Community Treatment Teams (CTT): PMHCC
information provided by: Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
PMHCC CTT's mission is to provide comprehensive case management services to people with severe mental illness. Originally created in 1989 for the purpose of serving patients discharged from Philadelphia State Hospital as a result of its closure, it has since broadened its mandate to include patients discharged from Norristown State Hospital (NSH), persons with forensic histories and those with co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse) disorders. Currently, CTT can serve 525 extremely vulnerable and at risk individuals. CTT operates on a team model, with each of its seven (7) teams composed of a Team Leader, nurse, five (5) intensive case managers, (one ICM with focused training in MH & D/A) and an intensive case manager technician. There are three full-time psychiatrists assigned to specific teams. In addition, there are support and administrative staff provided to each team. Each client is assigned to a team based upon their needs, with certain teams specializing in providing services to individuals with mental health and co-occurring needs such as drugs & alcohol, developmental disabilities, forensic histories, and the elderly. The team provides 24-hour/7 day coverage and does whatever is necessary to enable the client to survive in the community. CTT embraces a holistic approach to service, ensuring that each client has appropriate behavioral, medical and dental health care, vocational opportunities, financial resources, a home, social and recreational activities. All CTT work is based on a philosophy of client choice and individual strengths and it often involves creative approaches to service as well as close linkages with other organizations. Practically all work is performed in the community and "out of the office", wherever the client needs assistance. CTT works very closely with the Department of Behavior Health Services, which is its client referral source as well as other PMHCC programs.
Record last updated: May 28 2009 10:47AM