Professional Partner Program
Region 3 recognizes that when a child graduates from high school, moves away from home and/or becomes an adult many changes happen in that young adult’s life. Entitlement to many services end, and young people and their families are faced with many options and decisions about the future. The most common choices for the future are pursuing vocational training or further academic education, getting a job, and living independently. For young adults with behavioral health disorders, these choices may be more complex and may require a great deal of planning.
The Region 3 Professional Partner Program is a component of Region 3 Behavioral Health Services. Currently, the Professional Partner Program serves youth ages 0 to 21. The Professional Partner Program is proposing to increase the number of youth served through the program by employing a Transitional Professional Partner to focus on young adults ages 18-25 that experience a behavioral health disorder.
OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE
The program is based upon the wraparound approach to service delivery relying on the natural support systems of the young adult in their neighborhood and community. Wraparound is a model of needs driven and strengths based planning. It is a process ‑ not a program. Wraparound is an unconditional commitment to creating services that support normalized and inclusive options for consumers with complex needs and their families. The young adult identifies those individuals he/she wants to have as members of their Team. The Transitional Professional Partner is then responsible for bringing together this team that will include family members and designees, the Professional Partner, community individuals, and invited service providers. The Transitional Professional Partner will be responsible for utilizing the referral information, meeting with the young adult, their family and team to set up an Individualized Plan of Care which will guide the course of action, assemble team members, facilitate plan development, and monitor the interventions stated in the plan. The Transitional Professional Partner will assist the young adult in navigating the system, advocating for services, and providing support to the team members in creating an individualized, comprehensive plan.
The purpose of the Transitional Professional Partner is to assist young adults with a serious and persistent mental illness in accessing community based services to meet their needs without going into undue debt to cover services, placement in a more restrictive level of care, becoming homeless, or having to give up their own child(ren) as a ward of the state. The program is a partnership between the young adult and the Transitional Professional Partner. The program targets this population which, if in need, would be at high risk of being unable to access services. The program is needs driven and based on the strengths of the young adult not their weaknesses. The Individualized Consumer Service Plan is focused on normalization to ensure that the basic needs of all persons of like age, sex, culture etc. are met. The Individualized Consumer Support Plan is developed for each young adult and is based upon the strengths and concerns of the young adult across eleven (11) domains, including mental health, substance abuse, residential, family, education, vocational, social/recreational, medical, legal, safety, and cultural.
Our mission is to utilize the wraparound approach to coordinate supports and services to young adults that experience a behavioral health disorder and to ensure they have a voice and ownership in developing an accessible, comprehensive individualized support plan.
The program is strength‑based, embraces a family‑centered philosophy and acknowledges the young adults as equal partners. It promotes utilization of the least restrictive, least intrusive developmentally appropriate interventions in accordance with the strengths and needs of the family and consumer within the most normalized environment.
Referrals to the program come directly from individuals, families ICCU, HHS, courts, child welfare, county attorneys, behavioral health providers and community organizations.