Program elements of the covered services include:
Engagement sessions, usually involving caretakers and eligible Medicaid recipients, who may meet separately or together, depending on clinical condition and other considerations, to be determined by the eligible provider.
These sessions focus on:
exploring precipitants of previous acute episodes of illness
review of prodromal signs and symptoms
reactions of the family in supporting family members with an illness
coping strategies and strengths that have been successful
social supports in the communities
grief and mourning in relation to the illness and a contract for treatment and the development of a treatment plan
There may be three or more engagement sessions, as early in the course of an episode or illness as possible.
Educational workshops, involving caretaking relatives and, at the determination of the practitioners leading the workshop, eligible Medicaid recipients.
These workshops offer extensive information about the biological, psychological, and social aspects of mental illness, the nature, effects and side effects of psychiatric treatments, what families can do to facilitate recovery and prevention of relapse and guidelines for management of mental illnesses.
Ongoing supportive and problem solving sessions occur in a multifamily or single family format, usually with the eligible Medicaid recipient present.
These sessions follow an empirically tested format and focus on solving problems that interfere with treatment, illness and symptom management, and coping skills. Case management may also be accomplished during these sessions. They are usually biweekly, and become monthly after stability has been achieved. They continue for at least one year and two years is indicated for consumers who experience schizophrenic disorders.
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit