skills: Members learn how to identify and comprehend the physical, emotional, and interpersonal needs of others—learn how to interact with others;
  • Communication Skills: Members learn how to communicate their physical, emotional, and interpersonal needs to others—learn how to listen and identify the needs of others;
  • Parental Training: Parental training teaches the member's parents/guardians BST techniques. The objective is to help parents/guardians continue the member's care in home and community based settings. Parental training must target the restoration of the member's cognitive and behavioral mental health impairment needs.
  • Organization and Time Management Skills: Members learn how to manage and prioritize their daily activities; and/or
  • Transitional Living Skills: Members learn necessary skills to begin partially independent and/or fully independent lives.

Standard outcomes of BST include:

  • Improved learning and application of knowledge
  • Improved communication
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved self-care
  • Improved domestic life
  • Improved interpersonal interactions and relationships
  • Improved communication and social life
  • Improved support and relationships
  • Linkage to resources and supports

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) is an especially intense type of outpatient care consisting of sustained treatment that intends to restore a relatively full integration into the community, exemplified by an ability to work or attend school. Services are planned based on individual needs and can include support for medication adherence, treatment of substance abuse, therapy to enhance social and interpersonal skills, family participation, and involvement in community activities.

Standard components of PRS include:

  • Assessment
  • Education regarding mental health diagnosis
  • Education regarding appropriate medications
  • Relapse prevention
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Social and Interpersonal Skills

Standard outcomes of PRS include:

  • Improved learning and application of knowledge
  • Improved communication
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved self-care
  • Improved domestic life
  • Improved interpersonal interactions and relationships
  • Improved communication and social life
  • Improved support and relationships
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