BHRS/Wraparound Services

What is BHRS/Wraparound?

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Service (also known as wraparound) is an intensive behavioral service that strives to improve a child’s quality of life through the provision of individualized mental health treatment.  BHRS is provided to children who have behavioral issues that make it difficult to function in their everyday routines.  The treatment provided will not only reduce the problem behaviors, but will teach your child how to replace those behaviors with more positive and socially appropriate behavior.  The services can be provided wherever the child needs it whether it be at home, in the community, and/or in the school setting.   BHRS is considered a short term and intensive service.  Because of this, Southwestern devises a treatment plan that caters to your child’s specific needs in order to stabilize the child as quickly as possible and works to transfer the skills necessary to support the child to the parent, caregiver, or teacher.

Who Qualifies?

In order to qualify for BHR services, your child must meet the following requirements:

What Does BHRS Look Like?

BHRS can be prescribed in a number of ways, depending on your child’s needs.  Services are typically scheduled on a weekly basis and are consistently scheduled from one week to the next. The staff can be present in the home, community, and/or school environment.  Every 6 months your child will be reevaluated by the doctor to determine if he or she continues to meet medical necessity for the service.  The treatment team will assist your child in learning new skills, improving maladaptive behaviors, and then will transition the approved interventions to parents, caregivers, and teachers to ensure that when BHRS ends, your child will be able to maintain behavioral stability.  Your child’s treatment team may consist of the following clinicians:

Resources

Getting services started can be an overwhelming task.  Southwestern Human Services is happy to assist you in obtaining the services that are necessary for your child.  If you have questions, please call the BHRS Department at (412) 831-8211 and ask for the intake coordinator.  You can also complete the referral form and mail, fax, or drop it off at our office. A list of resources is also included to support you in taking steps to obtaining BHRS.

In order to qualify for BHRS, your child must have active medical assistance.  The DPW website will guide you through the MA application process http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/healthcaremedicalassistance/index.htm.  You can also follow the directions on the MA Loophole letter to apply for MA even if you are not financially qualified.

For more information regarding Mental Health services in Allegheny county, please visit http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/youth-mh-services.aspx.

If your child is diagnosed with a mental illness or mental retardation, you can apply for supports coordination services.  Supports Coordinators will assist you through the process of obtaining necessary services that are needed to support your child and will become a valuable member or your child’s treatment team.